Research Programs

Biography

Dr. Watt completed medical school at the University of Ottawa, residency in internal medicine at Western University, fellowship training in geriatric medicine at the University of Toronto, and a PhD in clinical epidemiology and health care research at the University of Toronto. She was a 2019 recipient of the CIHR Institute of Health Sciences and Policy Research Rising Star Award and the Thomas & Edna Naylor Memorial Award for the best paper based on a thesis in Health Services and Health Care Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

Her research focuses on using knowledge synthesis methods (e.g. pairwise and network meta-analysis) and health administrative data to better understand the comparative efficacy and safety of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions in older adults, specifically, those with geriatric syndromes such as frailty, falls and cognitive impairment.

Recent Publications

  1. Watt, JA, Campitelli, MA, Maxwell, CJ, Guan, J, Maclagan, LC, Gomes, T et al.. Fall-Related Hospitalizations in Nursing Home Residents Co-Prescribed a Cholinesterase Inhibitor and Beta-Blocker. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020;68 (11):2516-2524. doi: 10.1111/jgs.16710. PubMed PMID:33460072 .
  2. Peven, JC, Jakicic, JM, Rogers, RJ, Lesnovskaya, A, Erickson, KI, Kang, C et al.. The Effects of a 12-Month Weight Loss Intervention on Cognitive Outcomes in Adults with Overweight and Obesity. Nutrients. 2020;12 (10):. doi: 10.3390/nu12102988. PubMed PMID:33003548 PubMed Central PMC7600527.
  3. Vyas, MV, Watt, JA, Yu, AYX, Straus, SE, Kapral, MK. The association between loneliness and medication use in older adults. Age Ageing. 2020; :. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afaa177. PubMed PMID:32931548 .
  4. Tricco, AC, Lachance, CC, Rios, P, Darvesh, N, Antony, J, Radhakrishnan, A et al.. Global evidence of gender inequity in academic health research: a living scoping review protocol. JBI Evid Synth. 2020;18 (10):2181-2193. doi: 10.11124/JBIES-20-00078. PubMed PMID:32925395 .
  5. Sommer, DM, Zipursky, JS, Giannakeas, V, Watt, JA, Rochon, PA, Stall, NM et al.. Trends in the Medical Use of Synthetic Cannabinoids Among Older Adults in Ontario, Canada. Ann Intern Med. 2020;173 (7):589-591. doi: 10.7326/M20-0598. PubMed PMID:32687744 .
  6. 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.
  7. Aghjayan, SL, Jakicic, JM, Rogers, RJ, Esteban-Cornejo, I, Peven, JC, Stillman, CM et al.. The fitness versus body fat hypothesis in relation to hippocampal structure. Psychophysiology. 2020; :e13591. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13591. PubMed PMID:32352571 .
  8. Stillman, CM, Jakicic, J, Rogers, R, Alfini, AJ, Smith, JC, Watt, J et al.. Changes in cerebral perfusion following a 12-month exercise and diet intervention. Psychophysiology. 2020; :e13589. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13589. PubMed PMID:32343445 .
  9. Watt, J. In older adults with subclinical hypothyroidism, levothyroxine did not improve symptoms. Ann Intern Med. 2020;172 (8):JC44. doi: 10.7326/ACPJ202004210-044. PubMed PMID:32311728 .
  10. Donofry, SD, Jakicic, JM, Rogers, RJ, Watt, JC, Roecklein, KA, Erickson, KI et al.. Comparison of Food Cue-Evoked and Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Obesity. Psychosom Med. 2020;82 (3):261-271. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000769. PubMed PMID:32267660 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Geriatrician, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto
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