Shane Sinclair


Faculty of Nursing


Research and teaching

Area of Focus

  • Compassion, Palliative Care, Spirituality, Spiritual Care
  • Psychosocial Oncology, Qualitative Research


Dr. Sinclair is recognized as an international leader on the topic of compassion within healthcare. His nationally funded programme of research on compassion developed the first patient informed empirical model of compassion; delineated between patients perspectives of sympathy, empathy and compassion; led to the reconceptualization of compassion fatigue and self compassion, and is currently focused on a multi-centre, CIHR funded, study to develop  and validate a patient reported compassion measure.  Dr. Sinclair has also been instrumental in enhancing research capacity within the discipline of spiritual care and establishing an evidence based approach to spiritual care practice.  His care models and foundational work in this area have helped to address cancer patients and their family members spiritual needs in a variety of care settings.


Dr. Shane Sinclair is a Professor and Cancer Care Research Professor with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing. His research focuses on psychosocial and spiritual issues within oncology and palliative care, including his nationally funded program of research on compassion. Dr. Sinclair is a former Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Manitoba), former President of the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, a recipient of the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care Award of Excellence in Research, a top 40 under 40 awardee, a recipient of the  International Psychosocial Oncology Society New Investigator Award and the CIHR Early Investigator Award in Psychosocial Oncology.  He has given invited lectures at the European Association of Palliative Care World Congress, Duke University, and George Washington University.