Dr. Luisa Barton, NP-PHC, DNP

Program Director, Master of Nursing: Nurse Practitioner;
Assistant Professor

Luisa Barton


Academic Appointments

  • Associate Member, Yeates School of Graduate Studies
    Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario


  • DNP, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA
  • PhD (all but dissertation, Theory & Policy Studies in Education), University of Toronto
  • MN, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • BScN, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

Clinical Background

  • Sexual Health
  • Medical Cannabis (Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner)
  • Mental Health (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

Scholarship & Research Interests:

  • Medical Cannabis
  • Animal-Human Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Mental Health
  • Higher Education Policy

Recent Presentations

Barton, L. (2019, May). CBT or CBD for Anxiety Disorders. West-East Institute, Universität Wien (University of Vienna), Vienna, Austria

Barton, L., & Hodgson., H. (2013, August). Emerging Zoonotic Threats in Your Community. CVC Veterinary Conference. Kansas City, MO, USA.

Barton, L. & Donald, F. (2009, February). Ontario Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Education Program 14 years later. International Journal of Arts & Sciences. Mdina, Malta.

Barton, L. (2007, June). Rethinking governance in inter-institutional cooperation arrangements in higher education. Clute Institute for Academic Research, College Teaching & Learning Conference (Higher Education/Administration). Padova, Italy.

Barton, L. & Antao, V. (2006, January) Learning Together, Working Together: A proposed model for IPE in Primary Health Care, Hawaii International Conference in Education, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Recent Publications

Barton, L. & Heise, K. (2019). Sexually Transmitted Infections. In Fraser, D., Corcoran, L, & Edwards, M. (Eds.), Canadian Family Practice Guidelines. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

Barton, L., Larratt-Smith, J. (2014). Bridging cultures. In Upvall, M & Effers, J. (Eds.), Global Health Nursing: Building and Sustaining Partnerships. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, LLC.

Hodgson, K., Barton, L., Darling, M., Antao, V., Kim, F., & Monavvari, A. (2015). Pets' impact on your patients' health: Leveraging benefits and mitigating risk. Journal of the American Board of Family Physicians, 28: 526-534.

Miranda, J., Côté, J, Gaston, G., Blais, M, Otis, J., Guéhéneuc, Y-G., Fadel, G., Barton, L., Fowler, S. (2013). An Internet-Based Intervention (Condom-Him) to Increase Condom Use Among HIV-Positive Men Who Have Sex With Men: Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 2(2):e39. doi:10.2196/resprot.2723.!


  • 2012 Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto: Excellence in Continuing Education Award
  • 2011 Anne Denardo McGowan D.N.P. Leadership Award

Research Opportunities for Graduate Students:

Engage in Dr. Barton’s research program through your thesis program or independent study in topic areas such as: Medical Cannabis, Sexual Health, Building communities of practice.