Nate Hinerman

Nate Hinerman

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty


Nate Hinerman, PhD, LMFT is a philosopher and a psychotherapist and teaches in the School of Nursing and Health Professions and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He serves as Chair of the San Francisco Bay Area Network for End-of-Life Care, and he is an active member of the USF Faculty-Association PTFA Policy Board. He also maintains a psychotherapy practice, helping clients transition amidst loss.

His research is interdisciplinary, and includes topics in death and dying, psychology, human suffering, and special areas in philosophy of religion and systematic theology. A few of his past projects include STARS (an ongoing program studying evolution, creation, and semiotics), reading and writing articles on grief, loss, and bereavement, and making connections between American Philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce and approaches to logic, critical thinking, and theological method. He currently is the leading organizer of the Progressive Connexions series of research projects for Dying and Death and Suffering. In addition, Dr. Hinerman actively collaborates with key stakeholders throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to improve and expand community-based palliative models.

Research Areas

  • Hospice and Palliative Care Models
  • Emergent Trends in Aging, Dying, and Bereavement
  • Human Suffering
  • Religion and Psychology
  • Issues in Philosophical Theology


  • PhD, Graduate Theological Union - Philosophy of Religion

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco Professor of the Year, 2010

Selected Publications

  • Terman, S., Pope, T., Hinerman, N., Steinberg, K.(in press). Is Suffering a Better Answer to the ‘When Question’ for Dementia Directives Than Stage of Disease, Indignity, or Feeding Behavior?

  • Hinerman, N. (2020). Preface & Dealing with Loss, Grief, and Situational Depression. In B. Lyon, Haven’t You Suffered Enough? Clinically Proven Methods to Conquer Stress (pp.xi-xiv; pp.203-220). Florida: O’Leary Publishing.

  • Hinerman, N. (2016). “Physician Aid in Dying and Fidelity to the Patient: As Future Clinicians See It.” San Francisco Medical Society Journal, 11(8).

  • Hinerman, N. (2016). “The Future of Living (and Dying) in the U.S.: What Roles Will Hospice and Palliative Care Play?” In Care, Loss, and the End of Life, eds. Nate Hinerman and Mary Ruth Sanders. Amsterdam: Brill Publishing.

  • Hinerman, N. and Baumgartner, H., eds. (2016). Blunt Traumas: Negotiating Suffering and Death. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.

  • Hinerman, N. (2016). “The Uniqueness of Suffering: A Philosophical Analysis.” New Perspectives on the Relationship between Pain, Suffering and Metaphor, ed. Nate Hinerman. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.

  • Hinerman, N. (2015). “The New Pulse of Palliative Care: How Emergent Trends in Caring for the Dying are Transforming Healthcare.” In And Death Shall Have Dominion: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Dying, Caregivers, Death, Mourning, and the Bereaved, eds. K. Malecka and R. Gibbs. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press.

  • Hinerman, N. (2013). “Habits of the Heart in End of Life Care.” In Death, Dying, Culture: An Interdisciplinary Interrogation, eds. Lloyd Steffen and Nate Hinerman. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2013.

  • Hinerman, N. et. al. (2013). “Palliative Care.” In Assisted Living Administration and Management: Effective Practices and Model Programs in Elder Care, eds. Darlene Yee-Melichar, Andrea Renwanz Boyle and Cristina Flores. New York: Springer Publishing.

  • Hinerman, N. (2012). "Preserving the Dead in the Lives of the Living." In The Presence of the Dead in Our Lives, eds. Nate Hinerman and Julida Glahn. Amsterdam: Rodopi B.V., 185-201.

  • Hinerman, N. and Steffan, L., eds. (2012). New Perspectives on the End of Life: Essays on Care and the Intimacy of Dying. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

  • Hinerman, N. and Matthew, S., eds. (2012). On Suffering: An Inter-Disciplinary Dialogue on Narrative and the Meaning of Suffering. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

  • Hinerman, N. (2011). “Tracing the Linguistic ‘Agents’ of Illness and Disease in the End of Life Care.” In Exploring Violence in Families and Societies, eds. Santoshi Rana and Lynn Frederick. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

  • Hinerman, N. (2009). “Archiving Grief: (Re-) Writing Histories in the Aftermath of Loss.” In Re-Imaging Death and Dying, eds. Dennis R. Cooley and Lloyd Steffen. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 161-173.

  • Gelpi, D., S.J. (2010). “In Search of a Method: Charles Sanders Peirce’s Contribution to Theology,” ed. Nate Hinerman. Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, 10(1).

  • Gelpi, D., S.J. (2006). A Closer Walk: Confessions of a Jesuit YAT, ed. Nate Hinerman. Lanham, MD.: University of America Press.