Janet Parsons




Dr. Janet Parsons is a Scientist at the Applied Health Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is also an Associate Professor affiliated with the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, the Department of Physical Therapy, the Institute of Medical Science and the Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. She is an Academic Fellow at the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (CQ) at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (U of T). Dr. Parsons’ research is focused on developing and applying qualitative methodologies to a variety of health care issues, with specific interests in narrative, arts-based and visual methods for research and knowledge translation. As a methodologist and health services researcher working in a wide range of topic areas, her main interests include patients’ experiences of illness, health disparities, patient and community engagement, healthcare delivery, and the sociology of health and illness. Dr. Parsons has contributed to the training of numerous graduate students. She currently serves as the Co-Director of the Research Training Centre (RTC) at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Recent Publications

  1. Ho, ES, Parsons, JA, Davidge, K, Clarke, HM, Lawson, ML, Wright, FV et al.. Developing a Decision Aid for Youth with Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries Facing Treatment Decisions for an Elbow Flexion Contracture. PM R. 2021; :. doi: 10.1002/pmrj.12677. PubMed PMID:34259390 .
  2. Ho, ES, Parsons, JA, Davidge, KM, Clarke, HM, Wright, FV. Shared decision making in youth with brachial plexus birth injuries and their families: A qualitative study. Patient Educ Couns. 2021; :. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2021.03.017. PubMed PMID:33766450 .
  3. Pritlove, C, Markowitz, B, Mukerji, G, Advani, A, Parsons, JA. Experiences and perspectives of the parents of emerging adults living with type 1 diabetes. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2020;8 (1):. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-001125. PubMed PMID:33004400 PubMed Central PMC7534673.
  4. Ala-Leppilampi, K, Baker, NA, McKillop, C, Butler, MO, Siu, LL, Spreafico, A et al.. Cancer patients' experiences with immune checkpoint modulators: A qualitative study. Cancer Med. 2020;9 (9):3015-3022. doi: 10.1002/cam4.2940. PubMed PMID:32119767 PubMed Central PMC7196048.
  5. Stevens, ME, Parsons, JA, Read, SE, Bond, V, Solomon, P, Nixon, SA et al.. The relationship between stigma and a rehabilitation framework [international classification of functioning, disability and health (ICF)]: three case studies of women living with HIV in Lusaka, Zambia. Disabil Rehabil. 2021;43 (15):2149-2156. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1693640. PubMed PMID:31766899 .
  6. Orkin, A, Campbell, D, Handford, C, Hopkins, S, Klaiman, M, Leece, P et al.. Protocol for a mixed-methods feasibility study for the surviving opioid overdose with naloxone education and resuscitation (SOONER) randomised control trial. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (11):e029436. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-029436. PubMed PMID:31722937 PubMed Central PMC6858090.
  7. Markowitz, B, Pritlove, C, Mukerji, G, Lavery, JV, Parsons, JA, Advani, A et al.. The 3i Conceptual Framework for Recognizing Patient Perspectives of Type 1 Diabetes During Emerging Adulthood. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2 (7):e196944. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.6944. PubMed PMID:31298715 PubMed Central PMC6628591.
  8. Parsons, JA, Greenspan, NR, Baker, NA, McKillop, C, Hicks, LK, Chan, O et al.. Treatment preferences of patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma: a qualitative study. BMC Cancer. 2019;19 (1):264. doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-5467-x. PubMed PMID:30909874 PubMed Central PMC6434792.
  9. Pritlove, C, Juando-Prats, C, Ala-Leppilampi, K, Parsons, JA. The good, the bad, and the ugly of implicit bias. Lancet. 2019;393 (10171):502-504. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)32267-0. PubMed PMID:30739671 .
  10. Antoniou, T, Ala-Leppilampi, K, Shearer, D, Parsons, JA, Tadrous, M, Gomes, T et al.. "Like being put on an ice floe and shoved away": A qualitative study of the impacts of opioid-related policy changes on people who take opioids. Int J Drug Policy. 2019;66 :15-22. doi: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.01.015. PubMed PMID:30685650 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Co-Director, Research Training Centre (RTC), Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science & Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto
  • Associate Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto
  • CQ Fellow, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto