Melanie Rock is an anthropologist and social worker whose research focuses on the societal and cultural dimensions of health, with an emphasis on the importance of nonhuman animals for mental, physical, and social well-being. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Her primary appointment is in the Cumming School of Medicine’s Department of Community Health Sciences, where she supervises graduate students specializing in Population and Public Health. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, as well as adjunct appointments with supervisory privileges in the Faculty of Social Work and in the Department of Anthropology and Archeology, Faculty of Arts. In 2016, she became Associate Scientific Director with the O'Brien Institute for Public Health.