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Catriona McDaid
Reader in Trials



Catriona is an applied health researcher based in York Trials Unit. She has a long-standing interest in the evaluation of complex interventions, most recently evaluation of surgical interventions. She has worked in health technology assessment since 2002 and has experience in leading systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials, feasibility studies and mixed methods studies.

She 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)


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  • 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


  • Expert Advisor for the NICE Centre for Guidelines
  • 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)

Catriona McDaid

Contact details

Dr Catriona McDaid
Reader in Trials

Tel: 01904 32(1371)