Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Fiona Beyer

Senior 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 

ENGAGE: effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different types of intervention to reduce hazardous and harmful alcohol consumption

Identifying interventions to increase organ donation rates in people from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds

Improving the evidence base for primary care: systematic reviews of the impact of advanced care planning and health & social care provision on unplanned hospital admissions and quality of life

EMPoWER: Early Mobility Powered Wheelchair Evidence 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. 


MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research - I am the module leader for the 'Introduction to systematic reviewing and critical appraisal' module

I also teach on the Faculty of Medical Sciences Research Student Development Programme - Health Research Methods: Systematic Review