Richard Hovey

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

*Note that Dr. Hovey is on sabbatical until January 2024.

Dr. Hovey is an Associate Professor in the Division of Oral Health and Society with the Faculty of Dental Medicine and Oral Health Sciences, 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
Room 537
Research areas: 
Pain and Neuroscience
Population Oral Health
Selected publications: 

Richard B. Hovey, Angela C. Morck, & Marie Vigouroux. (2023). The Hermeneutic Wager: Building Community in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology. Journal of Applied Hermeneutics ISSN: 1927-4416. DOI: 10.55016/ojs/jah.v2023i2023.78439

Hovey, RB. Encountering chemotherapy 2.0. CMAJ August 08, 2023, 195 (30) E1014-E1015; DOI:

Vigouroux M, Newman G, Amja K and Hovey RB (2023) “He told me my pain was in my head”: mitigating testimonial injustice through peer support. Front. Pain Res. 4:1125963. doi: 10.3389/fpain.2023.1125963

Hovey RB. The Daily Grind of Living with Chronic Pain: An Applied Hermeneutic Exploration. Glob Qual Nurs Res. 2023 Jan 10;10:23333936221148591. doi: 10.1177/23333936221148591. PMID: 36644372; PMCID: PMC9834916

Sherif M. Elsaraj, Mervyn Gornitsky, Richard Hovey, Firoozeh Samim, Zovinar Der Khatchadourian & Ana Velly (2023) The contribution of insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea on the transition from acute to chronic painful temporomandibular disorders, and its persistence: a prospective 3-month cohort study, Canadian Journal of Pain, DOI: 10.1080/24740527.2023.2266738

Adriana Angarita-Fonseca, Anaïs Lacasse, Manon Choinière, Jean-Luc Kaboré,Marie-Pierre Sylvestre, Gillis Delmas Tchouangue Dinkou, Julie Bruneau, Marc O. Martel, Richard Hovey, Aude Motulsky, Elham Rahme, M. Gabrielle Pagé.Trajectories of opioid consumption as predictors of patient-reported outcomes among individuals attending multidisciplinary pain treatment clinics. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2023;1‐18. doi:10.1002/ pds.5706

Vigouroux M, Newman G, Amja K and Hovey RB (2023) “He told me my pain was in my head”: mitigating testimonial injustice through peer support. Front. Pain Res. 4:1125963. doi: 10.3389/fpain.2023.1125963

Hovey RB. The Daily Grind of Living With Chronic Pain: An Applied Hermeneutic Exploration. Global Qualitative Nursing Research. 2023;10. doi:10.1177/23333936221148591

Khalili-Mahani, N., Hovey, R. B., Mischkowski, D., eds. (2022). Qualitative pain research: Capturing and integrating cultural, social and linguistic data. Lausanne: Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/978-2-83250-995-1

Khalili-Mahani N, Mischkowski D and Hovey RB (2022) Editorial: Qualitative pain research: Capturing and integrating cultural, social and linguistic data.Front. Pain Res. 3:1082044.
doi: 10.3389/fpain.2022.1082044

Hovey RB, Pavate V and Vigouroux M (2022) Lives Penciled in, the Reality of Chronic Health Conditions and Trauma: Reflexivity, Health, and Shadowed Identities. Front. Pain Res. 3:903724. doi: 10.3389/fpain.2022.903724

Vigouroux, M, Amja, K, Bertolizio, G, Ingelmo, P, Hovey, R. Reflecting back to move forward: Lessons learned about COVID-19 safety protocols from pediatric anesthesiologists. Pediatr Anesth. 2022; 00: 1- 6. doi: 10.1111/pan.14531

Hovey RB, Vigouroux M, Noushi N, Pavate V, Amja K. Applied Philosophical Hermeneutic Research: the unmethod. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. January 2022. doi:10.1177/16094069221101237surgery: a pediatric patient perspective. Journal of Patient Experience.

Mandy M. J. Li, BSc, Cynthia L. Larche, BSc, Kelsey Vickers, BSc,Marie Vigouroux, PhD, Pablo M. Ingelmo, MD, Richard Hovey, PhD, Catherine E. Ferland, PhD. Experience and Management of the Adverse Effects of Analgesics After Surgery: A Pediatric Patient Perspective. Journal of Patient Experience. January 2022. doi:10.1177/23743735221092632

Wafaa Safour, BDS, MSc; Richard Hovey, BEd, PhD: Advice for Dentists from Temporomandibular Disorder Patients: A Phenomenological Study: J Can Dent Assoc 2022; 88:m4. ISSN: 1488-2159.

Hovey RB. Enriching Clinical Encounters Through Qualitative Research. J Patient Exp. 2022 Feb 16;9:23743735221077536. doi: 10.1177/23743735221077536. PMID: 35187222; PMCID: PMC8855454.

Play the Pain: A Digital Strategy for Play-Oriented Research and Action, by Najmeh Khalili-Mahani, Eileen Holowka, Sandra Woods, Mathieu Roy, Myrna Lashley, Tristan Glatard, Rilla Khaled, Janis Timm-Bottos, Albert Dahan, Marieke Niesters, Richard Bruce Hovey, Bart Simon, Laurence J Kirmayer, published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, section Digital Mental Health.

P. Malik, B. Ferraz dos Santos, F. Girard, R. Hovey, and C. Bedos. (2021) Physical Constraint in Pediatric Dentistry: The Lived Experience of Parents. JCT - JDR Clinical & Translational Research (Original report: Qualitative research) DOI: 10.1177/23800844211041952

Hovey, RB. (2021). Experiencing Cancer during a Pandemic: Reflections, Perspectives and Wagers with a Leap of Faith and Belief. Ars Medica.VOL. 16 NO. 1 (2021): SPECIAL ISSUE: COVID-19 Feature Piece.

Amja, K., Vigouroux, M., Gabrielle Pagé M., and Hovey, RB. (2021).The Experiences of People Living with Chronic Pain During a Pandemic“Crumbling Dreams with Uncertain Futures”. Qualitative Health Research.

Safour, Wafaa and Hovey, Richard (2021) "Exploring mental health experience in individuals living with temporomandibular disorders," Patient Experience Journal: Vol. 8: Iss. 1, Article 18. DOI: 10.35680/2372-0247.1437

Hovey RB, Pavate V, Vigouroux M, Amja K. (2020). A reconceptualization of the negative self-stereotyping of the patient-partner to the introduction of the patient perspective consultant. Perm J 2020; 24:20.006. DOI:

Hovey RB, (2020) “Living with a Trifecta of Pain and Cancer with Personal Reflections of COVID-19”. Volume 7, Issue 5 of Journal of Patient Experience and is available at

Hovey, Richard B. Dr.; Linkiewich, Delane Ms.; and Brachaniec, Mary Ms. (2020) "Chronic pain, vulnerability and human spirit while living under the umbrella of COVID-19," Patient Experience Journal: Vol. 7: Iss. 2, Article 8. DOI: 10.35680/2372-0247.1504

Richard B. Hovey, Charo Rodríguez, Steven Jordan (2020). Beyond Lecturing: An Introduction to Gadamer's Dialogical Hermeneutics with Insights into Health Professions Education. Health Professions Education. Volume 6, Issue 4,

Humanizing Indigenous Peoples' engagement in health care. Sylliboy JR, Hovey RB. CMAJ. 2020 Jan 20;192(3):E70-E72. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.190754

Rachel Szwimer, Manuella Widjaja, Dr. Pablo Ingelmo, Dr. Richard Hovey. (2020). A phenomenological exploration of the personal implications of female adolescents living with chronic pain. J Pediatr Health Care. 34, 470-477.

Gabrielle M. Page ́; Anaıs Lacassec; the Quebec Back Pain Consortium (in alphabetical order):Nicolas Beaudetd, Manon Choiniere, Simon Deslauriersg, Luda Diatchenko, Laurent Dupuisd, Stephanie Gregoire, Richard Hovey, Erwan Leclaird,Guillaume Leonard,Carolina B. Melotoi, Francesca Montagna, Alexandre Parent, Pierre Rainville, Jean-Sebastien Roy, Mathieu Roy, Mark A. Ware, Timothy H. Wideman, Laura S. Stone. (2020). The Quebec Low Back Pain Study: a protocol for an innovative 2-tier provincial cohort. Pain Reports.

Richard B. Hovey, M.A. PhD, Rachel Szwimer, M.Sc., Mona Jillani, B.D.S, M.Sc., Manuella Widjaja, M.Sc. (2020). Philosophical Hermeneutics and Teaching through Behandlung: The Treatment and Handling of Patients with Care. Journal of Patient Experience.

Mark J. Yaffe, Richard B. Hovey & Charo Rodriguez. (2019). Use of patients’ unsolicited correspondence to a family doctor to describe and understand valued components of a doctor-patient relationship: A Hermeneutics approach. BMC Family Practice. 20:136

Safour W, Hovey R. (2019). A Phenomenological Study About the Dietary Habits and Digestive Complications for People Living with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.J Oral Facial Pain Headache. Jun 24. doi: 10.11607/ofph.2302.

Oral healthcare experiences of humanitarian migrants in Montreal, Canada. (2019).Mark Tambe Keboa, Belinda Nicolau, Richard Bruce Hovey, Shahrokh Esfandiari, Franco Carnevale, Mary Ellen Macdonald. Canadian Journal of Public Health.DOI:10.17269/s41997-019-00193-5

A qualitative study on the oral health of humanitarian migrants in Canada. (2019) Mark Keboa, Belinda Nicolau, Richard Hovey, Shahrokh Esfandiari, Franco Carnevale, Mary Ellen Macdonald. Community Dental Health Journal.doi: 10.1922/CDH_4455Keboa06

Hovey RB, Khayat VC, & Feig E. (2018) Listening to and letting pain speak: Poetic 2018, Vol 12(2) 95–103 reflections. British Journal of Pain.

Hovey, R. B., Seganathy, E., Morck, A., Phillips, M., Poulette, A., King, M., Macaulay, A. C., & Gruber, R. (2018). Understanding the sleep habits of children within an Indigenous community. IJIH, 13(1), 42 – 64. https;//

Hovey RB, Khayat VC, Feig E. (2018). Cathartic poetry: Healing through narrative. Perm J 2018;22:17-196. PubMed. DOI:

Hovey, RB. (2018) "The gift of pain with transformative possibilities," Patient Experience Journal: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 4. Available at: (

Keboa M, Beaudin J, Cyr J, Decoste J, Power F, Hovey RB, Lafrance L, Ouellet D, Wiseman M, & Macdonald ME. (2018). Dentistry and nursing working together to improve oral health care in a long-term care facility. Geriatric Nursing.

Hovey RB. (2018). Serendipity meets Extemporarily: Soul of the Healer. Perm J: Fall Volume 22 Number 4. P60.

Salsberg J, Macridis S, Delormier T, Hovey RB, Andersson N, McComber AM, Macaulay AC (2018). Engaging communities to identify needs and develop solutions: Participatory research incorporates community voice in all aspects of health research decision-making. In N Arya & T Pigott (Eds.), Pursuing Health. Edmonton, AB: Athabasca University Press.

Hazaveh M, & Hovey RB. (2018). Patient Experience of Living with Orofacial Pain: An Interpretive Phenomenological Study. JDR Clinical & Translational Research.

Lachance J, Hovey RB, & Desbiens JF. (2018). Self-Transformations of Health Professionals in the Field. International Journal of Whole Person Care Vol 5, No 2. DOI:

Apelian N, Vergnes JN, Hovey RB, & Bedos C (2018). How can we provide person-centreddental care? British Dental Journal. 223(6), 419-424.

Furlini L, Noushi N, Castonguay G, Allison P, Bedos C, De Souza R, Esfandiari S, Hovey RB, Macdonald ME, Morris M, Nicolau B, Power F, Feine J. (2018). Assessing Dental Students' Readiness to Treat Populations That Are Underserved: A Scoping Review.J Dent Educ. May;82(5):483-491. doi: 10.21815/JDE.018.053.

Hovey R (2017). Occasionally a Patient: Always a Person (Perspective). Journal of Patient Experience, 1-2.doi: 10.1177/2374373517726074.

Murdoch-Flower J, Tremblay MC, Hovey R, Delormier T, Gray-Donald K, Delaronde E, Macaulay, AC. (2019). Understanding how Indigenous culturally-based interventions canImprove participants’ health in Canada. Health Promotion International. Health Promot Int. 2019 Feb 1;34(1):154-165. doi: 10.1093/heapro/dax059.

Hovey R, Seganathy E, Phillips M, Morck AC, Poulette A, King M, Macaulay, AC & Gruber (2018). Understanding the sleep habits of children within an Indigenous community.International Journal of Indigenous Health Research.

Kiessling C, Tsimtsiou Z, Essersc G, van Nuland M, Anvik T, Bujnowska-Fedak MM, Hovey R,Joakimsen R, Junod Perron N, Rosenbaum M, & Silverman J. (2017). General principles to consider when designing a clinical communication assessment program. Patient Education in Counselling.

Hovey R, Delormier T, McComber A, Martin D, & Levesque L (2017). Enhancing Indigenous health promotion research through two-eyed seeing: A relational process. Journal ofQualitative Health Research. doi: 10.1177/1049732317697948

Hovey R (2016). Cathartic narratives for chaotic thinking. Canadian Medical Association Journal. Humanities (Encounters)188(17-18), E543-545. doi:10.1503/cmaj.160831.Blogcast version: - more-3707

Hovey R, Rodriguez R, Jordan S, & Morck AC (2016) Synergistic research in medical education: Some philosophical reflections. Journal of Applied Hermeneutics. 2016, Article 9.

Hovey R, Delormier T, & McComber A (2014). Social-relational understandings of health andwell-being from an Indigenous perspective. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 10(1), 35-54. doi:

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

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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