Dr. Vivian Welch* PhD MSc BSc (she/her/elle)


Dr. Vivian Welch* PhD MSc BSc (she/her/elle)
Associate Professor

Deputy Director, Centre for Global Health
Bruyère Research Institute

Room: 85 Primrose Avenue
Office: 613-562-6262 ext. 2904
Work E-mail: vivian.welch@uottawa.ca

Vivian Welch


Dr. Vivian Welch is Editor in Chief of the Campbell Collaboration (www.campbellcollaboration.org) and director of the Methods Centre at the Bruyère Research Institute and Assistant Professor at the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. Vivian's research interests are focused on analytic methods in systematic reviews and guidelines to answer questions about global health and health equity.  These include methods such as stakeholder involvement, replication of systematic reviews and use of logic models.

Dr. Welch holds an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2014-2019). Dr. Welch is a co-convenor of the Campbell and Cochrane Equity Methods Group and the Cochrane Agenda Setting and Priority Setting group and co-director of Cochrane Global Ageing. She leads the GRADE working group (http://www.gradeworkinggroup.org/) on considering health equity in guideline development.

Selected publications

  1. White H, Albers B, Gaarder M, Kornør H, Littell J, Marshall Z, Matthew C, Pigott T, Snilstveit B, Waddington H, Welch V. Guidance for producing a Campbell evidence and gap map. Campbell Systematic Reviews. 2020;16(4):e1125.

  2. Tugwell P, Welch VA, (*joint first authors), Karunananthan S, Maxwell LJ, Akl EA, Avey MT, Bhutta ZA, Brouwers MC, Clark JP, Cook S, Cuervo LG, Curran JA, Ghogomu ET, Graham IG, Grimshaw JM, Hutton B, Ioannidis JPA, Jordan Z, Jull JE, Kristjansson E, Langlois EV, Little J, Lyddiatt A, Martin JE, Marušić A, Mbuagbaw L, Moher D, Morton RL, Nasser M, Page MJ, Pardo Pardo J, Petkovic J, Petticrew M, Pigott T, Pottie K, Rada G, Rader T, Riddle AY, Rothstein H, Schüneman HJ, Shamseer L, Shea BJ, Simeon R, Siontis KC, Smith M, Soares-Weiser K, Thavorn K, Tovey D, Vachon B, Valentine J, Villemaire R, Walker P, Weeks L, Wells G, Wilson DB, White H. When to replicate systematic reviews of interventions: consensus checklist. BMJ. 2020;370:m2864. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m2864.

  3. Dewidar O, Tsang P, León-García M, Mathew C, Antequera A, Baldeh T, Akl EA, Alonso-Coello P, Petkovic J, Piggott T, Pottie K, Schünemann H, Tugwell P, Welch V. Over half of the WHO guidelines published from 2014 to 2019 explicitly considered health equity issues: A cross sectional survey. J Clin Epidemiol. 2020 Jul 24:S0895-4356(20)30472-8.

  4. Glover RE, van Schalkwyk MC, Akl EA, Kristjannson E, Lotfi T, Petkovic J, Petticrew MP, Pottie K, Tugwell P, Welch V. A framework for identifying and mitigating the equity harms of COVID-19 policy interventions. J Clin Epidemiol. 2020 Jun 8:S0895-4356(20)30597-7.

  5. Simeon R, Dewidar O, Trawin J, Duench S, Manson H, Pardo Pardo J, Petkovic J, Hatcher Roberts J, Tugwell P, Yoganathan M, Presseau J, Welch V. Behavior Change Techniques Included in Reports of Social Media Interventions for Promoting Health Behaviors in Adults: Content Analysis Within a Systematic Review. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Jun 11;22(6):e16002. doi: 10.2196/16002.

  6. Welch VA, Ghogomu E, Hossain A, Riddle A, Gaffey M, Arora P, et al. Mass deworming for improving health and cognition of children in endemic helminth areas: A systematic review and individual participant data network meta-analysis. Campbell Syst Rev 2019;15(4).

  7. Jull J, Graham ID, Kristjansson E, Moher D, Petkovic J, Yoganathan M…Welch V (senior). Taking an integrated knowledge translation approach in research to develop the CONSORT-Equity 2017 reporting guideline: An observational study. BMJ Open 2019;9(7).

  8. Jull J, Petticrew M, Kristjansson E, Yoganathan M, Petkovic J, Tugwell P, Welch V; CONSORT-Equity 2017 and Boston Equity Symposium. Engaging knowledge users in development of the CONSORT-Equity 2017 reporting guideline: a qualitative study using in-depth interviews participants.Res Involv Engagem. 2018 Oct 22;4:34. doi: 10.1186/s40900-018-0118-y. eCollection 2018. 

  9. Welch V, Norheim O, Jull J, Cookson R, Sommerfelt H, Tugwell P et al. CONSORT-Equity 2017 extension and elaboration for better reporting of health equity in randomised trials. BMJ 2017; 359: j5085.
  10. Welch V, Doull M, Yoganathan M, Jull J, Boscoe M, Coen SE, Marshall Z, Pardo Pardo J, Pederson A, Petkovic J, Puil L, Quinlan L, Shea B, Rader T. Runnels V, Tudiver S. Reporting of sex and gender in randomized controlled trials in Canada: a cross-sectional methods study. Research Integrity and Peer Review. 2017;2:15.
  11. Welch VA, Akl EA, Guyatt G, Pottie K, Eslava-Schmalbach J, Ansari MT, de Beer H, Briel M, Dans T, Dans I, Hultcrantz M, Jull J, Katikireddi SV, Meerpohl J, Morton R, Mosdol A, Petkovic J, Schünemann H, Sharaf R, Singh J, Stanev R, Tonia T, Tristan M, Vitols S, Watine J, Tugwell P. GRADE Equity guidelines 1: Health equity in guideline development- introduction and rationale. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017 Apr 12. pii: S0895-4356(17)30339-6
  12. Welch VA, Akl EA, Pottie K, Ansari MT, Briel M, Christensen R, Dans A, Dans L, Eslava-Schmalbach JH, Guyatt G, Hultcrantz M, Jull J, Katikireddi SV, Lang E, Matovinovic E, Meerpohl JJ, Morton R, Mosdøl A, Murad MH, Petkovic J, Schünemann H, Sharaf R, Shea B, Singh JA, Solà I, Stanev R, Stein AT, Thabane L, Tonia T, Tristan M, Vitols S, Watine J, Tugwell P. GRADE Equity Guidelines 3: Health equity considerations in rating the certainty of synthesized evidence. J Clin Epidemiol. 2017; S0895-4356(17)30340-2.


Fields of Interest

  • Systematic review methodology
  • Health equity assessment in different types of research including: guidelines. trials and systematic reviews
  • Social dimensions of ageing
  • Stakeholder engagement in research
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