Evan Mayo-Wilson, DPhil, MPA

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Department of Epidemiology UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
McGavran-Greenberg Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Evan Mayo-Wilson, DPhil, MPA, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has expertise in intervention design and evaluation, and the translation of clinical evidence into policy and practice.

Dr. Mayo-Wilson’s research aims to improve public health and to advance methods for conducting health and behavioral research. He focuses on (1) evaluating the effectiveness of pharmacological and behavioral interventions; (2) improving methods for clinical trials and systematic reviews; and (3) developing methods and interventions to increase research transparency and openness.

Honors and Awards

Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award
2019, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Clarendon Scholar
2006-2011, University of Oxford

Fels Scholar
2004-2006, University of Pennsylvania

Teaching Interests

Dr. Mayo-Wilson has taught masters and doctoral students for over a decade, and he welcomes applications from prospective doctoral students with shared interests.

Research Activities

Principal Investigator (with Halil Kilicoglu), NLM, R01LM014079, Computational Methods, Resources, and Tools to Assess Transparency and Rigor of Randomized Clinical Trials

Principal investigator, Arnold Ventures, Misreported information about harms in trials of gabapentin for neuropathic pain

Co-investigator, PCORI, Peer Review Management Services (Peer Review of PCORI's Funded Research)

Principal investigator, Arnold Ventures, Increasing take-up of TOP by Social intervention Research Journals

Principal investigator, Laura and John Arnold Foundation, TRUST in Evaluations of Social Interventions: Developing Standards for Federal Clearinghouses

Co-investigator, PCORI, ME-1303-5785, Integrating Multiple Data Sources for Meta-analysis to Improve Patient-centered Outcomes

Service Activities

Evan Mayo-Wilson is co-Scientific Director for peer review of PCORI Research Reports (contracted by Origin Editorial) and Associate Editor for Systematic Reviews for the American Journal of Public Health. He serves on the American Psychological Association Open Science and Methodology Expert Panel and on the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines Advisory Panel. He has co-authored multiple guidelines for reporting clinical trials and systematic reviews, and he currently serve on the PRISMA Executive. Dr. Mayo-Wilson previously served on the American Psychological Association (APA) Advisory Steering Committee for Development of Clinical Practice Guidelines, and he co-authored three National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE, UK) guidelines for the identification and treatment of mental health problems. From 2020 to 2021, he served on two NASEM committees that reviewed a clinical trial and an economic analysis conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs. He previously served as a member of the NIH Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) working group to improve NIH policies and procedures for reporting the methods and results of clinical trials of behavioral interventions and as a member of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) working group to develop standards for comparator selection in trials of behavioral and social interventions.

Key Publications

Clearinghouse standards of evidence on the transparency, openness, and reproducibility of intervention evaluations.  Mayo-Wilson E, Grant SP, Supplee L (2022). Prevention Science.

Harms are assessed inconsistently and reported inadequately Part 2: Non-systematic adverse events. Mayo-Wilson E, Fusco N, Li T, Hong H, Canner JK, Dickersin K (2019).  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

Cherry-picking by trialists and meta-analysts can drive conclusions about intervention efficacy. . Mayo-Wilson E, Li T, Fusco N, Bertizzolo L, Canner JK, Cowley T, Doshi P, Ehmsen J, Gresham G, Guo N, Haythornthwaite JA, Heyward H, Hong H, Lock D*, Payne JL, Rosman L, Stuart EA, Suarez-Cuervo C, Tolbert E, Twose C, Vedula S, Dickersin K (2017). Journal of Clinical Epidemiology..

Psychological and pharmacological interventions for social anxiety disorder in adults: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. Mayo-Wilson E, Dias S, Mavranezouli I, Kew K, Clark DM, Ades T, Pilling S (2015). Lancet Psychiatry.

Vitamin A supplements for preventing mortality, illness and blindness in children under 5: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Mayo-Wilson E, Imdad A, Herzer K, Yakoob MY, Bhutta ZA (2011). BMJ.


  • DPhil, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, 2011
  • MPA, Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania, , 2006
  • MSC, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford,, 2004
  • BA, Psychology Major and Concentration Political science, Columbia University, 2003