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My name is Amy Johnston (she/her). I am a PhD candidate in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Ottawa, working out of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). I hold a Master of Science with a specialization in Health Services Research and a Master of Biomedical Technology, both from the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada). In 2018, I became professionally certified in public health (National Board of Public Health Examiners, Washington, DC, United States). I am passionate about women's cardiovascular health, epidemiologic methods, health advocacy, as well as equity, diversity, and inclusion. My doctoral research focuses on women’s cardiovascular health, specifically, long term cardiovascular risk associated with a history of high blood pressure disorders of pregnancy.
I created womensCVresearch.com because I'm passionate about women's cardiovascular health and research and wanted a space of my own- a publicly accessible platform- where I can share research on this important topic.
Johnston A. The COVID-19 vaccine evidence gap: Decisions without data for pregnant and breastfeeding women. UOJM. Published online August 26, 2021;11(S1).
Recently Published Peer-Reviewed Manuscripts
Parry M, Visintini S, Johnston A, Colella TJ, Kapur D, Liblik K, Gomes Z, Dancey S, Liu S, Goodenough C, Hay JL, Noble M, Adreak N, Robert H, Tang N, O'Hara A, Wong A, Mullen KA. Peer-support interventions for women with cardiovascular disease: protocol for synthesising the literature using an evidence map. BMJ Open. 2022 Oct 5;12(10):e067812.
Zheng, H, Sigal, RJ, Coyle, D, Bai, A, Johnston, A, Elliott, J, Hsieh, S, Kelly, S, Toupin-April, K, Wells, GA. Comparative efficacy and safety of antihyperglycemic classes for patients with type 2 diabetes following failure with metformin monotherapy: an updated systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2022; e3515.
Johnston, A, Tseung, V, Dancey, SR, Visintini, SM, Coutinho, T, Edwards, JD. Use of race, ethnicity, and national origin in studies assessing cardiovascular risk in women with a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. CJC Open, 2021; 3(12): S102-S117.
Elliott, J, Johnston, A, Husereau, D, Kelly, SE, Eagles, E, Charach, A, Hsieh, S, Bai, Z, Hossain, A, Skidmore, B, Tsakonas, E, Chojecki, D, Mamdani, M, Wells, GA. Pharmacologic treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. PLOS ONE 2020; 15(10): e0240584.
Etowa, J, Johnston, A, Jama, Z, Eccles, K, Ashton, A. Mixed-methods Evaluation of a Community Based Postpartum Support Program: A Study Protocol. BMJ Open 2020;10: e036749.
Etherington, N, Deng, M, Boet, S, Johnston, A, Mansour, F, Said, H, Zheng, K, Sun, LY. The impact of physician sex/gender on processes of care, and clinical outcomes in cardiac operative care: A systematic review. BMJ Open 2020;10: e037139.
Johnston, A, Mesana, TG, Lee, DS, Bader Eddeen, A, Sun, LY. Sex Differences in Long-Term Survival A fter Major Cardiac Surgery: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Journal of the American Heart Association 2019; 8(17): 8:e013260.
Johnston, A, Smith, C, Zheng, C, Aaron, S, Kelly, SE, Skidmore, B, Wells, GA. Influence of prolonged treatment with omalizumab on the development of solid epithelial cancer in patients with atopic asthma and chronic idiopathic urticaria: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical & Experimental Allergy.
Johnston, A, Kelly, S, Skidmore, B, Hsieh, S, Wells, GA. Systematic reviews of clinical practice guidelines: A methodological guide. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2019; 108: 64-76.
Johnston A, Hsieh SC, Carrier M, Kelly, SE, Bai, Z, Skidmore, B, Wells, GA. A systematic review of clinical practice guidelines on the use of low molecular weight heparin and fondaparinux for the treatment and prevention of venous thromboembolism: Implications for research and policy decision-making. PLoS One. 2018;13(11): e0207410. 2018 Nov 9.
Johnston, A, Natarajan, S, Hayes, M, MacDonald, E, Shorr, R. Accelerated induction regimens of TNF-alpha inhibitors in patients with inflammatory bowel disease: A scoping review protocol. BMJ Open 2018;8: e019909.
CuRRENT Research PROJECTS
Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy and Long-term Cardiovascular Disease Risk
My doctoral work involves the use of administrative healthcare data available through ICES (formerly known as Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) to investigate cardiovascular disease risk in women with a history of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
Mixed-methods Program Evaluation: Mothercraft Postpartum Support Program
A three-phased mixed-method programme evaluation of the Mothercraft Postpartum Support Program guided by the Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance (RE-AIM) evaluation framework and the tenets of community-based participatory research.
Primary Investigator: Dr. Josephine Etowa | Co-Primary Investigator: Alisha Ashton
Co-Investigators: Amy Johnston, Zahra Jama, Dr. Kristin Eccles, Dr. Lovelyn Ubangha, Genevieve Chabot