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. Sayani, A, Maybee, A, Manthorne, J, Nicholson, E, Bloch, G, Parsons, JA et al.. Building Equitable Patient Partnerships during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Key Considerations for Research and Policy. Healthc Policy. 2021;17 (1):17-24. doi: 10.12927/hcpol.2021.26582. PubMed PMID:34543172 PubMed Central PMC8437252.
  2. Lo Hog Tian, JM, Watson, JR, Ibáñez-Carrasco, F, Tran, B, Parsons, JA, Maunder, RG et al.. Impact of experienced HIV stigma on health is mediated by internalized stigma and depression: results from the people living with HIV stigma index in Ontario. BMC Public Health. 2021;21 (1):1595. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-11596-w. PubMed PMID:34496825 PubMed Central PMC8427956.
  3. 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 .
  4. 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;104 (10):2586-2591. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2021.03.017. PubMed PMID:33766450 .
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 .
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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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