Melissa M. Park

McGill University

Transforming Mental Health Services: A participatory mixed methods study to promote and evaluate the implementation of recovery-oriented care

Our Research Team

Front Row (left to right): Tom Valente: PhD, Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California (Social Network Analysis): Melissa Park: PhD OT/L, Assistant Professor McGill University, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (Principal Investigator); Sarah Sandham: MA, Research Coordination/Ethnography; Carolyn Ells: PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Bioethics Unit, McGill University (Ethics); Arlen Aguyao-Stewart: BA, AMI-Quebec, Group Facilitator
Back Row (left to right): Jon Salsberg: PhD(c) Associate Director Participatory Research at McGill (PRAM) (Participatory Research); Raphael Lencucha: PhD, OT, Assistant Professor, McGill University, Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy (Policy); Suzanne Rouleau: MSc OT,  Jewish General Hospital, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University (Principal Knowledge User); Orly Estein: B.Ed, Certified Peer Support Worker at the CSSS Cavendish Mental Health Department, Group Facilitator, AMI-Quebec (Knowledge User); Hiba Zafran: PhD(c) OT, Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University (Ethnography); Janet Stewart: MSc paire aidante certifiée, Centre de santé et services sociaux de la Montagne (Knowledge User) 


 "We are very thankful for the funding we received from a partnered initiative from the Rx&D Health Research Foundation (HRF) and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) – Fostering Innovation in Health Care. This funding will allow us to use and evaluate an innovative mix of participatory research approaches to tailor national policy to the needs of particular stakeholders while developing strategies to locate the contextual barriers and resources to improve mental health care delivery.

The vision created by the HRF and CIHR initiative aligns with, and is indicative of, the type of person-first and multi-level partnerships we are creating with mental health professionals, persons with lived experience of mental illness and family members who are stakeholders in a department of psychiatry in Montréal, AMI-Québec and Accreditation Canada. Implementing policy on, and meeting new practice guidelines for, recovery-oriented services will require more than just the creation of additional standards of care. Rather, it will require working closely with local stakeholders who live and work in a range of highly diverse contexts across Canada. Thus, The envisioned outcome of this funding support will be a methodological “TAILLOR” (Tailoring Action Initiatives: Local Lenses on Recovery) tool-kit which other organizations can use and access freely to foster their own innovative and patient-oriented mental health services on recovery that fit the particular needs of local stakeholders across a range of highly diverse contexts across Canada."



In 2019, the Health Research Foundation (HRF) of Innovative Medicines Canada will award two (2) research Fellowships in the area of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health Research in its impact on health care in Canada.