About Me

Darcy L. Harris, Ph.D., FT

Darcy L. Harris, Ph.D., FT, is a professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary
Programs at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario, London,
Ontario, Canada, where she is the Coordinator of the Thanatology Program. She also
maintains a private clinical practice with a focus on issues related to change, loss,
and transition. She serves as a consultant for the Southern Ontario Fertility Treatment
Program in London, Ontario, as well as a community consultant for victims of traumatic

Prior to her teaching responsibilities at King’s University College, Dr. Harris worked as
an expanded role nurse in the areas of oncology and hospice care in the United States for
15 years. She then completed graduate training in counseling psychology and maintained
a full-time therapy practice for another 10 years prior to completing her doctoral studies
in Psychology and Thanatology at the Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Harris planned and developed the undergraduate degree program in Thanatology
at King’s University College, which provides students from around the world with
the opportunity to study about death, dying, and bereavement. She has implemented
coursework in Thanatology in the specific interest areas of critical theory, social justice,
and the exploration of grief after non-death losses. She is also adjunct faculty in the
College of Graduate Studies at the University of Western Ontario, and she is on the board
of directors for the Association for Death Education and Counseling.

Dr. Harris has written extensively, and frequently provides presentations on topics related
to death, grief, and loss in contemporary society. Topical areas include the social context
of grief in Western Society, women’s experiences of reproductive losses, shame and
social stigma in death and grief. She has recently released a book that explores non-
death and nonfinite loss entitled, Counting Our Losses: Reflecting on Change, Loss,
and Transition in Everyday Life (Routledge), and she is co-editor of an upcoming book
entitled, Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and
Practice (Routledge).