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Monica Taljaard, PhD

Monica Taljaard

Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Community Medicine
University of Ottawa

Research Interests

  • Design, analysis, and reporting of cluster randomized trials
  • Longitudinal data analysis
  • Multilevel modeling
  • Missing data
  • Quasi-experimental designs
  • Clinical prediction rules
  • Risk-adjustment and provider profiling   

Brief Biography

I graduated with a degree in Statistics and Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. This was followed by a Master's degree in Statistics from the University of South Africa. I was a lecturer in Statistics at the University of Port Elizabeth in South Africa. After immigrating to Canada in 2000, I completed my PhD degree in Biostatistics and Epidemiology under the supervision of Dr. Allan Donner and Dr. Neil Klar at Western University, London, Ontario in 2006. My PhD thesis involved missing data in cluster randomized trials. I joined the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in 2006. As a biostatistician and member of the Ottawa Methods Center, I work with researchers and clinicians from a variety of backgrounds to design and analyze cluster randomized trials, standard clinical trials, and observational studies. I have more than 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals. The majority of my publications have been applied research. I have successful and productive collaborations with many clinicians and scientists and have been a co-applicant, statistical advisor and collaborator on over 70 funded clinical and health services research projects. I have served as supervisor, co-supervisor, or advisory committee member to more than 30 MSc and PhD students. I teach Biostatistics courses in the MSc program in Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Selected Publications

  • Taljaard M, Weijer C, Grimshaw JM, Eccles MP, the Ottawa Ethics of Cluster Randomised Trials Consensus Group. The Ottawa Statement on the Ethical Design and Conduct of Cluster Randomised Trials: A précis for researchers and research ethics committees. BMJ 2013;346:f2838. doi: (Impact factor: 17.215)
  • Weijer C, Grimshaw JM, Eccles MP, McRae AD, White A, Brehaut JC, Taljaard M and the Ottawa Ethics of Cluster Trials Consensus Group. The Ottawa Consensus Statement on the Ethical Design and Conduct of CRTs. PloS Medicine 2012. 9(11): e1001346. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001346 (Impact factor 13.05)
  • Ivers N, Taljaard M, Dixon S, Bennett C, McRae A, Taleban J, Skea Z, Brehaut J, Boruch RF, Eccles M, Grimshaw JM, Weijer C, Zwarenstein M, Donner A. Impact of CONSORT extension for cluster randomised trials on quality of reporting and study methodology: review of random sample of 300 trials, 2000-8. BMJ 2011; 343:d5886 (Impact factor: 13.271)
  • Taljaard M, McRae A, Weijer C, Bennett C, Dixon S, Taleban J, Skea Z, Brehaut J, Eccles MP, Donner A, Saginur R, Boruch RF, Grimshaw JM. Inadequate reporting of research ethics review and informed consent in cluster randomized trials: review of a representative sample of published trials. BMJ 2011;342:d2496. (Impact factor 13.66)
  • Koszycki D, Taljaard M, Segal Z, Bradwejn J. A randomized trial of sertraline, self-administered cognitive behavior therapy, and their combination for panic disorder. Psychological Medicine 2010, May 13:1-11. (Impact factor: 5.012)

Research and clinical approaches

Biostatistics; Clinical decision rules; Clinical trials; Cluster randomized trials; Cohort studies; Epidemiology; Health professional behaviour change; Health research methods; Health services research; Knowledge translation and implementation research; Quality Improvement