Chantal Cara, PhD

Faculty of Nursing
Université de Montréal
Québec, Canada

Dr. Chantal Cara is currently a full professor at the Faculty of Nursing, Université de Montréal in Québec, Canada.  She received her BSN and MSN from the Université de Montréal and her Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Colorado, under the directorship of Dr. Jean Watson.  For more than 25 years, she has been actively involved in the advancement of caring science.  Dr. Cara’s teaching, research activities, and publications are aimed to promoting a caring approach with chronically ill and rehabilitation patients, organizational and health care humanization, as well as methods of caring inquiry and pedagogy. She recently co-authored, with her teaching colleagues, nursing directors, and graduate students, a humanistic model, inspired by Watson’s work. This model is now used as a foundation for the Université de Montréal’s Curriculum and as a guideline for some of Montreal’s hospitals. Dr. Cara also served for several years as a board member to the International Association of Human Caring and consulted several French international universities (e.g.: Belgium, Lebanon, and Switzerland…) in facilitating the understanding and application of caring science in daily practice.