Catriona McDaid
Senior Research Fellow



Catriona is a senior research fellow based in the York Trials Unit. She joined the University of York in 2002, working at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination where she undertook systematic reviews and health technology assessments for a range of funders including NIHR, the Department of Health Policy Research Programme and NICE.

Catriona joined York Trials Unit in 2013 and is the lead for the North and East Yorkshire spoke of the Research Design Service Yorkshire and Humber (RDS-YH) and the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) Surgical Research Centre.


  • BSSc Psychology (Queen’s University, Belfast)
  • MSc Science Communication (Queen’s University/Dublin City University)
  • PhD The Neuropsychological Sequelae of Transient Brain Insult (Queen’s University, Belfast)

Departmental roles

  • York Trials Unit Senior Management Team
  • Honorary Sub-Group



The evaluation of health and social care interventions is a long-standing interest. She has experience in a range of research methods including systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and qualitative research. She has undertaken health technology assessments of pharmacological, behavioural and policy interventions and has a particular interest in the field of orthopaedics and the evaluation of devices.


Research group(s)


Full publications list



  • Co-lead for the Systematic Reviews Module on the Master's Programme
  • Contributes to Health Research in Practice Module on the Master's Programme
  • Contributes to Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research Methods

External activities


  • NICE Clinical Guidelines Update Committee A - Core member (current)
  • NIHR Journals Editor and Member of the NIHR HTA and LME Editorial Board (current)
  • Research Design Service North East/ Clinical Trials Unit Oversight Group, Newcastle University (current)
  • Associate Editor Systematic Reviews BMC (2014 - 2017)


Contact details

Dr Catriona McDaid
Senior Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(1371)