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Wally Bartfay


Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Shawenjigewining Hall - Room SHA 474
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 2765

Research topics

  • public and population health
  • prevention and health promotion related to non-communicable chronic diseases in older adults
  • use of mobile information and communication technologies and health outcomes
  • e-health
  • men in nursing

Research and expertise

  • Background and research interests

    Dr. Wally Bartfay has held various administrative positions in nursing and the health sciences, including the Director of the Cardiac Iron-overload Research Group (CIORG) at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and Nursing Research Director at the University of Windsor, Ontario. He is also former Director of the Graduate Health Sciences program at Ontario Tech University.

    He has been nominated for various teaching awards and is the recipient of:

    • University of Windsor Male Teacher of the Year Award (2005)
    • Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching Award, Queen's University (2003)
    • Reddick Award for Excellence in Nursing Education, Queen's Nursing Society (2002)

    In addition, Dr. Bartfay is the recipient of various civil awards, including Air Canada's Honorary Flight Nurse Award for Humanitarian Emergency Services (1989) and the Meritorious Award for Emergency Humanitarian Service (1989). He was named to the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Priory of Canada. He also received the Air Transit Act of Humanitarian Kindness Recognition Accolade for emergency medical assistance provided to a passenger, Flight TS 690, April 23, 2016.

  • Publications

    For a comprehensive list of publications, please visit PubMed.


    • Bartfay, W. J. & Bartfay, E. (2016). Public Health in Canada 2.0. 4050 Westmark Drive, Dubuque, IA 52004: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. ISBN: 978-1-5249-0459-3.
    • Bartfay, W. J. & Bartfay, E. (2015). Public Health in Canada, 501 Boylston Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA: Pearson Learning Solution. (ISBN 10: 1-323-01471-3 and ISBN 13: 978-1-323-01471-4).
      • Also wrote online Instructors Manual and Test Bank and customized PowerPoint lecture slides for each of the 10 chapters in the textbook.
    • Hitchcock, JE, Schubert, PE, Thomas, SA, Bartfay, W. J. (2010): Community Health Nursing: Caring in Action (1st Canadian Edition). Nelson Education, Toronto, Ontario (ISBN 13:978-0-17-644103-6 and 10: 0-17-644103-4).

    Peer-reviewed publications 

    • Masood, M., *Bartfay, W. J., Green-Johnson, J. (2020). Antibacterial properties of Epilobium and other plant species: A systematic review of the literature.  World Journal of Advanced Healthcare Research, ISSN: 2457-0400.  
    • *Bartfay, W. J., Ali, M., Horsburgh, Duff-Woskosky, A., Earle, J. (2020).  A systematic review of the literature for the effects of music on dementia patients. Gerontology and Geriatric Research, 1(1):3-12.DOI: 10.31487/j.GGR.2019.01.04  
    • Theiventhivan, D., *Bartfay, W. J., Wu, T., Barakat, C. (Jan-Feb, 2020). The digital divide: Examining the use and access of E-health based technologies by millennials and older adults. South Asian Research Journal of Nursing and Healthcare, 2(1): 31-39. ISSN 2706-767X. DOI: 10.36346/sarjnhc.2020.V02i01.005. 
    • Bartfay, W. J., Gamble, B., Mazik, Z., & Zavitz, K. (July 4, 2019).  Views on the effectiveness of a Google jam session for interdisciplinary collaborative brainstorming to solve clinical issues on a geriatric dementia unit.  International Journal of Neurology and Neurotherapy, 6(1): 1-7.  DOI: 10.23937/2378-1410085.  
    • Piasecka, B., Bartfay, W. J., Bartfay, E., Nonoyama, M. (January, 2019). Effects of leisure-time physical activity and exercise on health-related quality of life in older females with arthritis. Biomedical Journal of Scientific and Technical Research, 13(3): 1-7.  ISSN: 2574-1241. DOI: 10.2671/BJSTR.2019.13.00246
    • ​Bartfay, E., Stewart, P., Bartfay, W., Papaconstantinou, E. (January, 2019). Is there an association between physical activity and sleep in community-dwelling persons with dementia: An exploratory study using self-reported measures? Health Care, 7(1):6:  DOI: 10.3390/healthcare701006.
    • Bartfay, W. J. & Bartfay, E. (2017). The lived experiences and challenges faced by male nursing students: A Canadian perspective. Journal of Nursing & Health Care (JNHC), 4(2). In press.
    • Bartfay, W. J. & Bartfay, E. (July, 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, 2016, 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. (July, 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 2016). Global Science & Technology Forum, July 18-19, 2016, Singapore. ISSN 2251-3833: 5-10. Doi: 10.5176/2251-3833_GHC16.8.
    • Bartfay, E., Bartfay, W. J., & Gorey, K. M. (January, 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, 130, 6-12. Doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2015.10.002.
  • Research collaborators

    Ontario Tech University:

    • Kimberley Clow, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
    • Julia Green-Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Science
    • Efrosini Papaconstantinou, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)
    • Wendy Stanyon, PhD, Associate Professor, FHS
    • Terry Wu, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Business and Information Technology

    Other collaborators:

    • Laura MacIsaac, Lakeridge Health, Oshawa, Ontario
    • Amy Maebrae-Waller, Lakeridge Health, Oshawa, Ontario
  • Courses taught

    Courses taught (past and present) at the undergraduate level:

    • Critical Perspectives on Health and Illness
    • Health and Healing: Healthy Communities Nursing Theory and Practicum Introduction to Epidemiology
    • Introduction to Health Management
    • Public Health I
    • Public Health II
    • Public Health in Canada: Theory, Application, Challenges
    • Research Methods for Health-care Professionals: Theory and Application
    • Understanding Health Care and Therapeutics in Canada

    Courses taught (past and present) at the graduate level:   

    • Public Health in Canada
    • Research in the Health Sciences
  • Grants
    • Atkinson Foundation.  Principal Investigator, Bryant, T. Co-investigators: Bartfay, W.J., Bartfay, E., Lemonde, M., & Zitzelsberger, H. Job-Related Community Quality of Life. 2015-2016 $36,466 (Decent Work Fund grant)