Melanie Rock

Associate Professor

Community Health Sciences


Ecosystem & Public Health


Anthropology & Archaeology, Social Work

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

M.S.W. (Master of Social Work)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Health Promotion)

Registered Social Worker (AB College of Social Workers)

Contact information


Office : TRW3E-13

Preferred method of communication

Administrative Assistant: 
Lydia Vaz
Ph: 403.220.6845

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Mental Health

Research activities

Melanie is an anthropologist and social worker whose research focuses on the societal and cultural dimensions of health, with an emphasis on the importance of non-human animals for mental, physical, and social well-being. Honorary affiliations include the Institut de recherche en santé publique de l'Université de Montréal and the Human-Animal Research Network (HARN) at the University of Sydney. She has been a CIHR-IPPH Visiting Scholar/Lecturer at the University of Sydney, the University of Exeter, and the University of Edinburgh.


Google Scholar


CIHR New Investigator, 2001 - 2012

AHFMR Population Health Investigator, 2007 - 2014

Continuous Tri-Council funding (SSHRC &/or CIHR) as PI since 2004