Jill HaydenPhD

Associate Professor and CCRF/Dalhousie Research Professor in Epidemiology

Email: jhayden@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-4046
Mailing Address: 
Centre for Clinical Research, Room 403, 5790 University Ave, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 1V7
Research Topics:
  • Epidemiology
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Low back pain
  • Systematic review
  • Meta-analysis
  • Knowledge translation


  • PhD (University of Toronto)
  • Chiropractic Clinical Sciences Residency (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
  • DC (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College)
  • BSc Honours (Dalhousie University)

Research interests

Dr. Hayden’s research expertise includes systematic review methods, prognostic research and musculoskeletal health. For many years, she has contributed to the Cochrane Collaboration. Her research is broadly related to improving the quality and use of research evidence for more effective health care decision-making and improved patient outcomes.

Selected publications

  • Hayden JA, Tougas ME, Riley R, Iles R, Pincus T. Individual recovery expectations and prognosis of outcomes in non-specific low back pain: prognostic factor exemplar review (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD011284. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011284.
  • Hayden JA, van der Windt DA, Cartwright JL, Côté P, Bombardier C. Assessing bias in studies of prognostic factors. Ann Intern Med. 2013 Feb 19;158(4):280-6.
  • Riley RD, Hayden JA, Steyerberg EW, Moons KGM, Abrams K, Kyzas PA, Malats N, Briggs A, Schroter  S, Altman DG, Hemingway H for the PROGRESS Group. Prognosis research strategy (PROGRESS) 2:  Prognostic factor research. PLoS Med 2013;10:e1001380.
  • Hayden JA, Chou R, Hogg-Johnson S, Bombardier C. Systematic reviews of low back pain prognosis had variable methods and results - Guidance for future reviews. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2009 Jan 9. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Hayden, JA, Van Tulder, Maurits W, Tomlinson George. Systematic Review: Strategies for Using Exercise Therapy to Improve Outcomes in Chronic Low Back Pain. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2005;142:776-785.

Selected awards and honours  

  • Researcher of the Year – Canadian Chiropractic Association, 2014
  • Research Professorship – Epidemiology. Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation/Dalhousie University, 2011-2016
  • New Investigator – Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) / Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) New Investigator Award, 2007-2012

Professional affiliations

  • Head, Nova Scotia Site of Cochrane Canada
  • Co-Convenor, Cochrane Prognosis Methods Group, Cochrane Collaboration
  • Advisory board member, Cochrane Back Review Group, Cochrane Collaboration
  • Adjunct scientist, Institute for Work & Health, Toronto, ON


  • Graduate courses in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology: CH&E 6049 Systematic Review & Meta Analysis

Service & activity

  • Unit director, Research in Medicine (RIM) Program, Undergraduate Medical Education, Dalhousie University
  • PhD graduate program committee member, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University
  • MSc graduate program committee member, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University