Graham McCaffrey

Associate Professor

Faculty of Nursing


University of Calgary, 2012


Athabasca University, 2007

Registered General Nurse

St. Mary’s School of Nursing, 1987


University of Cambridge, 1983

Contact information


Office: 403.220.3516


Professional Faculties : PF3255


Research Interests

  • Mental health nursing – using nurse-patient interactions therapeutically
  • Buddhism and nursing – philosophical dialogue, compassion, mindfulness
  • Qualitative research – philosophical hermeneutics, intercultural inquiry


Dr. McCaffrey joined the Faculty in July 2012. His doctoral research was a hermeneutic study of nurses’ practices of relational care in mental health, using Buddhist perspectives as a way of opening to new understanding.  He is planning a complementary study of patients’ experiences. He is interested in continuing to develop dialogue between Buddhist thought and contemporary nursing – for example, focusing on compassion as a way of acting. Hermeneutics as a methodology invites precisely this kind of intercultural exchange. He is an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics and has presented his work at the Canadian Hermeneutic Institute.


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