Dr. Anastasia Mallidou

Dr.  Anastasia  Mallidou
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing


Office: HSD B222

I am sitting in a number of the School of Nursing (SON) and UVic Committees such as Graduate Education committee, MN Curriculum committee, PhD Program sub-committee, SON Council,

UVic Academic Women's Caucus (Steering Committee Member, 2015-ongoing), Graduate Awards Committee (2015-2017), Member of Faculty Association committees (i.e., Engagement Committee, School of Nursing Departmental Liaison, Equity Committee), Member of Faculty of Graduate Studies (2011-ongoing), Member of Faculty of Human and Social Development Council (2014-ongoing).


“My research interests are focusing on knowledge translation and evidence-based practice and policy in health. Other areas of interest include leadership, organizational culture, and healthy aging. Details of publications can be found in ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6094-567X



Using the constructivism learning theory and Garrison’s (2000)* framework for online learning, I teach in both undergraduate and graduate programs. In particular, I teach nursing research (N360), quantitative and qualitative data analyses (NURS 480, NURS 425), applied statistics (NURS 510), research methods for advanced nursing practice (NURS 508), and research methodology for nursing and healthcare - quantitative portion (NURS 604b).

*Garrison, R. (2000). Theoretical challenges for distance education in the 21st century: A shift from structural to transactional issues. International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 1(1). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.19173/irrodl.v1i1.2


I have published in peer-reviewed journals and presented in several conferences. The following are selected articles:

  • Mallidou, A.A., Bruce, A., Brunt, H., Mochan, M., & Sangster-Gormley, E.  (2017). World Cafés: Preparing nurses for an unknown and complex future. Oral presentation in the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress 2017 “Nurses at the forefront transforming care”, Barcelona, Spain, 27 May-01 June 2017.

  • Mallidou, A.A., & Cartie, M. (2016). Nutrition & Health. Oral presentation in the World Congress on Nursing “Creating the Future: Nurses Leading to Safe Environments”, Barcelona, Spain, 5-7 April 2017.

  • Mallidou, A.A., Boström, A-M, Brett, J., Kaitelidou, D., Leckovic, M., Bazylewicz, M.  (2016). Agitated Behavior of Elderly and Alternative Simple Treatments (ABrEAST): Individualized music (iM) – A pilot study” (symposium). Oral presentation in the World Congress on Nursing “Caring for Families in Nursing Practice”, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), 28-30 November 2016.

  • Mallidou, A.A., Cummings, G., Deltsidou, A., Saleh, N., Gordon, C., Marante, A. & Vlachioti, E. (2016). Interventions to Research Competencies (IResCo) for healthcare professionals: A systematic review. Oral presentation in the School of Nursing JBI Institute – Research & Scholarship (R&S) Conference “Infusing Evidence into Nursing Practice: Knowledge Synthesis Enhances Quality Care”, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada, 18-19 February 2016.

  • Mallidou, A.A., Borycki, E., Frisch, N., & Young, L. (2015). Research-competencies assessment instrument for nurses (R-CAIN): A preliminary psychometric analysis. Oral presentation in the 7th International Conference for EBHC Teachers and Developers “Evidence Conference Evidence for Sustainability of Health Care”, Taormina (Italy), 28-31 October 2015.

  • Mallidou, A.A., Borycki, E., Frisch, N., Randhawa, G., Young, L. (2014). Research-competencies assessment instrument for nurses (R-CAIN). Oral presentation in the RCN Annual International Nursing Research Conference and Exhibition 2015, East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, UK, 20-22 April, 2015.


  • Patient-oriented research competencies in health (PORCH) for patients, healthcare providers, decision-makers, and researchers: A scoping review. This review aims to summarize existing knowledge on core POR competencies for four discrete stakeholders: patients, healthcare providers, decision-makers, and researchers; to support collaboration among them for uptake and strengthening of POR; and to inform policy, education, and future research.

  • Agitated Behavior of Elderly and Alternative Simple Treatments: Individualized music (the ABrEAST-iM study) – Activities related to sensory stimulation (e.g., music), art therapy (e.g., dance, painting, theatre) and psychosocial stimuli (e.g., one-on-one socializing) result in positive outcomes in the majority of older adults with dementia. Detection of early behavioral manifestations (e.g., cognitive impairment) and understanding the mechanisms underlying them is the goal of our study. Observation of behavioral and psychosocial symptoms of dementia (BPSD) and behavioral changes during sensory and psychosocial stimuli tailored to particular individual preferences may provide information to better understand dementia. Using the person-centered care philosophy, we develop non-pharmacological, alternative-to-antipsychotics strategies that include individualized music (iM) activities that best fit profiles and preferences of each older person who lives in residential care facilities and exhibits responsive behaviors. Residents, their family members and staff are involved in the personalized music intervention. We hope this study has the potential to enhance the care of older individuals for better outcomes, engage families with end-of-life care of their beloved ones, improve resident quality of life, save staff time for care, reduce the use of antipsychotics and in turn the cost of the health system, and affect policy and routine practices. Our purpose is to:  

    1. Assess the impact of iM activities on resident quality of life, affection, agitation, BPSD

    2. Share, describe and understand family and staff experiences of resident behavior and affection before and after music activities

    3. Monitor the use of antipsychotics for managing resident dementia-related behaviors 

    4. Assess the cost-effectiveness of iM activities.

  • Dancing Abilities, New Challenges and Evidence to Inspire Neat Greying (DANCE-ING) Contemporary dance promotes a vibrant new image of older persons by developing, sharing and performing creative ideas that bring a rich diversity in life. Dance challenges the sedate image of elders and their abilities. Our research team in collaboration with a professional choreographer has a particular interest in developing creative contemporary dance activities for older people as a distinctive form of art. We also support dancing as a contribution to health, social cohesion, improvisation and creative expression, and community arts. Our purpose is to a) understand the experiences of older individuals, who decided at that age to start dancing and become professional dancers; b) capture their quality of life before, during and after dancing; and c) explore the relationship between dancing and cognitive function.

  • Healthy aging: Nutrition, exercise, social engagement, positive thinking (Eugeriatrics) – In this study, we capture experiences, preferences and habits of community-dwelling older adults in eighth and beyond decade of life. We aim to monitor healthy and successful aging.

  • Research Competencies Assessment Instrument for Nurses (RCAIN) – Building upon the Health Services Researcher Pathway study (http://www.msfhr.org/health-services-researcher-pathway-0), we developed a research-competencies assessment instrument for nurses (RCAIN). Currently, we are collecting data to validate the short form of the tool (RCAIN-SF).

  • Interventions and strategies to improve Research Competencies for nurses, physicians and allied healthcare professionals: A systematic review (IResCo-SR) – We are also interested in identifying effective interventions and strategies to improve research competencies for healthcare professionals (i.e., nurses, physicians, dieticians, midwives, occupational therapists, physiotherapists), support EBP, and influence consistency and quality of healthcare. Initiatives of capacity building efforts for healthcare professionals that can influence research use into practice in each stage of the KT process are limited. Therefore, we are attempting to synthesize the literature on interventions and strategies that may improve healthcare professional research competencies and, in turn, positively influence consistency of quality of care and reduce healthcare system expenses. For the purposes of this knowledge synthesis, we refer to EBP by focusing only on the use of research findings by healthcare professionals. In this systematic review, we describe “research competencies” as knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the four stages of research use (i.e., evaluation process, synthesis of research findings, translation of research conclusions, and actual research use for EBP).

  • Knowledge Translation Competencies: A scoping review (KTP-ScR) – The knowledge translation field has recently emerged. Variations of activities supporting and promoting EBP and policy exist due to the limited initiatives of KT capacity building for researchers, knowledge users, and knowledge brokers. Incorporation of competencies into expectations, performance appraisals and promotion procedures may positively influence consistency and quality of healthcare, and reduce the health system expenses. In this scoping review, we summarized the literature on a) core KT competencies to support EBP in health for knowledge producers (researchers), knowledge brokers, and knowledge users including policy makers; and b) strategies to reinforce those competencies to support EBP and inform policy and research. For the purposes of this scoping review, KT competencies are described as knowledge, skills, and attitudes of synthesis, dissemination, exchange and application of knowledge (as KT defined by CIHR) during the dynamic and iterative process of interactions between researchers, knowledge brokers, and knowledge users.

  • "Health services researcher pathway" funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – Frisch, N., Hamilton, S., Borycki, E., Lawrie, B., MacPhee, M., Mallidou, A.A., Mickelson, G., Redekopp, M., Young, L.

    This project aimed to develop a core set of research competencies contributing to a culture of health services research, which nurses hold at differing stages of their careers; present a series of laddered steps illustrating nurses professional development; describe indicators that would demonstrate enactment of these competencies; and articulate educational and experiential background, teaching/learning activities, strategies and resources necessary for enacting these competencies and achieving professional development.