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Dr. Malcolm King PhD, FCAHS Professor, Community Health and Epidemiology

Room 212, St. Andrew’s College

Research Area(s)

  • The determinants of Indigenous health and wellness
  • Health systems research in relation to Indigenous populations
  • Promotion and monitoring of Indigenous wellness and resilience


Dr. Malcolm King, a member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, is a health researcher at the University of Saskatchewan, joining the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology in October 2017. There, he serves as as the Scientific Director of SCPOR, the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research; he also continues to teach and research in Indigenous health, with a particular focus on wellness and engagement.

From 2009 to 2016, Dr. King led the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health as its Scientific Director, spearheading the development of a national health research agenda aimed at improving wellness and achieving health equity for First Nations People, Métis and Inuit in Canada. Dr. King’s international Indigenous health interests include improving Indigenous health through workforce development and provision of culturally appropriate care, and developing Indigenous health indicators to monitor progress in programs aimed at achieving wellness and health equity.

Dr. King was honoured with a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1999, and in 2016, he was named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. 

Selected Publications

Gracey M, King M.  Indigenous health: Determinants and disease patterns.  The Lancet 2009; 374: 65–75. http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(09)60914-4.pdf

King M, Smith A, Gracey M.  Indigenous perspectives on health: The underlying causes of the health gap.  The Lancet 2009; 374: 76–85. http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(09)60827-8.pdf

Long R, Hoeppner V, Orr P, Ainslie M, King M, Abonyi S, Mayan M, Kunimoto D, Langlois-Klassen D, Heffernan C, Lau A, Menzies D. Marked disparity in the epidemiology of tuberculosis among Aboriginal peoples on the Canadian prairies: the challenges and opportunities. Can Respir J 2013; 20: 223-230.

King M. Addressing the Disparities in Aboriginal Health through Social Determinants Research. Chapter 8 of Trovato F, Romaniuk A, eds. Aboriginal Populations: Social, Demographic, and Epidemiological Perspectives. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2014, 197-209.

King A, King M. Improving the Health of Indigenous People through Health Practitioner Training. Chapter 30 of Menzies P, Lavallée LF, eds.  Journey to Healing: Aboriginal People with Addiction and Mental Health Issues. Toronto: CAMH Publications, 2014, 413-434.

Oster RT, King M, Morrish DW, Mayan MJ, Toth EL. Diabetes in pregnancy among First Nations women in Alberta, Canada: a retrospective analysis. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2014, 14: 136-145.  http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2393/14/136

Ospina MB, Voaklander D, Senthilselvan A, Stickland MK, King M, Harris AW, Rowe BH. Incidence and prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among Aboriginal Peoples in Alberta, Canada. PLoS One 2015; 10(4): e0123204. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0123204

Pahwa P, Abonyi S, Karunanayake C, Rennie DC, Janzen B, Kirychuk S, Lawson JA, Katapally T, McMullin K, Seeseequasis J, Naytowhow A, Hagel L, Dyck RF, Fenton M, Senthilselvan A, Ramsden V, King M, Koehncke N, Marchildon G, McBain L, Smith-Windsor T, Smylie J, Episkenew J, Dosman JA. A community-based participatory research methodology to assess, redress, and reassess disparities in respiratory health among First Nations. BMC Research Notes 2015; 8:199: 1-11. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s13104-015-1137-5

Senthilselvan A, Niruban SJ, King M, Majaesic C, Veugelers P, Laing L, Rowe BH. Prevalence and risk factors of asthma in First Nations children living on reserves in Canada. Can J Public Health 2015; 106(8): e483–e488. http://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/5147/3275

Stewart M, Castleden H, King M, Letourneau N, Masuda JR, Bourque Bearskin L, Anderson S, Blood R. Supporting parents of Aboriginal children with asthma: Preferences and pilot interventions. Intl J Indigenous Health 2015; 10: 131-149. https://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/ijih/article/view/15111

King M. Contextualization of socio-culturally meaningful data (letter to editor). Can J Public Health 2015; 106: e457. doi: 10.17269/CJPH.106.5328 http://journal.cpha.ca/index.php/cjph/article/view/5328/3222

Anderson I, and others (one of 65 collaborators). Indigenous and tribal peoples’ health (The Lancet Lowitja Institute Global Collaboration): a population study. The Lancet, published online April 20, 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(16)00345-7

Abonyi S, Mayan M, Jody Boffa J, Lopez-Hille C, McMullin K, Heffernan C, Hoeppner V, King M, Orr P, Long R. “Finally when I started falling down”: Indigenous TB patient experiences of health and illness on the Canadian Prairies. Intl J Indigenous Health 2017; 12(1): 3-23. https://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/ijih/article/view/16900

Macklin C, King M, Kallos A, Jinkerson-Brass S, Laframboise S, Masching R, Prentice T, King A. Community-directed research priorities for Indigenous peoples in Canada and hepatitis C: a scoping review. Can J Aboriginal Community-based HIV/AIDS Res 2016-17; 8: 22-42.

van der Spuy I, Karunanayake CP, Dosman JA, McMullin K, Zhao G, Abonyi S, Rennie DC, Lawson J, Kirychuk S, MacDonald J, Jimmy L, Koehncke N, Ramsden VR, Fenton M, Marchildon, GP, King M, Pahwa P. Determinants of excessive daytime sleepiness in two First Nation communities. BMC Pulmonary Medicine 2017; 17: 192.

Patel S, Paulsen C, Heffernan C, Saunders D, Sharma M, King M, Hoeppner V, Orr P, Kunimoto D, Menzies D, Christianson S, Wolfe J, Boffa J, McMullin K, Lopez-Hille C, Senthilselvan A, Long L. Tuberculosis transmission in the Indigenous peoples of the Canadian prairies. PLOS ONE 2017; 12(11): e0188189. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0188189

Fayed ST, King A, King M, Macklin C, Demeria J, Rabbitskin N, Healy B, Gonzales S (Sempulyan). In the eyes of Indigenous Peoples in Canada: Exposing the underlying colonial etiology of Hepatitis C & the imperative for trauma-informed care. Can Liver J 2018: 1.3  doi: 10.3138/canlivj.2018-0009

Krementz D, Macklin C, Fleming T, Kafeety A, Nicholson V, Laframboise S, King M, King A. Connections with the land: a scoping review on cultural wellness retreats as health interventions for Indigenous peoples living with HIV and/or hepatitis C. ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples’ Cultures 2018: 2.1

Macklin C, Beaudoin E, Lu K, King M, King A. A Synthesis: Indigenous Wellness Indicators Day. IAPH-FNHA-IGIHM Conference Report, 2018, 25pp. https://indigenouswellness.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/IGIHM-Indigenous-Wellness-Indicators-Day-A-Synthesis.pdf