Richard Hovey

Associate Professor
Richard Hovey
Contact Information
514-398-4400 Ext 09056
Email address: 
richard.hovey [at]

Dr. Hovey is an Associate Professor in the Division of Oral Health and Society with the Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University; as well as an Adjunct Professor in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.

Research Interests

Dr. Hovey has defined expertise in bridging gaps between theory and practice in areas such as patient centered care and communication in healthcare. His research approach utilizes philosophical hermeneutics and phenomenology in strengthening our understanding of the experiences of vulnerable and underserved populations, like those living with chronic illness, cancer, disability, or the affects of medically induced trauma. Topics of interest include patient and health professional education, communication, leadership, and interdisciplinary practice.



MA (McGill) 1989
PhD (Calgary) 2007

Areas of expertise: 
  • Qualitative research
  • Patient centred care
  • Chronic illness
  • Medical Education / Communication
Research areas: 
Pain and Neuroscience
Population Oral Health
Selected publications: 

Hovey R. and Apelian N. (2014). Is our incapacity for conversation a serious barrier to person centred medicine? The International Journal of Person Centred Medicine. Vol. 4, Issue 1 pp 52-59.

Hovey RB, Delormier T, & McComber A. (2014). Social-relational understandings of health and well-being from an Indigenous perspective. International Journal of Indigenous Health.

Hovey RB & Natoli A. (2014). Working through disclosure and apology with the person and family: A humanizing approach to medical error. The European Journal of Person Centred Health Care, Vol. 2, No 3.

Rajeh M., Hovey R. and Esfandiari S. (2014) An Inquiry into Female Dentists’ Professional Lives and Concerns. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2, 121-129.

Hovey R (2014). “Where the word breaks off, no thing may be:” Testimony, research and hermeneutics. Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Spring 2014. Available online.

Hovey RB & Amir N (2013). The hermeneutics of suffering: Researching trauma. The International Journal of Person Centred Medicine, 3(2), 160-169.

Lévesque MC, Hovey RB & Bedos C (2013). Advancing patient-centered care through transformative educational leadership: A critical review of health care professional preparation for patient-centered care. Journal of Healthcare Leadership, 5, 535-546.

Hovey R & Massfeller H (2012). Exploring the relational aspects of patient and doctor communication. Journal of Medicine and the Person, 10(2), 81-86.

Hovey, R., & Massfeller, H. (In press). Exploring the relational aspects of patient and doctor communication. Journal of Medicine and the Person.

Hovey, R., Cuthbertson, K., Birnie K., Thomas, B. C., Robinson, J., Massfeller, H., Ruether, J. D., & Scott, C. (2012). The influence of distress on knowledge transfer for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer. Journal of Cancer Education, doi 10.1007/s13187-012-0343-2

Hovey, R., & Craig, R. (2012). Learning to live with osteoporosis: A metaphoric narrative. Journal of Applied Hermeneutics, Article 3.

Hovey, R. (2012). Assessment in health promotion: Deconstruction and metaphoric considerations in a nutshell. In G. D. Gilmore (Ed.), Needs and Capacity Assessment Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion (4th edition) (pp. 333-344). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Hovey, R., & Craig, R. (2011). Understanding the relational aspects of learning with, from, and about the other. Nursing Philosophy, 12(2), 262-270. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-769X.2011.00491.x

Hovey, R., Dvorak, M., Hatlie, M., Burton, T., Padilla, J., Worsham, S., & Morck, A. (2011). Patient safety: A consumer's perspective. Qualitative Health Research, 21(5), 662 - 672. doi: 10.1177/1049732311399779

Hovey, R., Morck A., Nettleton, S., Robin, S. Bullis, D., Findlay, A., & Massfeller, H. (2010). Partners in our Care: Patient Safety from a Patient Perspective. British Medical Journal: Quality Safety in Health Care, 19,1- 4. doi: 10.1136/qshc.2008.030908

Yen, W., Hovey, R., Hodwitz, K., & Zhang, S. (2010). Emotional intelligence (EI) meets the multiple mini-interview (MMI). Advances in Health Sciences Education, 16(1), 59-67. doi: 10.1007/s10459-010-9241-8

Hovey, R., & Paul, J. (2007). Healing, the patient narrative-story and the medical practitioner: A relationship to enhance care for the chronically ill patient. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 6(4), 53-66.

Hovey, R. (2007). “What does it mean to live with Osteoporosis?” Doctoral Dissertation. Graduate Division of Educational Research, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Calgary.  

Bell, A, Dorsch, K.D., McCreary, D.R., & Hovey, R. (2004). Enhancing Performance? A Look at Nutritional Supplement Use in Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 34, 508-516.

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