Dr. David C. Malloy


David C. Malloy, PhD, was named the Principal of King's University College at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, a title that was changed to President in 2021. Dr. Malloy is a Western alumnus, earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Kinesiology. He received his doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Ottawa.

His appointment at King's follows a 30-year career with the University of Regina, both as a faculty member and administrator, holding the roles of Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Vice-President (Research).

Dr. Malloy has maintained an active research portfolio, with a focus on applied philosophy in health care. His interests include ethical decision-making, codes of ethics, existential hardiness, personhood, and ethical climate/culture.

During his academic career, he has published six books and 71 peer-reviewed articles, contributed to three book chapters and seven book reviews, given 81 conference presentations, and has received more than $4.5 million dollars in team and individual research grants. He has served as an adjudicator for both the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Dr. Malloy is currently on the board of directors of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and is an associate faculty member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy.

In his spare time, Dr. Malloy is an active musician, as a bass guitarist and vocalist. He also enjoys sports, and was the head track and field coach for The University of Western Ontario.


Smith-MacDonald, L., Lentz, L., Malloy, D., Brémault-Phillips, S., Carleton, R.N. (2021) Meat in a Seat: A Grounded Theory Study Exploring Moral Injury in Canadian Public Safety Communicators, Firefighters, and Paramedics. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 12145. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182212145

Lentz, L., Smith-MacDonald, L., Malloy, D., Carleton, R.N., Brémault-Phillips, S. (2021). Compromised Conscience: A Scoping Review of Moral Injury Among Firefighters, Paramedics, and Police Officers, Frontiers in Psychology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.639781

Fortier, E. & Malloy, D.C. (2019). Moral agency, bureaucracy & nurses, A qualitative study. Canadian Journal of Practical Philosophy, 3, 1-14.

Fistein, E. & Malloy, D.C. (2017). Healthcare Leadership & Applied Philosophy: An Essential Resource. Healthcare Management Forum, 30(4) 218-220.

Malloy, D.C., Sevigny, P., Fahey-McCarthy, E., Lee, Y., Liu, P., Murakami, M., Walsh, A., & Hadjistavropoulos, T. (2017). An international study of nurses’ ethical ideology and religiosity. Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing, 3(2), 1-6.

Malloy, D.C., Wan, Z., Liu, P. Hadjistavropoulos, T., Blachford, D. (2015). Confucianism & Healthcare in the People’s Republic of China. Journal of Oriental Education.

Hunter, P., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Thorpe, L., Lix, L.M., & Malloy, D.C. (2015). The influence of individual and organizational factors on person-centred dementia care. Aging & Mental Health,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2015.1056771.

Williams, J., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Ghandehari, O., Malloy, D.C., Hunter, P., Martin, R. (2015). Resilience and Organisational Empowerment Among Long Term Care Nurses: Effects on Patient Care and Absenteeism, Journal of Nursing Management.

Malloy, D.C., Fahey-McCarthy, E., Murakami, M., Lee, Y., Choi, E., Hirose, E., Hadjistavropoulos, T. (2015). Finding meaning in the work of nursing: An international study. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 20(3).

Fistein, E., & Malloy, D.C. (2014). Patient First: Ethics and Ontology of Nursing Care. Annals of Nursing & Practice, 1(3), 1013.

Malloy, D.C., Martin, R., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Liu, P., Fahey-McCarthy, E., Park, I., Shalini, N., Murakami, M., & Paholpak, S. (2014). Discourse on medicine: meditative and calculative approaches to ethics from an international perspective. Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, & Humanities in Medicine, 9:18, DOI: 10.1186/1747-5341-9-18.

Malloy, D.C., Sevigny, P. R., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Bond, K., Fahey-McCarthy, E., Murakami, M., Paholpak, S., Shalani, N., Liu, P.L. & Peng, H. (2014). Religiosity and ethical ideology of physicians: A cross-cultural study. Journal of Religion and Health, 53, 244-254.

Hunter, P., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Smythe, W., Malloy, D.C., Kaasalainen, S., Williams, J. (2013). The Personhood in Dementia Questionnaire (PDQ): Establishing an association between beliefs about personhood and health providers’ approaches to person-centred care. Journal of Aging Studies, 27, 276-287.

Ghandehari, O.O., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Williams, J., Thorpe, L., Alfano, D.P., Dal Bello Haas, V., Malloy, D.C., Martin. R.R., Rahaman, O., Zwakhalen, S.M.G., Carleton, R.N., Hunter, P.V. & Lix, L. (2013). A controlled investigation of continuing pain education for long-term care staff. Pain Research and Management, 18(1), 11-18.

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