Director of OAPN


Denise received a doctoral degree in nursing from McMaster University and completed a Canadian Health Services Research (CHSRF) and Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) post-doctoral fellowship at McMaster and the University of Manitoba.


Denise is an associate professor in the School of Nursing and the Department of jccgp5296 Oncology and is the co-Director for The Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research (CCAPNR) at McMaster University. She holds a cross appointment with the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre as a Clinician Scientist and Director of the Canadian Centre of Excellence in Oncology Advanced Practice Nursing (OAPN) – which provides a unique a program of research, education, mentorship and knowledge translation activities to support the development of generalist, specialized and advanced nursing roles in cancer control.


From 1993 to 1999, Denise was the founding Chair of the Adult Oncology Nursing Program at McMaster which provided an innovative model for degree-linked, post-basic specialty education in Canada. Between 2007 and 2013, Denise has led the development, evaluation and expansion of the Ontario Oncology Nursing e-Mentorship Program – a provincial program funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the de Souza Institute to promote the career and professional development of specialized and advanced oncology nurses. Nationally, she has received two awards of recognition for excellence in education and research from the Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology. In addition to her education and research roles, Denise has national certification in oncology nursing and over 25 years of experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Hematology/Oncology and urological cancers.


As a health services researcher, Denise as expertise in qualitative, quantitative, mixed method and participatory action research. She developed the PEPPA Framework which is recognized internationally as a best practice approach for the effective development, implementation and evaluation of advanced practice nursing and other health provider roles. She is involved in numerous knowledge translation, research, policy and consultation activities designed to improve access and quality of care and health outcomes for patients with a chronic health conditions though optimal utilization of specialized and advanced nursing roles.


Selected 2016 Publications


Martin-Misener, R., Kilpatrick, K.,  Donald, F., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Rayner, J., Valaitis, R., Carter, N., Miller, P.A., Landry, V., Harbman, P., Charbonneau-Smith, R., McKinlay, R.J., Ziegler, E., Boesveld, S., & Lamb, A. (2016). Benchmarking for Nurse Practitioner Panel Size in Primary Health Care: Scoping Review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 62, 170-182.


Boyko, J., Carter, N., & Bryant Lukosius, D. (2016). Assessing the spread and uptake of framework for introducing and evaluating advanced practice nursing roles. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing. doi:10.1111/wvn.12160


Kilpatrick, K., Tchouaket, E., Carter, N., Bryant-Lukosius, D., & DiCenso, A. (2016). Structural and process factors that influence clinical nurse specialist role implementation. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 39(2), 89-100.


Kilpatrick, K., Tchouaket, E., Bryant-Lukosius, D., Carter N., DiCenso, A. (2016). Relationship between clinical nurse specialist role implementation, satisfaction and intent to stay. Clinical Nurse Specialist: The International Journal for Advanced Nursing Practice, 30(3), 159-166.


Bryant-Lukosius, D., Spichiger, E., Martin, J., Stoll, H., Degen Kellerhals, S. Fliedner, M., Grossman, F., Henry, M., Herrman, L., Koller, A., Schwendimann, R., Ulrich, A., Weibel, L., Callens, B., De Geest, S. (2016). Framework for evaluating the impact of advanced practice nursing roles. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 48(2), 201-209.