Current Position and Professional Functions

Dr. Parsons is a scientist in the Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital; Staff Research Scientist, Applied Health Research Centre, St. Michael's Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto; Associate, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto; CQ Fellow, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She has an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto. She is currently accepting graduate students through the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto. She is currently serving on both master’s and doctoral thesis committees at University of Toronto, as well as a doctoral thesis committee through McGill University. She is also a member of the Dissertation Awards Committee at the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research at University of Toronto.

Education and Training

PhD (Medical Science), University of Toronto; MSc (Medical Science), University of Toronto; BSc (Physical Therapy), University of Toronto; BA (Sociology/Anthropology), Carleton University


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Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Parsons' clinical specialty is Physical Therapy. Her research interests are qualitative methods, knowledge translation, narrative and film-based methods, social determinants of health, oncology, health services research. Her research is focused on applying qualitative methodologies to a variety of health care issues. Most recently she has been developing a new film-based method (Brokered Dialogue) with her colleague Jim Lavery (a fellow scientist at St. Michael’s). While working in a variety of topic areas, her main interests include patients’ experiences of cancer and other illnesses, health services delivery, drug policy, health disparities, and the sociology of health and illness. Additional interests include arts-based research, knowledge translation, and public engagement in health care. Theoretically her research is informed by narrative analytic theory, including the work of Arthur Frank and others.

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