Melissa Park MA OT, PhD, is a researcher at the Lady Davis Institute and Culture & Mental Health Research Unit, Jewish General Hospital and Associate Professor at the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, McGill University. Through her Listen2Connect initiatives, she aims to understand the experiences of and work collaboratively with those who have the most at stake in re-imagining dementia.
Patrícia Belchior PhD, is an occupational therapist, Associate Professor at the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy at McGill University and a researcher at the Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM). Through her #Tech2Connect initiative, she aims to provide opportunities for persons living with dementia and their carers to stay connected to what matters to them.
Thomas W. Valente, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California. Through his Network Envisioning Simulator (NES) initiative, he will combine his expertise in social network analysis, health communication, and mathematical models to evaluate changes to our What connects Us-Ce qui nous lie network over time.
Keven Lee MSc ergOT, is a trained professional dancer and occupational therapist, currently completing his PhD in rehabilitation science at McGill University His doctoral project is an ethnography on the experiences of carers and persons living with dementia that includes Moving-with, a movement-based group he designed to explore new ways of moving with others.
As our project coordinator, Seiyan Yang MA is our research anchor for all partner activities. She spent her undergraduate years in Anthropology and Social Studies in Medicine, and earned a Master’s in Public Health. Her interest in multi-disciplinary approaches to wellness piqued her interest in the project's focus on and her desire to help in redressing social stigma and isolation faced by those who are experience illness, particularly persons living with dementia and their carers.
As our go-to researcher, Arnaud Francioni, MSc received his masters in Intercultural and International Communication at Université du Québec à Montréal. His passions for living in different places and topics such as Environmental Communication and Environmental Ethics form the basis for his belief that sustainable environments are places where everyone, whoever they are and whatever their mental conditions, are recognized as central to a creating more balanced and caring communities in multi-cultural societies.
Chesley Walsh is the developer and coordinator of the Community Care Networks, a central linking project in What connect us-Ce qui nous lie. Chesley has been co-creating projects towards community care & body sovereignty justice and, in the past two years, directed the Touch-Volunteers in Partnership program with community and patient partners of the Jewish General Hospital. She also teaches within the Loyola Sustainability Research Centre of Concordia University.