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Dr. Melanie Rock

MSW, PhD (Anthropology), RSW
Pronouns: She/Her/They



Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences

Honorary Adjunct Professor

Faculty of Social Work, Calgary Campus

Honorary Adjunct Professor

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education

Full Member

O'Brien Institute for Public Health

Full Member

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Office of One Health

Member, Smart Cities Working Group

Faculty of Arts, Calgary Institute for the Humanities

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Educational Background

Post-Doctoral Research Associate (CIHR/CHSRF Fellow) Health Promotion, Université de Montréal, 2003

Doctor of Philosophy (SSHRC Scholar) Sociocultural & Medical Anthropology, McGill University, 2002

Master of Social Work (Sir James Lougheed Scholar) Social Policy and Community Services, University of Toronto, 1994

Programme en français langue étrangère - intermédiaire avancé Université Laval, 1992

Bachelor of Arts (Keyfitz Scholar) First Class Honours, Anthropology, McGill University, 1991

International Baccalaureate United World College of South-East Asia, 1988


Dr Melanie Rock is an anthropologist (PhD) and a social worker (MSW, RSW). As a postdoctoral fellow, Melanie studied how to promote human health in the context of socioeconomic inequities, with particular attention to Indigenous communities and urban areas. Over the years, Melanie has competed successfully for funding from both the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), amongst other sources. Since joining the University of Calgary in 2003, Melanie's research program has focused on people's pets as negative and positive influences on mental, physical, and social well-being.