Susanne Hempel

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Behavioral Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in psychology, University of Halle-Wittenberg


Susanne Hempel is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is the Co-Director of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (SCEPC) working on systematic reviews for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP). Prior to joining RAND, Hempel worked at the Center for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) in the United Kingdom. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Recent Projects

  • Associations between trial quality and effect sizes
  • Safety of Probiotics
  • VA Literature Reviews
  • Clinical-Research Partnerships
  • Patient Aligned Care Team Evidence Reviews

Selected Publications

Hempel S, Newberry S, Wang Z, Booth M, Shanman R, Johnsen B, Shier V, Saliba D, Spector WD & Ganz DA, "Hospital fall prevention: A systematic review of implementation, components, adherence, and effectiveness," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 6(14):483-94, 2013

Hempel S, Miles JN, Booth MJ, Wang Z, Morton SC, Shekelle PG, "Risk of bias: a simulation study of power to detect study-level moderator effects in meta-analysis," Systematic Reviews, 28(2):107, 2013

Hempel S, Newberry S, Maher A, Wang Z, Miles J, Shanman R, Johnsen B & Shekelle P., "Probiotics for the prevention and treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea: A systematic review and meta-analysis," JAMA, 307(18):1959-1969, 2012

Hempel S, Rubenstein L, Shaman R, Foy R, Danz M, Golder S & Shekelle P, "Identifying quality improvement intervention publications - A comparison of electronic search strategies," Implementation Science, 6:85, 2011

Susanne Hempel, David A. Ganz, Megan Clifford, Sydne Newberry, Yee-Wei Lim, Jody Larkin, Roberta M. Shanman, Samuel Wertheimer, Neil S. Wenger, Carol P. Roth, Paul G. Shekelle, Review of the Current Literature on Outcome Measures Applicable to the Medicare Population for Use in a Quality Improvement Program, RAND Working Paper (WR-806-CMS), 2011

Foy, R., Hempel, S., Rubenstein, L, Suttorp, M, Shanman, R., Seelig, M. & Shekelle, P., "Meta-analysis: effect of interactive communication between collaborating primary care physicians and specialists.," Annals of Internal Medicine, 152(4):247-58, 2010

Hempel S, Norman G, Golder S, Aguiar-Ibáñez R, Eastwood A., "Psychosocial interventions for non-professional carers of people with Parkinson's disease: a systematic scoping review.," J Adv Nurs, 64(3):214-28, 2008

Hempel S, Chambers D, Bagnall AM, Forbes C., "Risk factors for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: a systematic scoping review of multiple predictor studies.," Psychol Med., 38(7):915-26, 2008