Elyse Park, Ph.D., MPH, FAPOS
Dr. Park clinical health psychologist and health services researcher who, for the past 20 years at MGH, has been dedicated to understanding and improving health-related behaviors among cancer survivors and populations at risk for cancer and chronic disease. Her research focuses on developing and implementing behavioral interventions to enhance resiliency, decrease tobacco use, and improve access to healthcare. A Professor of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, her research is conducted at the MGH Mongan Institute’s Health Policy Research Center and Department of Psychiatry. She is director of a new joint Psychiatry and Medicine, initiative, the Health Promotion and Resiliency Intervention Research Program (HPRIR (pronounced hip-errr). Clinically, she treats cancer survivors.
She founded the MGH Division of Clinical Research’s Qualitative Mixed Methods Research Unit and directs behavioral research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and the Tobacco Research and Treatment Center and, in this capacity, and has developed evidence-based interventions. Accordingly, she started two hospital-based clinical services: the MGH Cancer Center’s Smokefree Support Service and the MGH Cancer Center Resiliency Survivorship Group Program. She mentors MGH trainees and faculty on the integration of behavioral interventions into clinical care, and her mentees span across the departments of Psychiatry, Medicine, Oncology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Radiology, and Pediatrics.
She is grateful for two decades of collaborations at MGH and wants to acknowledge her mentors, colleagues, staff, friends, and family for their enduring support.