Three-Credit Online Graduate Course (January 2018)

This class will examine quantitative synthesis including research questions, search strategies, coding issues, meta-analysis statistical procedures, and interpretation of findings. There will be an emphasis on conceptual understanding and practical methods.

For additional information, please email Dr. Lorraine Phillips at


Vicki S. Conn, PhD, RN, FAAN
Director, Meta-Analysis Research Center; Associate Dean for Research; Potter-Brinton Distinguished Professor; Editor-In-Chief, Western Journal of Nursing Research
Dr. Conn has conducted three NIH R01 funded meta-analysis projects and published over 40 meta-analysis papers.

Lorraine J. Phillips, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Director, Meta-Analysis Research Center; Associate Professor
Dr. Phillips conducts meta-analysis research on physical activity interventions for older adults.

Jo-Ana D. Chase, PhD, APRN-BC
Assistant Professor
Dr. Chase conducts meta-analysis research on physical activity intervention effects among older adults.

Faculty Research


Meta-Analysis Summer Institute (June 2019)

Systematic reviews using meta-analyses are highly valued for comparative effectiveness research and evidence-based practice. This on-site institute provides a practical introduction to meta-analysis methods for learners who have previously completed multiple graduate-level statistics courses. Learners will experience the meta-analysis process during face-to-face interactions with experienced meta-analysts and leave the institute prepared to conduct a meta-analysis project.

Topical Highlights
  • Formulating meta-analysis research questions
  • Developing inclusion criteria
  • Searching for eligible studies
  • Generating and implementing coding items
  • Analyzing data
  • Interpreting findings
  • Drafting meta-analysis research reports

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