Tanya Park, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Pronouns: She/her


Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
(780) 492-9109
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9




  • PhD, James Cook University, Australia (2011)
  • Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching, James Cook University, Australia (2006)
  • Masters in Midwifery, University of Southern Queensland, Australia (2005)
  • Post Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing, James Cook University (1998)
  • Bachelor of Nursing Science, James Cook University (1996)

In July 2014 I moved to Edmonton from Australia to join the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta.

My nursing practice includes both clinical and academic experiences. My clinical experiences include private and public settings (in rural, remote and urban centres) in general nursing, mental health nursing, and midwifery settings including crisis, community and emergency mental health services. My academic experience started in 2005 when I joined the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition at James Cook University, Queensland. I have had the opportunity to teach with both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I have held a variety of teaching and administration roles in the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition at JCU including Tutor, Subject Coordinator, Clinical Director, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Deputy Head of School.

In 2011 I completed a PhD investigating the effects of a healthy lifestyle program on weight gain for people with serious mental illness. This study resulted in two additional studies investigating the experience of weight gain from the perspective of the person and the family.

My research and teaching interests reflect my clinical background and include mental health nursing, women's health, issues affecting the mentally ill, particularly living well with schizophrenia across the lifespan and nursing education. 


My program of research focuses on understanding and supporting what it means to live well with a chronic and persistent mental illness like schizophrenia. My research activities inform the improvement of mental health care to best support living with a mental illness. 

I currently supervise Honors, Master and Ph.D. students in Canada and Australia, in the areas of mental health, mental health nursing and education issues for nursing and nursing students. 

Scholarly Activities

Other - Associate Editor

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing - Wiley Online Library

IF 5.100

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

International Journal of Mental Health Nursing

Featured Publications

T Park, A Mullins, N Zahir, B Salami, G Lasiuk, K Hegadoren

Violence Against Women . 2021 January;

Tanya Park, Samia Hirani

Journal of Nursing Measurement. 2020 December;

Tanya Park, Kathy Hegadoren, Bernadette Workun

Journal Journal of Palliative Care. 2020 August;

Onouma Thummapol, Tanya Park, Margot Jackson, Sylvia Barton

International Journal of Qualitative Methods. 2019 May;

Usher K, Park T, Trueman S, Redman-MacLaren M, Casella E, Woods C

Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2014 January;

Nurjannah I, Mills J, Park T, Usher K

AGE Open. 2014 January;

Mills J, Felton-Busch C, Park T, Maza K, Mills F, Ghee M, Hitchins M, Chamberlain-Salaun J, Neuendorff N

Higher Education Research & Development. 2014 January;