Andrea Tricco

PhD, MSc

Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs


Andrea Tricco completed a MSc in Epidemiology (2002-2004) and a PhD in Population Health (2005-2009). She is a Scientist in the Knowledge Translation Program of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital (appointed in Sept 2011) and directs the Knowledge Synthesis team. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (appointed in June 2014). Her research interests are related to responding to decision-makers (including policy-makers, healthcare providers, and patients) through knowledge synthesis. Her research also focuses on advancing the science of knowledge synthesis and she is leading research projects related to rapid reviews, network meta-analysis, and scoping reviews.

Dr. Tricco has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles. She currently holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award (2012-2017) and the Ontario Ministry of Innovation Early Research Award (2015-2020). She is an Associate Editor for 2 international journals, the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and BMC Medicine. She is also a member of the Cochrane Methods Bias Group.

Recent Publications

  1. Petropoulou, M, Nikolakopoulou, A, Veroniki, AA, Rios, P, Vafaei, A, Zarin, W et al.. Bibliographic study showed improving statistical methodology of network meta-analyses published between 1999 and 2015. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.11.002. PubMed PMID:27864068 .
  2. Knottnerus, JA, Tugwell, P, Tricco, AC. Individual patients are the primary source and the target of clinical research. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016;76 :1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.07.005. PubMed PMID:27670675 .
  3. O'Brien, KK, Colquhoun, H, Levac, D, Baxter, L, Tricco, AC, Straus, S et al.. Advancing scoping study methodology: a web-based survey and consultation of perceptions on terminology, definition and methodological steps. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016;16 :305. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1579-z. PubMed PMID:27461419 PubMed Central PMC4962390.
  4. Welch, VA, Tricco, AC. Reporting guidelines for realist evaluations seek to improve clarity and transparency. BMC Med. 2016;14 (1):109. doi: 10.1186/s12916-016-0658-7. PubMed PMID:27443561 PubMed Central PMC4957299.
  5. Page, MJ, Shamseer, L, Altman, DG, Tetzlaff, J, Sampson, M, Tricco, AC et al.. Epidemiology and Reporting Characteristics of Systematic Reviews of Biomedical Research: A Cross-Sectional Study. PLoS Med. 2016;13 (5):e1002028. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002028. PubMed PMID:27218655 PubMed Central PMC4878797.
  6. Veroniki, AA, Straus, SE, Soobiah, C, Elliott, MJ, Tricco, AC. A scoping review of indirect comparison methods and applications using individual patient data. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2016;16 :47. doi: 10.1186/s12874-016-0146-y. PubMed PMID:27116943 PubMed Central PMC4847203.
  7. Tricco, AC, Ashoor, HM, Cardoso, R, MacDonald, H, Cogo, E, Kastner, M et al.. Sustainability of knowledge translation interventions in healthcare decision-making: a scoping review. Implement Sci. 2016;11 :55. doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0421-7. PubMed PMID:27097827 PubMed Central PMC4839064.
  8. Tricco, AC, Cogo, E, Page, MJ, Polisena, J, Booth, A, Dwan, K et al.. A third of systematic reviews changed or did not specify the primary outcome: a PROSPERO register study. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016;79 :46-54. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.03.025. PubMed PMID:27079845 .
  9. Veroniki, AA, Straus, SE, Ashoor, H, Stewart, LA, Clarke, M, Tricco, AC et al.. Contacting authors to retrieve individual patient data: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016;17 (1):138. doi: 10.1186/s13063-016-1238-z. PubMed PMID:26975720 PubMed Central PMC4791799.
  10. Veroniki, AA, Straus, SE, Fyraridis, A, Tricco, AC. The rank-heat plot is a novel way to present the results from a network meta-analysis including multiple outcomes. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016;76 :193-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.02.016. PubMed PMID:26939929 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto