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Date: 20th November 2019
Time: 09:00-17:30
Venue: Main Building. Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neurosciences (IoPPN), King's College London. View Map.


Course Aim
This course is designed to introduce students to the statistical techniques used in meta-analysis, the synthesis of data from different studies. It will enable participants to utilize these techniques in their own meta-analyses and facilitate the interpretation and critique of existing meta-analyses. Practical examples will be drawn from the mental health field.
Students should have a basic understanding of applied statistics (e.g. confidence intervals, t-tests), experimental design and the statistical software STATA (such as can be gained from the BHI Introduction to Programming course running in October). Some understanding of random effects would be useful (such as can be gained from the BHI Introduction to statistical modelling course running in January) but will be revised within the course.
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course it is intended that students will be able to:

  • Calculate the statistical tests to run a meta-analysis under different settings and assumptions;
  • Know how to run a variety of common meta-analyses; for single-group means, two-sample mean differences (independent and dependent), two-group binary outcomes and correlation coefficients;
  • Understand and be able to explain the difference between fixed-effects and random-effects meta-analyses and choose which is appropriate in relevant contextPerform a meta-analysis when outcome metrics differ across studies;
  • Assess heterogeneity across studies;
  • Understand and calculate the following statistics data: Cohen’s d, Hedges g, risk ratio, odds ratio, risk difference, Fisher’s z, T-squared, Q, I-squared;
  • Use a funnel plot to assess publication bias.

Cost and Booking

  • External Early Bird: £225.50 (till 15/10/19, price thereafter £250)
  • KCL Staff Early Bird: £168.75 (till 15/10/19, price thereafter £187.50)
  • KCL Student Early Bird: £112.50 (till 15/10/19, price thereafter £125)
  • King's Health Partners Early Bird: £168.75 (till 15/10/19, price thereafter £187.50)
  • Other student Early Bird: £168.75 (till 15/10/19, price thereafter £187.50)

That is, 50% discount to King's College London PhD students, 25% discount to other students and staff at King's College London and King's Health Partners.


Booking for this course is open.

For more information and details on how to register, please visit:

A 10% early bird discount will be available until 15th October 2019 and booking will close on 13th November 2019

Course Team

Dr John Hodsoll (Academic Lead)

JohnHodsollJohn is a statistician funded by the BRC with an interest in applying statistical techniques to mechanistic questions in clinical and experimental psychology psychiatry.

After an undergraduate degree in Physics and Philosophy (Nottingham) he trained in Experimental Psychology (PhD, Birmingham) and Medical Statistics (MSc, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).

He has been employed at the IoPPN since 2012 and worked on clinical trials of therapy and stroke medicine, observational studies, systematic reviews and reproducibility. He is currently affiliated jointly to the Department of Biostatistics and Centre for Affective Studies.

Research profile

See John's research profile here.


Your place will not be confirmed until payment has been made. Failure to cancel without sufficient notice will forfeit your course fee and access to future courses. If you would like to pay by internal transfer, please contact

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