Ciara Keenan

Ciara Keenan

Research Fellow

Queen's University, Belfast


Hi. My name is Ciara Keenan and I am a post-doctoral researcher with strong quantitative background and an established international reputation in evidence synthesis methodology. I am proficient with the R statistical environment and use this for all meta-analysis including meta-regression, network meta-analysis, obtaining cluster-robust variances etc.

I am most committed to capacity building in evidence synthesis which has led to my work as Founder and Editor of the meta-evidence blog and twitter’s @evidencerobot and @COVID_Evidence. I provide regular training and workshops across various evidence synthesis topics and am currently leading several review teams. In conjunction with these roles, I am a Methods Editor and Information Retrieval specialist for Campbell’s Education Coordinating Group (ECG).

Fields of concentration: systematic reviews | meta-analyses | education | race | ethnicity | diversity | homelessness | disability | vulnerable and marginalised groups | post-conflict societies

Download my CV.

  • Evidence Synthesis
  • Information Retrieval
  • Social behaviour
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • R stats
  • MSc Biostatistics, 2022

    National University of Ireland, Galway

  • PhD Sociology/ Psychology, 2018

    Queen's University, Belfast

  • MSc Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2014

    Queen's University, Belfast

  • BSc (Hons) Social Psychology, 2009

    University of Ulster, Coleraine


Information Retrieval
Evidence synthesis
Human behaviour


Research Fellow
Jun 2021 – Present Queen's University, Belfast
Working on the COHeRe 2 project. PI - Professor Martin Dempster.
Research Fellow
Nov 2017 – Aug 2021 Belfast

Responsibilities included:

  • Advancing evidence synthesis methods
  • Leading review teams
  • Mentoring other staff
  • Teaching
Associate Director
Jun 2020 – Dec 2020 Galway
A leadership responsibility for the activities of Cochrane Ireland with a focus on developing and maintaining strategic partnerships in the Cochrane community
Systematic reviewer
Mar 2017 – Oct 2017 York
Editorial Assistant
Mar 2017 – Jul 2017 Belfast


Recent activities to develop and enhance my skills

Evidence Synthesis with Complex Interventions - Component Network Meta-Analysis
Three day workshop on component NMA. Facilitators included Dr Deborah M Caldwell (University of Bristol), Dr Suzanne Freeman (University of Leicester, NIHR Complex Reviews Support Unit), Professor GJ Melendez-Torres (University of Exeter, PenTAG), and Professor Nicky J Welton (University of Bristol, NICE Guidelines Technical Support Unit).
FHEA fellowship status
I am working towards FHEA fellowship status via the Queen’s Merit Award and have a confirmed place on the 3rd of November 2021 panel after which advance higher education accreditors will review my application and reach a decision.
Network Meta-Analysis
A workshop on network meta-anaylsis with world leading methodologist Professor Pigott
Meta-Analyses in R
A three-day workshop on conducting Meta-Analyses in R using the metafor package. The workshop was facilitated by the author of the package and covered everything from effect size calculations to network meta-analysis

Upcoming Talks

Introduction to Systematic Review and Meta Analysis
PGR training