Tanya Walsh

Tanya Walsh, PhD, MSc


  • Division of Dentistry, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, , Coupland 3,

    M13 9PL Manchester

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Applied health researcher with particular interests in evidence synthesis and the evaluation of interventions in oral health.


Tanya is Professor of Healthcare Evaluation in the Division of Dentistry, with a particular interest in research methodology.

She has a long-standing interest in evidence-based dentistry, using evidence to inform teaching and clinical practice. Tanya has developed her research portfolio in the field of applied health research, working towards improving clinical process and practice and evaluating interventions for improving oral health.

Research interests

Tanya's research projects include cohort studies, randomized controlled trials, and evidence syntheses focusing on optimizing oral health. Her research activities have delivered a sustained output of high-quality publications, many of which have formed the basis of national and international clinical guidelines and public policy, and contributed to clinical and societal impact. She has a particular interest in the application of complex methods for evidence synthesis, and has recently completed a Systematic Reviews Programme Grant on methods to detect and inform the diagnosis of dental caries.  


  • BSc. Oral Health Sciences / BDS Critical appraisal
  • MSc Dental Specialties Biostatistics
  • MPH Evidence synthesis and systematic reviews

My collaborations

Tanya has active collaborations with researchers from Europe and the US, and with professional organizations including the World Dental Federation (FDI) and the American Dental Association. Her international reputation has resulted from substantial and continued involvement in oral health research, with leading roles in projects across the different funding streams of NIHR, the largest UK funder of applied health research. These roles include chief investigator, co-applicant (methodological lead), or invited independent expert steering committee member.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Methodological knowledge

  • Clinical trials 
  • Observational studies
  • Evidence synthesis including indirect treatment comparisons, network meta-analysis and synthesis of diagnostic test accuracy studies


MSc (Distinction) LSHTM, University of London

PhD University of Manchester

MSc University of Manchester

BA (Hons) University of Liverpool




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Adjunct Professor, New York University, College of Dentistry

1 Oct 2016 → …

Areas of expertise

  • RK Dentistry


  • Evidence Synthesis
  • Clinical Trials
  • Oral Health


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