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Nancy Walton


Director and Associate Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing






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Nancy Walton is the Director of the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University. In June 2017 she completed a year on secondment to the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development as a Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister. She is also the Chair of the Research Ethics Board at Women’s College Hospital. As of 2017, she was appointed as an ethicist to the Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Research Ethics Board. She also serves as a member of the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB) Governance Committee.

Dr. Walton has a PhD in Bioethics from the University of Toronto Collaborative Program in Bioethics (2003) and an undergraduate degree in nursing science from Ryerson (1992). She has both published and presented in the areas of priority setting and decision-making in health care, internet-based research, research ethics board composition, risk in social science and humanities research and the legal and ethical concerns in research involving children and adolescents. She was Co-Investigator for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care-funded project on Variations in Revascularization Practices in Ontario. As a Principal Investigator, her main research focus is on the experiences of parenting children with autism spectrum disorder and the phenomenon of the “parent-as-therapist”.

Dr. Walton served as the Director, e-learning, for Ryerson University from 2013-2016. She was the Chair of the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board from 2004-2013 and has actively engaged in academic governance through her roles as the Vice-Chair of Ryerson Senate, and the Vice Chair of the Senate Priorities Committee. She served as the Co-Chair of the Ryerson United Way campaign for 2011-2012. In 2013, she was the recipient of a University Faculty Service Award as well as the recipient of the Ryersonian of The Year Award. Dr. Walton has served as Academic Colleague for Ryerson University at the Council of Ontario Universities and as a member of The Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance.

Dr. Walton has served as a Council member of the National Council on Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR). She is a longstanding community member and member with expertise in ethics of the Research Ethics Board at the Hospital for Sick Children and a founding member of the Research Ethics Board at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. 

She is the Canadian author of the textbook “Ethics and Issues in Contemporary Nursing” (3rd edition) and is co-author of an upcoming textbook entitled “Critical Thinking for Nurses” (2018). She co-authors the Research Ethics Blog and the Nursing Ethics Blog.