Andrea Tricco

PhD, MSc

Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs


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

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 (JBI) 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 200 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 the director of an online systematic review course that >470 students and staff have completed, which is offered through the University of Toronto.


Recent Publications

  1. Tricco, AC, Garritty, CM, Boulos, L, Lockwood, C, Wilson, M, McGowan, J et al.. Rapid review methods more challenging during COVID-19: commentary with a focus on 8 knowledge synthesis steps. J Clin Epidemiol. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.06.029. PubMed PMID:32615209 .
  2. Watt, JA, Goodarzi, Z, Veroniki, AA, Nincic, V, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, M et al.. Safety of pharmacologic interventions for neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMC Geriatr. 2020;20 (1):212. doi: 10.1186/s12877-020-01607-7. PubMed PMID:32546202 PubMed Central PMC7298771.
  3. Antony, J, Brar, R, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, M, Nincic, V, Sharpe, JP et al.. Interventions for the prevention and management of occupational stress injury in first responders: a rapid overview of reviews. Syst Rev. 2020;9 (1):121. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01367-w. PubMed PMID:32475353 PubMed Central PMC7262749.
  4. Arevalo-Rodriguez, I, Steingart, KR, Tricco, AC, Nussbaumer-Streit, B, Kaunelis, D, Alonso-Coello, P et al.. Current methods for development of rapid reviews about diagnostic tests: an international survey. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2020;20 (1):115. doi: 10.1186/s12874-020-01004-z. PubMed PMID:32404051 PubMed Central PMC7220561.
  5. Pratt, M, Wieland, S, Ahmadzai, N, Butler, C, Wolfe, D, Pussagoda, K et al.. A scoping review of network meta-analyses assessing the efficacy and safety of complementary and alternative medicine interventions. Syst Rev. 2020;9 (1):97. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01328-3. PubMed PMID:32354348 PubMed Central PMC7191816.
  6. Colquhoun, HL, Jesus, TS, O'Brien, KK, Tricco, AC, Chui, A, Zarin, W et al.. Scoping Review on Rehabilitation Scoping Reviews. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020;101 (8):1462-1469. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2020.03.015. PubMed PMID:32325163 .
  7. Darvesh, N, Radhakrishnan, A, Lachance, CC, Nincic, V, Sharpe, JP, Ghassemi, M et al.. Exploring the prevalence of gaming disorder and Internet gaming disorder: a rapid scoping review. Syst Rev. 2020;9 (1):68. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01329-2. PubMed PMID:32241295 PubMed Central PMC7119162.
  8. McGowan, J, Straus, S, Moher, D, Langlois, EV, O'Brien, KK, Horsley, T et al.. Reporting scoping reviews-PRISMA ScR extension. J Clin Epidemiol. 2020;123 :177-179. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.03.016. PubMed PMID:32229248 .
  9. Zhang, DDQ, Dossa, F, Arora, A, Cusimano, MC, Speller, B, Little, T et al.. Recommendations for the Prescription of Opioids at Discharge After Abdominopelvic Surgery: A Systematic Review. JAMA Surg. 2020; :. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.5875. PubMed PMID:32159738 .
  10. Lockwood, C, Tricco, AC. Preparing scoping reviews for publication using methodological guides and reporting standards. Nurs Health Sci. 2020;22 (1):1-4. doi: 10.1111/nhs.12673. PubMed PMID:32115893 .
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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