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Emma Bartfay

Associate Professor

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

Science Building - Room 3017
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4

905.721.8668 ext. 2950

Research topics

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


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 (seven 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)
  • U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Crime Information Center (NCIC)

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.


  • PhD Epidemiology University of Western Ontario 1998
  • MSc University of Waterloo 1994
  • BSc Brandon University 1990

Courses taught

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

  • Current Issues in Health Care
  • Global Health
  • Global Dimensions of Communicable Diseases
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Introduction to Health Care Systems

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

  • Epidemiology

Research and expertise

  • epidemiologic
  • dementia
  • health services research
  • population health
  • cancer care
  • dementia care
  • gerontology
  • global health
  • neglected tropical diseases
  • outcome assessment

Read the published interview with Dr. Emma Bartfay by Elderbranch regarding her most recent research and publication on dementia.

A second interview with Saint Elizabeth Health Care on caregiver burden and understanding dementia care is also available.

  • 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.
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Discovery Grant. Principal investigator: Bartfay, E. Inferences on Correlated Polychotomous Data
    • 2001 to 2006, $44,000.
  • CIHR/NSERC. Collaborative Health Research Project. Principal investigator: Bartfay, E. Co-investigator: Mackillop, WJ, Pater, JL and Zee B. Neural Networks and Prognosis on Small-cell Lung Cancer Patients
    • 2000 – 2003, $139,706
  • J. P. Bickell Foundation. Grant-in-aid. Principal investigator: Bartfay, E. Using Neural Networks to Predict Small-cell Lung Cancer Patient Outcomes
    • 2000, $8,906 (equipment grant).
  • Clare Nelson Bequest Fund, Kingston General Hospital. Principal investigator: Bartfay, E. Using Neural Networks to Predict Small-cell Lung Cancer Patient Outcomes
    • 2000 to 2001, $5,520.
  • Advisory Research Committee, Queen’s University. Principal investigator: Bartfay, E. Statistical Analysis of Polychotomous Family Data
    • 2000 to 2001, $10,000.


  • Recent publications
    • Gorey KM, Bartfay E, Kanjeekal SM, Wright FC, Hamm C, Luginaah IN, Zou G., Holowaty EJ, Richter NL, Balagurusamy MK. 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.
    • Gorey KM, Kanjeekal SM, Wright FC, Hamm C, Luginaah IN, Bartfay E, Zou GY, Holowaty EJ, Richter NL. Colon cancer care and survival: income and insurance are more predictive in the USA, community primary care physician supply more so in Canada.  International Journal for Equity in Health 2015; 14:109.
    • Bartfay E and Bartfay WJ. The Effects of Adult Day Programs on the Quality of Life of Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Pilot Study. JMED Research, Vol. 2014 (2014), Article ID 401982, DOI: 10.5171/2014.401982
    • Bartfay E, Bartfay WJ, Gorey KM. Association of diagnostic delay with impairment severity among institutional care facility residents diagnosed with dementia in Ontario, Canada. Geriatrics & Gerontology International. 2013 Nov 26. doi: 10.111/ggi.12196
    • Bartfay E, Bartfay WJ, Gorey KM. Prevalence and correlates of potentially undetected dementia among residents of institutional care facilities in Ontario, Canada, 2009-2011. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2013; 28: 1086-1094. DOI: 10.1002/gps.3934.
    • Bartfay WJ, Bartfay E, Wu T. Impact of the global economic crisis on the health of unemployed autoworkers. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research. 2013 Sep; 45(3):66-79
    •  Bartfay WJ, Bartfay E.  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 (BRN-ROR-13-02-011) - accepted March 17, 2013.
    • Bartfay E, Bartfay WJ. Quality of life outcomes among Alzheimer’s disease family caregivers following community-based intervention. Western Journal of Nursing Research 2013; 35(1): 98-116. doi: 10.1177/0193945911400763. 
    • Gorey KM, Luginaah IN, Holowaty EJ, Zou G, Hamm C, Bartfay E, Kanjeekal SM, Balagurusamy MK, Haji-Jama S, Wright FC.  Effects of Being Uninsured or Underinsured and Living in Extremely Poor Neighborhoods on Colon Cancer Care and Survival in California: Historical Cohort Analysis, 1996-2011. BMC Public Health 2013; 12: 897.
    • Bartfay, E, Bartfay, WJ and Wu, T (August 7 to 11, 2011). The Health and Well-being of Laid-off Automobile Industry Workers in Durham, Canada. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. IEA World Congress of Epidemiology August 7 to 11, 2011. Edinburgh International Conference Centre Edinburgh, Scotland: SPg-12 doi:10.1136/jech.2011.14296p.83;
    • Bartfay, E and Bartfay, WJ (in press, Epub-April 5, 2011). Quality of Life Outcomes Among Alzheimer’s Disease Family Caregivers Following Community-based Interventions. Western Journal of Nursing Research (WJNR).
    • Gorey, KM, Luginaah, IN, Bartfay, E, Fung, FY, Holowaty, EJ, Hamm, C, Kanjeekal, SM and Balagurusamy, MK (2011).  Associations of Physician Supplies with Colon Cancer Care in Ontario and California, 1996 to 2006. Digestive Disease and Science, 56, 523–531.
    • Gorey, KM, Luginaah, IN, Bartfay, E, Fung, KY, Holowaty, EJ, Wright, FC, Hamm, C and Kanjeekal, SM (2010). Effects of Socioeconomic Status on Colon Cancer Treatment Accessibility and Survival in Toronto, Ontario, and San Francisco, California, 1996-2006. American Journal of Public Health, 101(1), 112-119.
  • Publications since 2007
    • Bartfay, WJ, Bartfay, E and Clow, K (2010). Challenges Faced by Men in Nursing. Nursing Management.
    • Bartfay, WJ, Bartfay, E and Green-Johnson, J (2011). Investigations Into the Gram Negative and Positive Antibacterial Properties of the Plant-derived Extract of “Willowherb” (Epilobium angustifolium). Biological Research for Nursing. DOI:10.1177/1099800410393947.
    • Gorey, KM, Luginaah, IN, Fung, KY, Bartfay, E, Hamm, C, Wright, FC, Balagurusamy, M and Holowaty, EJ (2010). Association of Physician Supply with Breast Cancer Survival in Ontario. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
    • Bartfay W, Bartfay E, Clow K and Wu T (2010). Attitudes and Perceptions Towards Men in Nursing Education. IJAHSP – Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 8(2).
    • Gorey, KM, Luginaah, IN, Schwartz, KL, Fung, KY, Balagurusamy, M, Bartfay, E, Wright, FC, Anucha, U and Parsons, RR (2009). Increased Racial Group Breast Cancer Survival Differential in America: Historic Observational Evidence Consistent with a Health Insurance Hypothesis, 1975 to 2001. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, 113, 595-600.
    • Dudgeon, D, Knott, TC, Eichholz, M, Gerlach, J, Chapman, C, Viola, R, Van Dijk, J, Preston, S, Batchelor, D and Bartfay, E* (2008). Palliative Care Integration Project (PCIP) Quality Improvement Strategy Evaluation. Journal of Pain & Symptom Management, 35(6):573-82 (*senior author).
    • Gorey, KM, Fung, KY, Luginaah, IN, Bartfay, E, Hamm, C, Wright, FC, Balagurusamy, M, Mohammad, A, Holowaty, EJ and Tang, KX (2008). Cancer Survival in Ontario 1986 to 2003: Evidence of Equitable Advances Across Most Diverse Urban and Rural Places. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 99(1), 12-16.
    • Bartfay, E. and Bartfay, W. (2008). Accuracy Assessment of Prediction in Patient Outcomes. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 14(1), 1-10.
    • Bartfay, WJ and Bartfay E (2007). Canadian View of Men in Nursing Explored. Men in Nursing, 2(2): 32-37.
  • Selected conference presentations
    • Bartfay E, Bartfay WJ, Gorey KM. Cognitive impairment and dementia diagnosis among institutional care facility residents in Ontario, Canada. The 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Seoul, South Korea, July, 2013.
    • Dao D, Bartfay E. Interactive and preferential learning approach for global health education. HLSC Annual Poster Day, UOIT, Oshawa, Ontario, April 11, 2013. 
    • Ackerman M, Bartfay E. Exploring Virtual Gaming and Videos for Global Health Education. HLSC Annual Poster Day, UOIT, Oshawa, Ontario, April 11, 2013. 
    • Bartfay E, Bartfay WJ, Gorey KM. A comparison of cognitive function at dementia diagnoses among facility residents with or without pre-existing condition in Ontario, Canada. The 11th International Conference on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases (AD/PD 2013), Florence, Italy, March 6 to 10, 2013.
    • Bartfay, E, Bartfay, WJ and Wu, T (October 21 to 23, 2012). The impact of the global economic crisis on the health and well-being of laid-off automobile industry workers in Durham, Canada. 19th Canadian Conference on International Health, Delta City Centre Hotel, Ottawa, Ontario.
    • Bartfay, E, Bartfay, WJ and Wu, T (August 7 to 11, 2011). The Health and Well-being of Laid-off Automobile Workers in Durham, Canada. IEA World Congress of Epidemiology. Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Scotland, UK. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
    • Bartfay, E and Bartfay, WJ (April 2, 2011). Quality of life of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients. (Poster) 26th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International, Toronto, Ontario.
    • Bartfay, E and Bartfay, WJ (March 14 to 18, 2011). Quality of Life of Caregiver’s Looking After Alzheimer’s Patients in the Durham Region (poster). 10thInternational Alzheimer’s and dementia conference, Barcelona, Spain.
    • Bartfay, WJ, Bartfay, E and Wu, T (August 2010). The Effects of the Global Economic Downturn on GM Autoworkers Psycho-social Health in Ontario, Canada: A Phenomenological Study. 31st World Conference on Stress & Anxiety Research. STAR 2010: Galway, Ireland. (Poster submitted for consideration - ref. #3775).
    • Bartfay, E and Bartfay, WJ (March 10 to 13, 2010). A Comparison of the Effect of Adult Day Programs on the Quality of Life of Alzheimer’s Disease Patients. The 25th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease International, Thessaloniki, Greece (Poster: P043).
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