University of Calgary

Graham McCaffrey

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


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.

Research Interests

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

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