Dr. Nadia Bennett


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Nadia Bennett is a Lecturer in epidemiology, an Internal medicine physician and one of the co-director for the Cochrane Caribbean geographic group. She joined the Caribbean Institute for Health Research- Epidemiology Research Unit in 2012.

She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona and has undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Medicine and a post graduate degree in Internal Medicine. She was a Wellcome Trust Master’s in Public Health and Tropical Medicine Fellow and completed a Master’s degree in epidemiology and is a Bernard Lown Scholars in Cardiovascular Health.

Dr Bennett is an epidemiologist and teacher and. She aims to through 1) research is to improve health of those with the chronic non communicable diseases (NCDs) and 2) teaching contribute to building the research capacity in the Caribbean. Dr Bennett believes that an evidence-based approach is necessary to find locally relevant solutions to the common problems in health and later translate research and devise and implemented.

Dr Bennett was an investigator on several studies that include the 1986, Jamaica Birth Cohort Study, and the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey 3. She is a member of the Ministry of Health and Wellness Essential National Research Committee.

Research & Teaching Interests

Cardiovascular disease epidemiology with particular interest on how the social environment, social systems and team-based strategies may be used to improve in and hypertension control and other health outcomes.

Vascular function (dysfunction) as in intermediary marker to predict cardiovascular disease with special interest in the role inflammatory biomarkers may play.

Systematic review methodology an important tool in summarising the health literature

Training Programmes

Programme Coordinator for the MSc Epidemiology Programme

Course Coordinator for Fundamentals of Epidemiology in Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research and Epidemiology

Lecturer in the Master of Science Nutrition, Master of Public Health, Doctor of Public Health Programmes

Selected Publications

McKenzie JA, Younger NO, Tulloch-Reid MK, Govia I, Bennett NR, McFarlane S, et al. Ideal cardiovascular health in urban Jamaica: prevalence estimates and relationship to community property value, household assets and educational attainment: a cross-sectional study. BMJ open. 2020;10(12):e040664. PMID: 33323436.

Bennett NR, Tulloch-Reid MT, Govia IO, Hambleton I, McKoy-Johnson F, Ferguson TS, Williams A, et al Investigating the relationship between physical activity and social and community networks and social networking platforms/technologies in the Caribbean and Africa: a mixed methods review.: PROSPERO 2020; 2020 [Available from: https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?ID=CRD42020187503

Bidulescu A, Francis DK, Ferguson TS, Bennett NR, Hennis AJ, Wilks R, et al. Disparities in hypertension among black Caribbean populations: a scoping review by the U.S. Caribbean Alliance for Health Disparities Research Group (USCAHDR). Int J Equity Health, 2015. 14: p. 125. PMID: 26541199

Bennett NR, Cumberbatch C, Francis DK: There are challenges in conducting systematic reviews in developing countries: the Jamaican experience. J Clin Epidemiol 2015 68(9): 1095. PMID: 25797838


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