Christine Mcpherson
Christine J. McPherson
Associate Professor

LEE 418H
613-562-5800 ext. 8394


Christine McPherson is a Registered Nurse and Health Psychologist who attained her Ph.D. from King’s College London (UK). She has taught in the School of Nursing at the graduate and undergraduate levels for several years, using different formats (i.e., clinical coordination, discussion group, lecture, seminar, online, and hybrid), covering topics such as research methods, nursing ethics, palliative care, socio-cultural aspects of aging, care of adults with acute and chronic conditions, and Ph.D. seminars.

The primary focus of her research is to understand the experiences of people with chronic and life-limiting illnesses and their families, with an emphasis on psychosocial and relational issues and symptom management; though her research extends beyond this focus (refer to Research Interests). Adopting a pragmatic approach to research, she uses qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods.

She is actively involved in capacity building and mobilizing research into practice; mentoring students in her faculty position and affiliations) and working with community stakeholders (refer to Useful Links). Her research mobilization activities include, systematic reviews in communication, provision of palliative care, and psychosocial interventions for the National Health Service (NHS) Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York (UK), and a scoping review of nurses’ roles in medical assistance in dying as part of her role in leading the development of nursing clinical practice guidelines in palliative and end-of-life care for the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO).

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Research interests

  • Psychosocial aspects of chronic disease
  • Social support and family
  • Palliative and end-of-life care
  • Medical assistance in dying
  • Aging
  • Nurses’ moral experiences
  • Research methodologies and knowledge syntheses


For a full list of publications and presentations: ResearchGate