null Franco Carnevale, RN, PhD

Investigator, RI-MUHC

Child Health and Human Development Program

Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



culture • pediatric critical care • ethics • nursing • pediatrics

Research Focus

My research focuses on a wide range of concerns in childhood ethics. I’m the founder and principal investigator for VOICE (Views On Interdisciplinary Childhood Ethics), a McGill-based international initiative to advance knowledge and practices relating to ethical concerns in childhood (e.g., ethical dilemmas in pediatric critical care, childhood disability, child/youth mental health). We have developed an interdisciplinary research program on childhood ethics that brings together researchers from the health sciences, social sciences, childhood education and humanities. This program sensitizes health professionals to important ethical concerns regarding children and families with the aim of inspiring improvements in educational programs, policy development and clinical practice. Our team’s work is especially renowned for advancing methods for eliciting the voices and participation of young people in the development of research, policy and practices that affect them. My additional research interests focus on moral distress as well as advanced qualitative research methodologies.

Research initiatives
VOICE: The Childhood Ethics Project
LOVE (Québec)

Selected Publications

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  • Macdonald, M.E., Siedlikowski, S., Liu, K., Carnevale, F.A. (2023). Introducing SAMMSA, a Five-Step Method for Producing 'Quality' Qualitative Analysis. Qualitative Health Research, 33(4), 334-344. doi: 10.1177/10497323231154482.

  • Campbell, S., & Carnevale, F.A. (2022). Children as an afterthought during COVID-19: defining a child-inclusive ethical framework for pandemic policymaking. BMC Med Ethics, 23, 126.

  • Siedlikowski, S., Van Praagh, S., Shevell, M., & Carnevale, F.A. (2022). Agency in everyday life: An ethnography of the moral experiences of children and youth. Children & Society, 36, 661–676.

  • Carnevale, F.A., Collin-Vézina, D., Macdonald, M.E., Ménard, J-F., Talwar, V., Van Praagh, S. (2021). Childhood Ethics: An ontological advancement for childhood studies. Children & Society. 35, 110-124.

  • Carnevale, F.A. (2020). A “Thick” Conception of Children’s Voices: A Hermeneutical Framework for Childhood Research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. January 2020. doi:10.1177/1609406920933767