Graham McCaffrey, RN, BA, PhD

BA in History, University of Cambridge, UK, 1983
RGN, St. Mary's School of Nursing, London, UK, 1987
Cert in Psychosocial Nursing, Cassel Hospital, Richmond, UK, 1990
BN Athabasca University, 2007
PhD in Nursing, University of Calgary, 2012

Graham McCaffrey

Areas of Research

Mental health; trauma informed practice; humanities; nursing theory; hermeneutic research
My PhD (2012) thesis was an exploration of nurses' work on acute care mental health units using concepts and images from Buddhist thought. I am interested in the the role of the humanities in understanding nursing in its historical and cultural (and cross-cultural) contexts and published a book "Nursing and Humanities" (Routledge, 2020). I am currently exploring Trauma Informed Practice from this perspective. I have expertise in interpretive qualitative research, particularly hermeneutics, and have published theoretical articles about forms of nursing knowledge.

Supervising degrees

Nursing - Masters: Accepting Inquiries
Nursing - Doctoral: Accepting Inquiries

Working with this supervisor

For course based or thesis students, my area of clinical knowledge is mental health (adult and older adult primarily). For thesis students, my strength is in qualitative research and in particular interpretive, or hermeneutic work. I am best placed to support students who are interested in exploring a topic of interest in depth by approaching it as a complex, social, and dynamic phenomenon.

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