Katie Thomson

Dr Katie Thomson

Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis

Dr Katie Thomson is a Research Fellow in Evidence Synthesis (50% FTE) in the Enabling Methodologies theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North East and North Cumbria (NENC).

She also works in the Evidence Synthesis Group (Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University), and is additionally, an analyst with the NIHR Innovation Observatory (30% FTE).


Katie’s research expertise is centred on evidence synthesis. She has conducted a range of quantitative and qualitative reviews on a variety of health and public health topics. Katie has been involved in over 15 reviews and has a particular interest in umbrella and mapping reviews.  A geographer by training, Katie is also experienced in the use of mapping of health data using Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

Katie took up the position of Research Associate in Evidence Synthesis prior to working at Durham University where she undertook her PhD research. She was first employed as a researcher on an ESRC project looking at physical activity in school-aged children, and then moved into evidence synthesis on a European funded project looking at government interventions to improve health and reduce health inequalities.

Areas of interest

Katie is interested in, and can help with:

  • Systematic review methods, particularly those applied to health inequalities.
  • Mapping reviews and priority setting exercises involving stakeholder engagement.
  • The use of Geographical Information Systems to visualise and map health data, particularly its use linking data sources at different geographies.


  • Tanner L, Sowden S, Still M, Thomson K, Bambra C, Wildman J. Which Non-Pharmaceutical Primary Care Interventions Reduce Inequalities in Common Mental Health Disorders? A Protocol for a Systematic Review of Quantitative and Qualitative Studies. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2021, 18(24), 12978.
  • Thomson K, Moffat M, Arisa O, Jesurasa A, Richmond C, Odeniyi A, Bambra C, Rankin J, Brown H, Bishop J, Wing S, McNaughton A, Heslehurst N. Socioeconomic inequalities and adverse pregnancy outcomes in the UK and Republic of Ireland: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2021, 11, e042753.
  • Nazar H, Evans C, Kyei N, Lindsey L, Nazar Z, Thomson K, Yeung A, Todd A. A service evaluation and stakeholder perspectives of an innovative digital minor illness referral service from NHS 111 to community pharmacy. PLoS ONE 2020, 15(3), e0230343.
  • Thomson K, Hillier-Brown F, McNamarra C, Todd A, Huijits T, Bambra C. The effects of public health policies on health inequalities in high-income countries: an umbrella review. BMC Public Health 2018, 18, 869.
  • Todd A, Thomson K, Kasim A, Bambra C. Cutting care clusters: the creation of an inverse pharmacy care law? An area level analysis exploring the clustering of community pharmacies in England. BMJ Open 2018, 8(7), e022109.

Get in touch

Twitter: @katiehthomson
Email: [email protected]