Professor David Lavallee

Professor of Duty of Care in Sport

School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences

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+44 (0)1382 30 8154


I joined Abertay University in August 2017 as Professor of Duty of Care in Sport in the School of Applied Sciences. I am an Adjunct Professor and Member of the eSport Science Research Lab at the University of Limerick, Ireland, Adjunct Professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Guest Professor in Graduate School of System Design and Management at Keio University, Japan. I am also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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My research aims to help protect the positive impact of sport.  I co-ordinate Sports Forensic, working in collaboration with INTERPOL, Police Scotland and KPMG. [Email:]

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Education / Qualifications

My academic qualifications include a PhD from the University of Western Australia, a Master’s degree in human development and psychology from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Boston College.

Knowledge Exchange

Professional Information

Times Higher Education HE and Me Interview, December 2017



Sports IntegriTay is a free set of resources created by students, with support from Bell Street Ventures, for sports organisations

Other Scholarly and Professional Activities

I have been involved in knowledge exchange activities with Nike and EA Sports.

Contributions to the fight against COVID-19

SPORT vs COVID Project

SPORT vs COVID helps promote recovery among people across the globe at risk of suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic [Email:]

Research Articles

The COVID-19 pandemic and Olympic/Paralympic athletes


The impact of the closure and reopening of golf courses in the United Kingdom on wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic 


Investigating coaching behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic



- Lavallee, D. et al. (2021). SPORT vs COVID: A project where sports people help promote recovery among people negatively impacted by COVID-19. Journal of Loss and Trauma.


Golf-related engagement during COVID-19 quarantine restrictions (4-12th May 2020)


House of Lords Select Committee

Inquiry: A National Plan for Sport and Recreation

Research Communication

Universities Scotland: Abertay launches sport welfare resource amid COVID-19

University Business: What Universities are doing to ensure their sports facilities are fit for purpose during Covid-19

Clearing 2020: Higher Education and Covid-19

Meet the rest of the team

Dr John Malone

Dr John Malone

Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences | Lecturer

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Ms Yvette Wharton

Ms Yvette Wharton

Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences | Lecturer

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