Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Fiona Beyer

Research Associate



I have worked on systematic reviews for over ten years, both as information specialist and systematic reviewer.

I am working towards a PhD looking at the use of evidence synthesis methods to optimise the use of complex behaviour change interventions. 

I am a member of the Evidence Synthesis Team in the Institute of Health and Society.


Postgraduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies, University of Northumbria
Honours Degree in Chemistry, University of Warwick

Previous positions

2010-2012  Information Specialist/Research Fellow, Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
2003-2010  Information Specialist, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University
2001-2003  Trials Search Coordinator, Cochrane Injuries Group
1998-2001  Information Scientist, United Biscuits R&D Services
1995-1998  Senior Library Assistant (Science & Engineering), University of Wales Swansea Library


Current projects 

"Effectiveness of brief alcohol interventions in primary care populations" (Cochrane review update). 

"Effectiveness of brief technological interventions to reduce hazardous and harmful drinking across unselected populations" (Cochrane review)

INCHES "INnovation in Care Homes: Evidence Synthesis. This project comprises a rapid synthesis of the evidence relating to the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, implementation, delivery, evaluation and impact of new models of care on enhancing health in care homes, focused on the key areas of technology, workforce, communication and engagement, and evaluation.

Promoting parent-child reading to improve school readiness and later language development (Campbell Collaboration review).

Research interests

I'm interested in methods of literature retrieval for systematic reviews, and in research synthesis methods. 

 I am a peer reviewer for Implementation Science, the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, and Health Information and Libraries Journal. 


  • Faculty of Medical Sciences Research Student Development Programme - Health Research Methods: Systematic Review
  • MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research - Introduction to systematic reviewing and critical appraisal