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 Sept 2011) and directs the Knowledge Synthesis Team. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (appointed 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 135 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 the BMC Medicine. She developed an online systematic review course that >335 students have completed, which is offered through the University of Toronto.

Please note: Dr. Tricco is not taking any summer students in 2018.


Recent Publications

  1. Watt, J, Tricco, AC, Talbot-Hamon, C, Pham, B, Rios, P, Grudniewicz, A et al.. Identifying older adults at risk of harm following elective surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Med. 2018;16 (1):2. doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0986-2. PubMed PMID:29325567 PubMed Central PMC5765656.
  2. Reynen, E, Robson, R, Ivory, J, Hwee, J, Straus, SE, Pham, B et al.. A retrospective comparison of systematic reviews with same-topic rapid reviews. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.12.001. PubMed PMID:29258906 .
  3. Yanagawa, B, Tam, DY, Mazine, A, Tricco, AC. Systematic review and meta-analysis in cardiac surgery: a primer. Curr. Opin. Cardiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1097/HCO.0000000000000496. PubMed PMID:29256930 .
  4. Knottnerus, JA, Tugwell, P, Tricco, AC, McGowan, J. From testing to diagnostic strategies and dia-prognostic research. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017;92 :1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.11.010. PubMed PMID:29208233 .
  5. Page, MJ, Altman, DG, McKenzie, JE, Shamseer, L, Ahmadzai, N, Wolfe, D et al.. Flaws in the application and interpretation of statistical analyses in systematic reviews of therapeutic interventions were common: a cross-sectional analysis. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.11.022. PubMed PMID:29203419 .
  6. Tricco, AC, Ashoor, HM, Soobiah, C, Rios, P, Veroniki, AA, Hamid, JS et al.. Comparative Effectiveness and Safety of Cognitive Enhancers for Treating Alzheimer's Disease: Systematic Review and Network Metaanalysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017; :. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15069. PubMed PMID:29131306 .
  7. Tricco, AC, Thomas, SM, Veroniki, AA, Hamid, JS, Cogo, E, Strifler, L et al.. Comparisons of Interventions for Preventing Falls in Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2017;318 (17):1687-1699. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.15006. PubMed PMID:29114830 .
  8. Page, MJ, Altman, DG, Shamseer, L, McKenzie, JE, Ahmadzai, N, Wolfe, D et al.. Reproducible research practices are underused in systematic reviews of biomedical interventions. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.10.017. PubMed PMID:29113936 .
  9. Tugwell, P, Knottnerus, JA, McGowan, J, Tricco, A. Big-5 Quasi-Experimental designs. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017;89 :1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.09.010. PubMed PMID:29110785 .
  10. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Ghassemi, M, Nincic, V, Lillie, E, Page, MJ et al.. Same family, different species: methodological conduct and quality varies according to purpose for five types of knowledge synthesis. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.10.014. PubMed PMID:29103958 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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