Joanne McKenzie


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Joanne McKenzie is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. In 2012 she was awarded a PhD in methodological issues in meta-analysis of randomised trials with continuous outcomes. She has holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and leads a programme of research on methods for evidence synthesis within the Biostatistics Unit. In addition to the biostatistical and methodological research she undertakes, she has been a biostatistical collaborator on a large range of projects. The focus of these collaborations has been on evaluations of public health and health services interventions (using individually and cluster randomised trials, and interrupted time series designs) and systematic reviews. Previous appointments include Senior Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia; Research Fellow, Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand (NZ); and, Project biostatistician for the NZ National Nutrition Survey, University of Otago. These appointments involved provision of statistical and design expertise.

Her specific research interests in evidence synthesis include examination of approaches for meta-analysing results from interrupted time series studies; methods for overviews of systematic reviews, including how to assess the certainty of evidence in overviews; methods for presenting and synthesising results when meta-analysis is not possible; methods to synthesise evidence from multiple treatments (also known as network meta-analysis); and examination of bias in the systematic review process. She is an active contributor to Cochrane, including being a Co-convenor of the Statistical Methods Group, a member of the Methods Executive and a scientific editor of Cochrane Methods.

In addition to her research interests in evidence synthesis, Jo is involved in research examining statistical, bias and reporting issues in multi-stage cluster randomised trials.

Jo holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Monash University, and a Master of Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Statistics and Bachelor of Science from the University of Otago, New Zealand.

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Projects 2005 2021

Research Output 1997 2018

Flaws in the application and interpretation of statistical analyses in systematic reviews of therapeutic interventions were common: a cross-sectional analysis

Page, M. J., Altman, D. G., McKenzie, J. E., Shamseer, L., Ahmadzai, N., Wolfe, D., Yazdi, F., Catalá-López, F., Tricco, A. C. & Moher, D. 1 Mar 2018 In : Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 95, p. 7-18 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reproducible research practices are underused in systematic reviews of biomedical interventions

Page, M. J., Altman, D. G., Shamseer, L., McKenzie, J. E., Ahmadzai, N., Wolfe, D., Yazdi, F., Catalá-López, F., Tricco, A. C. & Moher, D. 1 Feb 2018 In : Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 94, p. 8-18 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview Article

Tools for assessing risk of reporting biases in studies and syntheses of studies: A systematic review

Page, M. J., McKenzie, J. E. & Higgins, J. P. T. 1 Mar 2018 In : BMJ Open. 8, 3, 16 p., e019703

Research output: Contribution to journalReview Article

Open Access

Accelerometers for the assessment of concussion in male athletes: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Brennan, J. H., Mitra, B., Synnot, A., McKenzie, J., Willmott, C., McIntosh, A. S., Maller, J. J. & Rosenfeld, J. V. 1 Mar 2017 In : Sports Medicine. 47, 3, p. 469-478 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

An investigation of the impact of using different methods for network meta-analysis: A protocol for an empirical evaluation

Karahalios, A. . E., Salanti, G., Turner, S. L., Herbison, G. P., White, I. R., Veroniki, A. A., Nikolakopoulou, A. & McKenzie, J. E. 24 Jun 2017 In : Systematic Reviews. 6, 1, 10 p., 119

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access