Honoary Fellow Member


Dr. Denise Bryant-Lukosius is a Registered Nurse with several years of experience in oncology practice, education, and research. She obtained her baccalaureate nursing education at the McMaster University in 1981 and has maintained certification in oncology nursing from 1998 till date. In 2003, Dr. Bryant-Lukosius received her doctorate degree at the McMaster University and followed up with a CIHR/CHSRF post-doctoral fellowship in Advanced Practice Nursing Research at the McMaster University and University of Manitoba which she completed successfully in 2005.

Dr. Bryant-Lukosius is a tenured Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, McMaster University and a visiting Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She currently holds the Alba DiCenso Professorship in Advanced Nursing Practice and the Chair of the Graduate Nursing Programme Curriculum Committee at McMaster University. She serves as a supervisor/external examiner for postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows globally.

In addition to her faculty roles, Dr. Bryant-Lukosius holds concurrent appointments with the Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre as a Clinician Scientist; director of the Canadian Centre of Excellence in Oncology Advanced Practice Nursing (OAPN) as a director and the Canadian Centre for Advanced Practice Nursing Research (CCAPNR) as a co-director which provides a unique blend of program of research, education, mentorship, and knowledge transfer activities.

Dr. Bryant-Lukosius is globally recognized as a nurse leader in APN role development/evaluation and has received several national awards/honors for excellence in nursing education and research. Particularly, she is internationally recognized for the development of evidence-based guidelines and the PEPPA Framework which serves as a guide for the development, implementation, and evaluation of APN roles. She has worked in various capacities with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) including serving as a Co-chair of the Scientific Committee from 2018 till present and a research subgroup member of the ICN Nurse Practitioner/APN network. In 2017, Dr. Bryant-Lukosius served as an Expert Panel Member for the ICN APN/Nurse Practitioner Definition Change Project. She has led several consultations, workshops and developments regarding Clinical Nurse Specialist role implementation and national framework for evaluating APN roles in Switzerland, Qatar and Ireland.

Dr. Bryant-Lukosius is a recipient of several research funding awards and currently leads/collaborates in APN role development and research in ten (10) countries. Dr. Bryant-Lukosius has authored/co-authored over 55 peer reviewed articles and more than eight (8) international book chapters (predominantly on APN) including an ICN policy brief on APN roles to achieve universal access to health. She is a regular keynote speaker at global conferences and an external grant reviewer for provincial, national and international organizations.