Elly Park, PhD, Reg. OT(AB)

Profile portrait of Elly Park.

Assistant Professor of Teaching

phone: 250–960–5581



I completed my BSc at the University of British Columbia in Life Sciences, my MScOT at the University of Alberta in 2009, and my PhD in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2015. 

I taught occupational therapy courses for five years at the University of Alberta. My teaching experiences span from introductory anatomy courses and labs, to the capstone critical review project with individual students. I especially enjoy working with smaller seminar groups where students are able to share their experiences and foster learning in an inclusive environment.  

Prior to joining the department, I held postdoctoral fellowships at the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, where my research covered digital storytelling and dementia, and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, where I investigated the experiences of people living with obesity and osteoarthritis through digital storytelling. 

I am currently working in Prince George, BC as part of the MOT North program. 



My research interests focus on using a narrative inquiry methodology, with an emphasis on relational ethics, where the researcher and participant have prolonged engagement based on respect, empathy and equity. I am passionate about community-based research and working with vulnerable populations through a lens of social justice.


I have a broad range of teaching expertise, including evidence-based practice and knowledge translation in occupational therapy, enabling occupation and community, human systems, narrative inquiry as a qualitative research method, clinical implications of hip and knee conditions, and narrative inquiry in disability research.

Research Opportunities for MSc/PhD Students

I am not currently supervising any research students.


  • Member, College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia 
  • Registered Occupational Therapist, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists 
  • Member, International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) 
  • Member, Strategies in Patient Oriented Research (SPOR) Evidence Alliance

Select Publications

*link to articles provided when possible*

Hodgetts, S., Richards, K., & ParkE. (2018). Preparing for the future: multi-stakeholder perspectives on autonomous goal setting for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Disability and Rehabilitation, 40(20), 2372- 2379.  DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1334836  

Hodgetts, S., & Park, E. (2017). Preparing for the future: a review of tools and strategies to support autonomous goal setting for children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. Disability and Rehabilitation39(6), 535-543.  

Park, E., Caine, V., McConnell, D. & Minaker, J. (2016). Ethical tensions as educative spaces in narrative inquiry [41 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 17(2), Art. 25. http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1602252  

McConnell, D., Feldman, M., Aunos, M., Pacheco, L., Savage, A., … & Park, E. (2016). Ameliorating psychosocial risk among mothers with intellectual impairment. Community Mental Health Journal, 52(8), 944-953.  

McConnell, D., Hahn, L., Savage, A., Dubé, C., Park, E. (2016). Suicidal ideation among adults with disabilities in Western Canada: A brief report. Community Mental Health Journal, 52(5), 519-526.  

Hyun (Park), E., Hahn, L. and McConnell, D. (2014). Experiences of people with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 42(4), 308-314. DOI: 10.1111/bld.12076