Franco A. Carnevale

Franco A. Carnevale

Full Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University
Associate Member, Faculty of Medicine (Pediatrics), McGill University
Adjunct Professor, Counselling Psychology, McGill University
Affiliate Member, Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University

Franco A. Carnevale is a nurse, psychologist and clinical ethicist. He completed his undergraduate nursing degree, and three master's degrees in nursing, education, and bioethics, as well as a doctorate in counseling psychology at McGill University. He also completed a master’s degree in philosophy at Université de Sherbrooke and a second doctorate in moral philosophy at Université Laval. In addition, he completed graduate studies in health law, anthropology, and cultural psychiatry. Dr. Carnevale's primary research interests include a wide range of concerns in pediatric ethics. He is the founder and principal investigator for VOICE (Views On Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics). His clinical appointments include: Co-Chair of the Pediatric Ethics Committee, Nursing Advisor, and Associate Member of Pediatric Critical Care, all at the Montreal Children's Hospital-MUHC; as well as Clinical Ethicist for Child, Adolescent and Family Services at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and Clinical Ethics Consultant at Le Phare, Enfants et Familles (pediatric hospice and respite care).  

Franco Carnevale led a study of life-sustaining treatment decisions in the pediatric ICU in Italy [multi-site]. Data analysis is completed and the manuscript is being prepared (2019). Franco led a research project to examine the community-based PPC work conducted by Le Phare, a pediatric hospice in Montreal. This manuscript has been submitted to the journal Cahiers francophones de soins palliatifs [pending acceptance following minor modifications] in 2019. A version of this work was presented as a workshop at the 2018 International Congress. Franco is leading a normative analysis of legal and ethical standards on the participation of children in discussions and decisions regarding cancer treatment in pediatric oncology in India [with Mary Ellen Macdonald]. Funded projects: Advancing interdisciplinary research in childhood ethics: An ethnographic examination of best interests and moral agency. SSHRC, Insight Grant. $439,231, 2014 -2019. PI: FA Carnevale; CoIs: D Collin-Vezina, ME Macdonald, JF Menard, S Shariff, V Talwar, S Van Praagh

Selected Publications

Martinez, AM, Castiglione, S, Dupuis, F, Legault, A, Proulx, MC, Carnevale, FA (2019). Having therapeutic conversations with fathers grieving the death of a child. Omega – Journal of Death and Dying, 2019 Jan 28:30222819825916 [Epub ahead of print].

Carnevale FA, Carter B, van Wijlen J. Book chapter: Ten Ethical Principles for Neonatal Palliative Care, published in Handbook of Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative Care, 2019.

Giannini, A. & Carnevale, F.A. (in press). Do we always do the "right" thing? The influence of cultural aspects on ICU work and organization. Minerva Anestesiologica.

Rul, B. & Carnevale, F.A. (2014). Recherche en soins palliatifs: intérêt des méthodes qualitatives. Médecine Palliative: Soins de Support-Accompagnement-Éthique, 13 (5), 241-248.

Proulx, M-C., Martinez, A-M., Carnevale, F.A., & Legault, A. (in press). Fathers’ Experience after the Death of their Child (aged 1–17 years). Omega: J Death and Dying.

Carnevale, F.A., de Moura Bubadué, R, Simões da Fonseca, E., & Evangelista Cabral, I. (2014). Análise Normativa Dos Padrões Éticos Para Crianças No Brasil (A normative analysis of ethical standards for children in Brazil). Revista da SORBI (Official journal of the Brazilian Sociedade Rio-Grandense de Bioética: SORBI), 2(1), 35-55.

Carnevale, F.A., Farrell, C., Cremer, R., Séguret, S., Canouï, P., Leclerc, F., Lacroix, J., & Hubert, P. (2014). Communication in pediatric critical care: A proposal for an evidence-informed framework. J Child Health Care. 2014 Jul 18. pii: 1367493514540817. [Epub ahead of print]. 

Carnevale, F.A. & Dagenais, M. (2014). Nursing Care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. In D.S. Wheeler, H.R. Wong, & T.P. Shanley (eds.), Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Volume 1: Care of the Critically Ill or Injured Child (2nd ed.). London: Springer-Verlag. 41-46.

Carnevale, F.A. (2014). Une perspective éthique sur le soutien aux familles d'enfants atteints de conditions chroniques complexes. In: M. Champagne, S. Mongeau, & L. Lussier, Le soutien aux familles d’enfants gravement malades: regards sur des pratiques novatrices. Montréal: Presses de l’Université du Québec, 197-212.

Carnevale, F.A., Campbell, A., Collin-Vézina, D., & Macdonald, M.E. (2013). Interdisciplinary Studies of Childhood Ethics: Developing a New Field of Inquiry. Children & Society. Article first published online: 4 OCT 2013 (DOI: 10.1111/chso.12063).

de Moura Bubadué, R., Cardoso de Paula, C., Carnevale, F.A., Catalina Ochoa Marín, S., Netto de Brum, C., & Maris de Mello Padoin, S. (2013). Vulnerability of children with HIV/AIDS in transition from childhood to adolescence. Escola Anna Nery Revista de Enfermagem, 17(4), 705-712.

Carnevale, F.A. & Gaudreault, J. (2013). The experience of critically ill children: A phenomenological study of discomfort and comfort. Dynamics –J Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses, 24(1), 19-27.

Carnevale, F.A. (2012). Ethical challenges in pediatric palliative care medicine. Médecine Palliative : Soins de Support - Accompagnement – Éthique, 11, 246-251.In French: Préoccupations éthiques en médecine palliative pédiatrique [].

Carnevale, F.A. (2012). Listening authentically to youthful voices: A conception of the moral agency of children. In: J.L. Storch, P. Rodney, & R. Starzomski (Eds.), Toward a moral horizon: Nursing ethics for leadership and practice (2nd ed). Pearson Education: Canada, 315-332.

Larcher, V. & Carnevale, F.A. (2012). Ethics. In A. Goldman, R. Hain, & S. Liben, Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children 2nd Ed. (Eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 35-46.

Carnevale, F.A., Farrell, C., Cremer, R., Canoui, P., Séguret, S., Gaudreault, J., de Bérail, B., Lacroix, J., Leclerc, F., & Hubert, P. (2012). Struggling to do what is right for the child: Pediatric Life-Support Decisions among Physicians and Nurses in France and Quebec. J Child Health Care, 16(2), 109-123.

Macdonald ME, Liben S, Carnevale F.A., Cohen SR. An Office or Bedroom? A Disconnect between family culture and professional culture in the PICU. J Child Health Care 2012; 16(3):237–249.

Campbell A, Macdonald ME, Jackson S, Carnevale M, Collin-Vézina C, Carnevale F.A. Child citizenship and agency as shaped by legal obligations. Child and Family Law Quarterly 2011;23(4):489-512). Available at SSRN:

Carnevale F.A., Macdonald ME, Bluebond-Langner M, and McKeever P. Participant Observation in Pediatric Health Care Settings: Recommendations for Conducting Ethical Research. J Child Health Care, 2008, 12(1): 18-32.

Macdonald ME, Liben S, Carnevale F.A., and Cohen SR. Signs of Life and Signs of Death: Brain Death and Other Mixed Messages at the End-Of-Life. J Child Health Care, 2008 12(2):93-106.

Macdonald ME, and Carnevale F.A. Qualitative Health Research and the IRB: Answering the "So What?" with Qualitative Inquiry. J Academic Ethics, 2008, 6: 1-5.

Macdonald ME, Carnevale F.A., and Razack S. Understanding What Residents Want and What Residents Need: The Challenge of Cultural Training in Pediatrics. Medical Teacher, 2007, 29(5): 464–471.

Macdonald ME, Liben S, Carnevale F.A., Rennick JE, Wolf SL, Meloche D, and Cohen SR. Parental Perspectives on Hospital Staff Acts of Kindness and Commemoration after a Child's Death. Pediatrics, 2005, 116(4): 884-890.



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