Marcela Vélez

Senior Scientific Lead, Innovative Evidence Products and Spanish Outreach

Marcela Vélez has research experience in both quantitative and qualitative studies, principally in different types of evidence synthesis, such as systematic reviews, meta-analysis, qualitative evidence synthesis, rapid syntheses, and evidence briefs. After completing her medical degree at the Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira in Colombia, she earned a master’s degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Antioquia, and a PhD in Health Policy at McMaster University. Marcela recently finished a postdoctoral fellowship in McMaster University focused on priority setting during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Marcela's research interests focus on supporting and strengthening evidence-informed policymaking in Latin American countries, using policy analysis and different research methods applied to knowledge translation.

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