Research Programs


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, Lane, NE, Veroniki, AA, Vyas, MV, Williams, C, Ramkissoon, N et al.. Diagnostic accuracy of virtual cognitive assessment and testing: Systematic review and meta-analysis. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2021; :. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17190. PubMed PMID:33948937 .
  2. Watt, JA, Goodarzi, Z, Veroniki, AA, Nincic, V, Khan, PA, Ghassemi, M et al.. Comparative efficacy of interventions for reducing symptoms of depression in people with dementia: systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ. 2021;372 :n532. doi: 10.1136/bmj.n532. PubMed PMID:33762262 PubMed Central PMC7988455.
  3. Watt, JA, Veroniki, AA, Tricco, AC, Straus, SE. Using a distribution-based approach and systematic review methods to derive minimum clinically important differences. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2021;21 (1):41. doi: 10.1186/s12874-021-01228-7. PubMed PMID:33637039 PubMed Central PMC7912575.
  4. Liu, L, Goodarzi, Z, Jones, A, Posno, R, Straus, SE, Watt, JA et al.. Factors associated with virtual care access in older adults: a cross-sectional study. Age Ageing. 2021; :. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afab021. PubMed PMID:33625475 PubMed Central PMC7929426.
  5. Lee, JCL, Watt, J, Kelsall, D, Straus, S. Journal editors: How do their editing incomes compare?. F1000Res. 2020;9 :1027. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.25620.3. PubMed PMID:33537124 PubMed Central PMC7836083.3.
  6. Aguila, CP, Aikens, RM, Ateliey, PK, Buhr, HM, Castro, MG, Chua, RJ et al.. The complete mitochondrial genome of the Indian leafwing butterfly Kallima paralekta (insecta: Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Mitochondrial DNA B Resour. 2021;6 (1):274-277. doi: 10.1080/23802359.2020.1862000. PubMed PMID:33553643 PubMed Central PMC7850329.
  7. 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 .
  8. 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.
  9. Vyas, MV, Watt, JA, Yu, AYX, Straus, SE, Kapral, MK. The association between loneliness and medication use in older adults. Age Ageing. 2021;50 (2):587-591. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afaa177. PubMed PMID:32931548 .
  10. 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 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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