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Ani Movsisyan, MPH, MSc, DPhil (PhD)

Postdoctoral Researcher


Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research
Pettenkofer School of Public Health, LMU Munich
Elisabeth-Winterhalter-Weg 6, 81377 Munich, Germany

Room: 006
Phone: +49 (0)89 / 218078178

Research Group: Evidence-Based Public Health

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My research interests include development, adaptation, implementation, and evaluation of complex population health interventions, complex systems thinking and practices of evidence in public health. My previous research projects have focused on enhancing the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology for complex public health interventions and development of guidance for adapting evidence-informed public health interventions for new contexts.

I hold a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the American University of Armenia, a Master of Science (MSc) and a DPhil (PhD) in Social Intervention from the University of Oxford (UK). I am a visiting assistant professor at the American University of Armenia, where I teach qualitative research methods. As a methodologist, I support the World Health Organization (WHO) in developing recommendations to inform public health decision-making.


  • COVID-19 evidence ecosystem: CEO-sys (Link)
  • Adapting evidence-informed population health interventions for new contexts (Link)
  • WHO guideline on parenting to prevent child maltreatment (Link)
  • WHO guideline on postnatal care for mothers and newborns
  • WHO project on retrieval, synthesis and assessment of evidence on complex health interventions (Link)


  • Visiting Assistant Professor at the American University of Armenia: Qualitative Research Methods module as part of Master of Public Health (Link)
  • Lecturer at the Center for International Health (CIH), LMU Munich: Qualitative Methods module for MSc and PhD students (Link)


Krishnaratne S, Pfadenhauer LM, Coenen M, Geffert K, Jung-Sievers C, Klinger C, Kratzer S, Littlecott H, Movsisyan A, Rabe JE, Rehfuess E, Sell K, Strahwald B, Stratil JM, Voss S, Wabnitz K, Burns J. Measures implemented in the school setting to contain the COVID‐19 pandemic: a rapid scoping review. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2020;12:CD013812.

Movsisyan A, Rehfuess E, Norris SL. When complexity matters: a step-by-step guide to incorporating a complexity perspective in guideline development for public health and health system interventions. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2020;20:245.

Evans RE, Moore G, Movsisyan A, et al. How can we adapt complex population health interventions for new contexts? Progressing debates and research priorities. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 2020;0:1–6.

Burns J, Movsisyan A, Stratil JM, Coenen M, Emmert-Fees KMF, Geffert K, Hoffmann S, Horstick O, Laxy M, Pfadenhauer LM, Philipsborn P, Sell K, Voss S, Rehfuess E. Travel-related control measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic: a rapid review. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2020;9:CD013717.

Movsisyan A, Arnold L, Evans R, Hallingberg G, Moore G, O’Cathain A, Pfadenhauer LM, Segrott J, Rehfuess E.
Adapting evidence-informed complex population health interventions to new contexts: a systematic review
of guidance. Implementation Science. 2019;14:105.

Montgomery P, Movsisyan A, Grant P, Macdonald G, Rehfuess E. Considerations of complexity in rating
certainty of evidence in systematic reviews: a primer on using the GRADE approach in global health. BMJ
Global Health. 2019; 4:e000848.

Movsisyan A, Dennis J, Rehfuess E, Grant S, Montgomery P. Rating the quality of a body of evidence on the
effectiveness of health and social interventions: A systematic review and mapping of evidence domains.
Research Synthesis Methods. 2018;9(2):224-242.

Steinert JI, Zenker J, Filipiak U, Movsisyan A, Cluver LD, Shenderovich Y. Do saving promotion interventions
increase household savings, consumption, and investments in Sub-Saharan Africa? A systematic review and
meta-analysis. World Development. 2018;104:238-256.

Movsisyan A, Melendez-Torres GJ, Montgomery P. Users identified challenges in applying GRADE to complex
interventions and suggested an extension to GRADE. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2016;70:191-9.

Movsisyan A, Demirchyan A, Khachadourian V, Armenian HK, Diener-West M, Goenjian A. Diagnostic accuracy and
operating characteristics of the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist in the Post-earthquake Population in Armenia. Journal of Traumatic Stress Disorders & Treatment. 2016;5:1.

All publications on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.