Janet Parsons

PhD, MScm, PT, BSc, BA

Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute


My research is focused on applying qualitative methodologies to a variety of health care issues. Most recently I have been developing a new film-based method (Brokered Dialogue) with my colleague Dr. Jim Lavery. While working in a variety of topic areas, my 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 my research is informed by narrative analytic theory, including the work of Arthur Frank and others.

Recent Publications

  1. 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 .
  2. 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.
  3. 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 .
  4. 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 .
  5. Stevens, ME, Parsons, JA, Read, SE, Nixon, SA. The conceptualization of stigma within a rehabilitation framework using HIV as an example. Disabil Rehabil. 2019;41 (2):235-243. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1385099. PubMed PMID:28978242 .
  6. Hart, C, Poole, JM, Facey, ME, Parsons, JA. Holding Firm: Power, Push-Back, and Opportunities in Navigating the Liminal Space of Critical Qualitative Health Research. Qual Health Res. 2017;27 (12):1765-1774. doi: 10.1177/1049732317715631. PubMed PMID:28936929 .
  7. Parsons, JA, Yu, CH, Baker, NA, Mamdani, MM, Bhattacharyya, O, Zwarenstein, M et al.. Practice Doesn't Always Make Perfect: A Qualitative Study Explaining Why a Trial of an Educational Toolkit Did Not Improve Quality of Care. PLoS ONE. 2016;11 (12):e0167878. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167878. PubMed PMID:28030547 PubMed Central PMC5193379.
  8. Markowitz, B, Parsons, JA, Advani, A. Diabetes in Emerging Adulthood: Transitions Lost in Translation. Can J Diabetes. 2017;41 (1):1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jcjd.2016.06.004. PubMed PMID:27658766 .
  9. McKillop, C, Parsons, JA, Brown, J, Scott, S, Holness, DL. Rights, responsibilities and (re)presentation: Using drawings to convey health and safety messages among immigrant workers. Work. 2016;55 (1):37-50. doi: 10.3233/WOR-162385. PubMed PMID:27612066 .
  10. Parsons, JA, Bond, VA, Nixon, SA. 'Are We Not Human?' Stories of Stigma, Disability and HIV from Lusaka, Zambia and Their Implications for Access to Health Services. PLoS ONE. 2015;10 (6):e0127392. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127392. PubMed PMID:26039666 PubMed Central PMC4454491.
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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