Andrea Tricco

PhD, MSc

Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs


Please note: Dr. Tricco is not taking any summer students in 2019.

Andrea Tricco holds a MSc in Epidemiology and PhD in Population Health. She is a Scientist and Director of the Knowledge Synthesis Team in the Knowledge Translation Program of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health & Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. She is also a Co-Director and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Queen’s Collaboration for Health Care Quality Joanna Briggs Institute Centre of Excellence at Queen’s University. Her research interests are related to responding to decision-makers (including policy-makers, healthcare providers, and patients) through knowledge synthesis. Her research 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 180 peer-reviewed articles. She currently holds a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Knowledge Synthesis and the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science Early Researcher Award. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, BMC Medical Research Methodology, and Systematic Reviews; and sits on the Editorial Board for BMC Medicine and the Joanna Briggs Institute Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. She is the Director of an online systematic review course that >400 students and staff have completed, which is offered through the University of Toronto.



Recent Publications

  1. Hughes, SL, Bolotin, S, Khan, S, Li, Y, Johnson, C, Friedman, L et al.. The effect of time since measles vaccination and age at first dose on measles vaccine effectiveness - A systematic review. Vaccine. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.10.090. PubMed PMID:31732326 .
  2. Rios, P, Cardoso, R, Morra, D, Nincic, V, Goodarzi, Z, Farah, B et al.. Comparative effectiveness and safety of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for insomnia: an overview of reviews. Syst Rev. 2019;8 (1):281. doi: 10.1186/s13643-019-1163-9. PubMed PMID:31730011 .
  3. Krahn, MD, Bremner, KE, de Oliveira, C, Almeida, N, Clement, F, Lorenzetti, DL et al.. Picturing ELSI+: a visual representation of ethical, legal, and social issues, and patient experiences in Health Technology Assessment in Canada. Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2019; :1-10. doi: 10.1017/S0266462319000722. PubMed PMID:31729308 .
  4. Wong, JJ, Tricco, AC, Côté, P, Rosella, LC. The association between depressive symptoms or depression and health outcomes in adults with low back pain with or without radiculopathy: protocol of a systematic review. Syst Rev. 2019;8 (1):267. doi: 10.1186/s13643-019-1192-4. PubMed PMID:31703727 PubMed Central PMC6839250.
  5. Bolotin, S, Hughes, SL, Gul, N, Khan, S, Rota, PA, Severini, A et al.. What Is the Evidence to Support a Correlate of Protection for Measles? A Systematic Review. J. Infect. Dis. 2019; :. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiz380. PubMed PMID:31674648 .
  6. Watt, JA, Goodarzi, Z, Veroniki, AA, Nincic, V, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, M et al.. Comparative Efficacy of Interventions for Aggressive and Agitated Behaviors in Dementia: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. Ann. Intern. Med. 2019; :. doi: 10.7326/M19-0993. PubMed PMID:31610547 .
  7. Wong, JJ, Côté, P, Tricco, AC, Rosella, LC. Examining the effects of low back pain and mental health symptoms on healthcare utilisation and costs: a protocol for a population-based cohort study. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (9):e031749. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031749. PubMed PMID:31562160 PubMed Central PMC6773279.
  8. Arevalo-Rodriguez, I, Moreno-Nunez, P, Nussbaumer-Streit, B, Steingart, KR, González Peña, LDM, Buitrago-Garcia, D et al.. Rapid reviews of medical tests used many similar methods to systematic reviews but key items were rarely reported: a scoping review. J Clin Epidemiol. 2019;116 :98-105. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2019.09.004. PubMed PMID:31521724 .
  9. Wong, EK, Lachance, CC, Page, MJ, Watt, J, Veroniki, A, Straus, SE et al.. Selective reporting bias in randomised controlled trials from two network meta-analyses: comparison of clinical trial registrations and their respective publications. BMJ Open. 2019;9 (9):e031138. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031138. PubMed PMID:31492792 PubMed Central PMC6731894.
  10. Butcher, NJ, Tricco, AC, Offringa, M, Moher, D, Galica, J. Training researchers in publication science: why, what, and how. J Clin Epidemiol. 2019; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2019.08.007. PubMed PMID:31465843 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
  • Associate Editor, BMC Medical Research Methodology
  • Associate Editor, Systematic Reviews
  • Part of the Editorial Board for BMC Medicine and the Joanna Briggs Institute Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports