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Emma Bartfay

Professor (Retired)

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Shawenjigewining Hall North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

Research topics

  • dementia care
  • epidemiology
  • aging
  • gerontology
  • global health
  • population health
  • health services utilization

Research and expertise

  • Background and interests

    Dr. Emma Bartfay received her PhD in Epidemiology in 1998 from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Since then, she has built an impressive research record. She has received 10 peer-reviewed research grants (nine as principal investigator) from national granting agencies such as:

    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
    • Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF)
    • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
    • National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC)
    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

    In 2001, she received the prestigious Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (OMHLTC) Career Scientist Award in health services research through the Health Research Personnel Development Program open competition. This award consisted of $300,000 over five years.

    In 2019, she won the highly competitive Ontario Tech Award for Excellence in Teaching.

  • Publications
    For a comprehensive list of publications, please visit PubMed.
    • Bartfay E, Stewart P, Bartfay W, Papaconstantinou E.(2019). Is there an association between physical
      activity and sleep in community-dwelling persons with dementia? An exploratory study using
      self-reported measures. Healthcare 2019; 7:6. doi:10.3390/healthcare7010006. Also available on the MDPI website.
    • Gorey KM, Bartfay E, Kanjeekal SM, Wright FC, Hamm C, Luginaah IN, Zou G., Holowaty EJ, Richter NL, Balagurusamy MK. (2016). Palliative Chemotherapy among People Living in Poverty with Metastasized Colon Cancer: Facilitation by Primary Care and Health Insurance. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care (accepted for publication).
    • Bartfay, W.J., and Bartfay, E. (2016). Public Health in Canada 2.0. Kendall Hunt Publishing.
    • Bartfay, W.J. and Bartfay, E (2016). "The lived experiences of male nursing students in Ontario, Canada: Implications for nursing education and practice in the new millennium". Annual International Conference Proceedings: 4th Annual Worldwide Nursing Conference (WNC 2016). July 18-19, Singapore. Global Science and Technology Forum. ISSN 2315-4330: 255-262. Doi: 10.5176/2315-4330_WNC16.28
    • Ackerman, M., Bartfay, E., Bartfay, W.J., Gamble, B. (2016). "Mental Health service utilization among demented individuals with or without mood disorders in Canada". Annual International Conference Proceedings, 5th Annual Global Healthcare Conference (GHC). Global Science and Technology Forum. July 18-19, 2016, Singapore. ISSN 2251-3833: 5-10. DOI: 10.576/2251-3833_GHC16.8.
    • Bartfay E, Bartfay WJ, Gorey, KM. (2016) "Dementia care in Ontario, Canada: Evidence of more timely diagnoses among persons with dementia receiving care at home than in residential facilities". Public Health.
  • Grants
    • Ontario Tech University SSHRC Small Grants Program 2019. Principal
      Investigator: Bartfay E. Co-investigator: Sun W. An exploratory study to
      examine the social aspects of influenza vaccine hesitancy in persons with
      dementia (PWD)
      • 2019 – 2020, $5,000
    • Alzheimer’s Society of Durham Region, Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant (OTF)
      Co-Principle Investigators: Sun W, Bartfay E. Co-investigator: Smye V.
      Evaluation of the “Living Well with Dementia” project.
      • 2017 – 2019, $18,000
    • National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC). Principal investigator: Gorey, K. Co-investigators: Luginaah, I, Bartfay, E, Fung, K, Holowaty, E, Wright, WE, Wright, FC, Hamm C, Sindu MK. Social, Prognostic and Therapeutic Factors Associated with Colon Cancer Survival on Canada and the United States: Health Care Access and Effectiveness in Diverse Urban and Rural Contexts, 1983 to 2008
      • 2005 to 2008, $293,050
    • Auto21. Principal investigator: Snowdon, A. Co-investigators: Howard, A, Altenhof, W, Patrick, L, Bartfay, E, Potvin, J, Blue, I and Buck, M. Enhanced Child Safety in Automobiles
      • 2005 to 2007, $1,000,000
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research  (CIHR). Principal investigator: Mulligan, L. Co-investigators: Aronson, K, Bartfay, E, Brundage M, et al. Queen's University Transdisciplinary Training Program in Cancer Research
      • 2002 to 2008, $383,253
    • Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Health Research Personnel Development Program 2001 Open Provincial Career Scientist Award Competition. Principal investigator: Bartfay, E. Cancer Prognosis Studies: Assessment, Integration and Conveying of Information
      • 2001 to 2005, $300,000
    • Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF). Open Grants Competition. Co-principal investigators: Dudgeon DJ and Bartfay, E. Co-investigators: Jeffrey, E, Gerlach, J and Knott, C. Managing Continuity Through Collaborative Care Plans: A Study of Palliative Care Patients
      • 2002 to 2004, $194,900
  • Education
    • PhD Epidemiology, University of Western Ontario, 1998
    • MSc, University of Waterloo, 1994
    • BSc, Brandon University, 1990