Dr Melanie Rock, MSW, PhD (Anthropology), RSW

Pronouns: She/Her
Photograph (in colour) of Melanie Rock


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

Full Member

Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research and Education

Full Member

The 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 health promotion in the context of inequities. For more than 15 years, Melanie's research program has focused on people's pets as negative and positive influences on mental, physical, and social well-being. Throughout this time, Melanie has continually held competitive funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, or both, amongst other sources.