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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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A portrait of Wally Bartfay

Wally Bartfay


Faculty of Health Sciences

Leading public health expert develops interventions to deal with the downside of mobile devices on human health.

English, French, Hungarian

  • PhD in Philosophy University of Toronto 1999
  • MN in Nursing, Specialization in Community Health Nursing and Health Promotion University of Manitoba 1993
  • BSc in Nursing (Graduated with Academic Distinction) Brandon University 1990
  • BA, Major in Sociology, Minor in Anthropology McGill University 1988
  • Diploma in Nursing Sciences Dawson College 1985

Mental Health Service Utilization Among Demented Individuals With or Without Mood Disorders in Canada

Singapore July 19, 2016

5th Annual Global Healthcare Conference

Smartphones in the Bedrooms of University Students Results in Alterations to the Quantity and Quality of Sleep: Implications for Public Health

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia March 4, 2016

2016 National Health Care Team Challenge

Health Effects Associated With the Use and Exposure to Electronic Devices and Technologies With a Video Display Terminal on University Students

Toronto, Ontario August 4, 2014

International Social Science, Education, Art and Technology Research Conference

Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Diagnosis Among Institutional Care Facility Residents in Ontario, Canada

Seoul, South Korea June 23, 2013

20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics

A Comparison of Cognitive Function at Dementia Diagnoses Among Facility Residents With or Without Pre-existing Condition in Ontario, Canada

Florence, Italy March 6, 2013

The 11th International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

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, Singapore


Despite the impending shortage of nurses in Canada and globally, the recruitment and retention of males to the profession have been a challenge in the new millennium due to a variety of social barriers and negative stereotypes propagated by the mass and social media, and in part by schools of nursing themselves. This work examines the lived experiences of male nursing students in Ontario, Canada and their perceptions of reported educational and practice barriers, and social stereotypes.

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Mental Health Service Utilization Among Demented Individuals With or Without Mood Disorders in Canada Annual International Conference Proceedings, 5th Annual Global Healthcare Conference


This work aims to assess how comorbid mood disorders were associated with health service utilization of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias in a Canadian household population.

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Dementia Care in Ontario, Canada: Evidence of More Timely diagnosis among persons with dementia receiving care at home compared with residential facilities Public Health


Home care (HC) has been promoted as an efficient alternative to residential care (RC). However, little is known about the individuals who receive HC. This study compared the cognitive and functional statuses of persons with dementia receiving HC or RC at the time of diagnosis with dementia. It was hypothesized that persons with dementia receiving RC would have declined further, both cognitively and functionally.

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Are You Man Enough to be a Nurse? The Impact of Ambivalent Sexism and Role Congruity on Perceptions of Men and Women in Nursing Advertisements Sex Roles


Framed by role congruity and ambivalent sexism, the current study is designed to investigate perceptions of male and female nurses. Specifically, 167 Canadian undergraduates from Southern Ontario viewed a potential nursing recruitment advertisement (female nurse, male nurse, or masculinity emphasized male nurse), reported their perceptions of the nurse in the advertisement, and rated the appropriateness of nursing as a career for men and women.

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Attitudes and Stereotypes of Male and Female Nurses: The Influence of Social Roles and Ambivalent Sexism Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science


Social role theory proposed that the gendered division of labour leads to the development of gender stereotypes that are consistent with the social roles that men and women frequently occupy. According to ambivalent sexism, gender prejudices stem in part from an unequal distribution of power and status. These theories appear particularly relevant to nursing because (a) the majority of nurses in Canada are women, (b) many male nurses report stigmatizing experiences and gender-based occupational barriers, yet (c) men are overrepresented in the higher paying or more "masculine" aspects of the job. Nursing and non-nursing students (N = 145) from a small Canadian university reported their attitudes and stereotypes of male and female nurses.

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The Effects of Adult Day Programs on the Quality of Life of Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Pilot Study IBIMA Publishing, JMED Research


Little research has been conducted on examining the relationship between caring interventions such as adult day programs (ADPs) and the quality of life (QOL) of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Our study objective was to investigate the merits of attending ADPs on the QOL of these individuals.

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A Case-Control Study Examining the Effects of Active Versus Sedentary Lifestyles on Measures of Body Iron Burden and Oxidative Stress in Postmenopausal Women Biological Research For Nursing


Approximately half of Canadian adults have sedentary lifestyles that increase their risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). Women are 10 times more likely to die from CVD than from any other disease. Their risk almost doubles with the onset of menopause, which may result in increased body iron burden and oxidative stress in sedentary women. Body iron burden may catalyze the production of cytotoxic oxygen species in vivo.

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Prevalence and Correlates of Potentially Undetected Dementia Among Residents of Institutional Care Facilities in Ontario, Canada, 2009–2011 International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry


This study aims to determine the prevalence of potentially undetected dementia among institutional care facility residents in Ontario, Canada, and to identify factors associated with undetection.

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Association of Diagnostic Delay with Impairment Severity Among Institutional Care Facility Residents Diagnosed with Dementia in Ontario, Canada Geriatrics & Gerontology International


To compare the levels of cognitive function at the time of diagnosis among institutional care facility residents with dementia, who were diagnosed either before or after admission to a facility in Ontario, Canada.

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Impact of the Global Economic Crisis on the Health of Unemployed Autoworkers The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research


A phenomenological investigation was undertaken to examine the effects of the 2008-09 global economic recession on the health of unemployed blue-collar autoworkers in the Canadian province of Ontario between September and November 2009.

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Act of Humanitarian Kindness Recognition

Air Transit April 23, 2016

Recognized for providing emergency medical assistance to a passenger on Flight TS 690.

Male Teacher of the Year Award

University of Windsor June 1, 2005

Awarded for innovation and excellence in teaching.

The Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching Award

Queen’s University June 1, 2003

This award is based on university-wide nominations from both students, faculty and administration.

The Reddick Award for Excellence in Nursing Education

Queen’s Nursing Society June 1, 2002

Awarded for innovation and excellence in teaching.

Job-Related Community Quality of Life $36466

Atkinson Foundation January 1, 2015

Dr. Bartfay is a co-investigator of this two-year research project which aims to examine the role of free radicals in the pathogenesis of iron overload cardiomyopathies.

College of Nurses of Ontario

International Epidemiological Association

  • Public Health I (HLSC 3820U)
    3rd Year Undergraduate
  • Public Health II (HLSC 3821U)
    3rd Year Undergraduate Course
  • Research Methods (HLSC 3910U)
    3rd Year Graduate Course
  • Critical Perspectives in Health (HLSC 4851U)
    4th Year Undergraduate Course
  • Epidemiology
  • Community Health Nursing
  • Public Health in Canada (HLSC 5124G)
    Graduate Course