Tanya Park, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing


Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
(780) 492-9109
5-317 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 has 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 student experiences like simulation & clinical placement. 


My current research includes projects that inform the research program; Living well with schizophrenia across the lifespan. Other projects include; demonstration project of inter -professional simulation, investigating student nurses experience of bullying in health care settings, exploring different models of clinical placement from students’ perspective and understanding nursing students’ beliefs about nursing and gender. I currently supervise Honors, Masters and  PhD students in Canada and Australia, in the areas of women's health, mental health, education issues for nursing students and simulation. 


    NURS 556 - Teaching in Nursing Practice

    Students will explore theories of learning and the related implications for effective educational endeavors in various contexts of nursing practice. The course will facilitate how learning outcomes in nursing practice are influenced by the orientation, characteristics, and actions of those who teach and learn, as well as the resources and constraints within each context where the teaching and learning processes occur.

    Fall Term 2020


    An educational program for mental health nurses and community health workers from Pacific Island countries: Results from a pilot study
    Author(s): Usher K, Park T, Trueman S, Redman-MacLaren M, Casella E, Woods C
    Publication Date: 2014
    Publication: Issues in Mental Health Nursing

    Conducting a grounded theory study in a language other than English: procedures for ensuring the integrity of translation
    Author(s): Nurjannah I, Mills J, Park T, Usher K
    Publication Date: 2014
    Publication: AGE Open

    Supporting Australian Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal nursing students using mentoring circles: an action research study
    Author(s): Mills J, Felton-Busch C, Park T, Maza K, Mills F, Ghee M, Hitchins M, Chamberlain-Salaun J, Neuendorff N
    Publication Date: 2014
    Publication: Higher Education Research & Development

    The Challenges of Conducting a Nurse-Led Intervention in a Randomized Controlled Trial with Vulnerable Participants
    Author(s): Park T, Usher K, Foster K
    Publication Date: 2014
    Publication: Nursing Research and Practice

    A randomised controlled trial undertaken to test a nurse led weight management and exercise intervention designed for people with serious mental illness who take second generation antipsychotics
    Author(s): Usher K, Park T, Foster K,& Buettner P
    Publication Date: 2013
    Publication: Journal of Advanced Nursing
    Page Numbers: 1539-1548