MAXQDA Professional Trainer:
Dr. Áine M. Humble

LocationHalifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
RadiusCanada, USA (online only)


  • Starter Workshop
  • Advanced Workshop
Methodological Expertise
  • Qualitative Research
  • Content Analysis
  • Qualitative Description
  • Qualitative Data Analysis Software

I am a professor in the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and I received my PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Oregon State University in 2003. I provide introductory training on MAXQDA through my consulting company, Fada Research Consulting, and I have been facilitating full-day introductory training workshops several times a year since 2009 to academic and government audiences (provincial and federal departments).

I have used MAXQDA software since 2001 for a number of qualitative studies, typically using qualitative content analysis, interpretive description/qualitative description. I have also used MAXQDA for some descriptive quantitative research on the topic of qualitative research as well (see, for example, Humble, in press). Increasingly I am bringing more and more information into my MAXQDA project files—I now, for example, include parts of my literature review in the file. Currently I provide in-person training, but I may be exploring offering webinars in the future. I really enjoy helping people learn what I think is a very user friendly and intuitive qualitaitve data analysis software program that is applicable to a variety of qualitative methodologies.

Relevant Publications

Humble, A. M. (2020). Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software and ethnographic health research. In P. M. W. Hackett & C. M. Hayre (Eds.), Handbook of ethnography in healthcare research (pp. 414–424). Routledge. 

Humble, A. M. (2019). Computer-aided qualitative analysis software. In P. A. Atkinson, S. Delamont, R. A. Williams, A. Cernat, & J. Sakshaug (Eds.), SAGE research methods foundations. Sage.  

Humble, A. M., & Green, M. (2016). Qualitative research in the Canadian Journal on Aging/La Revue canadienne du vieillissement: An 18-year analysis (1995 – 2012). Canadian Journal on Aging, 35, 131-144.

Humble, A. M. (2015, September). Qualitative data analysis software: An introduction. 90-minute webinar, Part 1 of “Skills for Qualitative Research: A Four-Part Webinar Series”, sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations.

Humble, A. M. (2015). Guidance in the world of computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) programs. [Review essay of Using software in qualitative research: A step-by-step guide (2nd ed.)]. FQS—Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 16(2), Article 22. Available at: (11 pages)

Humble, A. M. (2012). Qualitative data analysis software: A call for understanding, detail, intentionality, and thoughtfulness.Journal of Family Theory and Review, 4(2), 122-137. doi:10.1111/j.1756-2589.2012.00125.

Humble, A. M. (2012, June). Bells and whistles: A critical examination of qualitative data analysis software. Paper presented at the 29th annual meeting of The Qualitative Analysis Conference, St. John’s, NFLD.

Humble, A. M. (2009). Technique triangulation for validation in directed content analysis.International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 8(3), 34-51. Retrieved from IJQM/article/view/1480/5586

Humble, A. M. (2009). Computer-based analysis of qualitative data MAXQDA 2007. In A. J. Mills, G. Durepos, & E. Wiebe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of case study research (pp. 190-192). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


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