Dr. Nancy Walton is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University in Toronto. She teaches ethics in the Masters program as well as Ethics in Health care and Professional Issues in the undergraduate collaborative program. Dr. Walton held the position of the Chair of the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board from 2004-2013.
Dr. Walton has a PhD in Bioethics from the University of Toronto Collaborative Program in Bioethics. She holds an undergraduate degree in Nursing from Ryerson University (1992) and has completed the Executive Program on “Understanding the New World of Health Care” at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto (2001).
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 and mandates, risk in social science and humanities research and the legal and ethical concerns in research involving children and adolescents.
Dr Walton is currently a Co-Investigator on the Canadian Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Team (CCORT) funded by a CIHR Team Grant. CCORT is a group of Ontario-based researchers focusing on improving the care provided to patients with cardiovascular risk factors and chronic conditions. Her research interests also include exploring priority setting in the provision of therapies for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the role of parents-as-therapists for children with ASD, for which she holds a Ryerson Internal Health Fund Grant.
She is the Canadian co-author of the Canadian edition of the textbook “Ethics and Issues in Contemporary Nursing” (2nd edn., 2013) and is co-author, with Dr. Chris MacDonald, of an upcoming textbook entitled “Critical Thinking for Nurses” (2014).
She is lead author of The Research Ethics Blog