Sydne Newberry

Communications Analyst; Medical Editor for the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Sydne Jennifer Newberry is a communications analyst at the RAND Corporation, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and the medical editor for the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center (SCEPC). Newberry has served as a literature reviewer and project lead for SCEPC evidence reviews on topics related to nutrition, endocrinology, integrative medicine, and military health, among others. Prior to joining RAND, she was the project officer for the Committee on Military Nutrition at the Institute of Medicine's Food and Nutrition Board at the National Academy of Sciences. She has held academic and research positions at the Ohio State University, Wright State University School of Medicine, and the University of California, Los Angeles. She also has practiced clinical nutrition, principally in weight management. Newberry earned her Ph.D. in nutritional biochemistry and metabolism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Recent Projects

  • Systematic Review on the Diagnosis and Management of Gout
  • Systematic Review on the Use of Hyaluronic Acid to Treat Degenerative Joint Disease of the Knee
  • Systematic Review on the Diagnosis of Celiac Disease
  • Systematic Review on Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee
  • Systematic Review on the Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on Maternal and Child Health

Selected Publications

Sydne Newberry, Susanne Hempel, Marika Booth, Brett Ewing, Alicia Ruelaz Maher, Claire E. O'Hanlon, Jennifer Sloan, Christine Anne Vaughan, Whitney Dudley, Roberta M. Shanman, Melony E. Sorbero, Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Major Depressive Disorder A Systematic Review, RAND (RR-1079-OSD), 2015

Robinson KA, Chou R, Berkman ND, Newberry SJ, Fu R, Hartling L, Dryden D, Butler M, Foisy M, Anderson J, Motu'apuaka M, Relevo R, Guise JM, Chang S, "Twelve recommendations for integrating existing systematic reviews into new reviews: EPC guidance," Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, (August 7), 2015

Crandall CJ, Newberry SJ, Diamant A, Lim YW, Gellad WF, Booth MJ, Motala A, Shekelle PG, "Comparative effectiveness of pharmacologic treatments to prevent fractures: an updated systematic review," Annals of Internal Medicine, 161(10):711-23, 2014

Maglione MA, Das L, Raaen L, Smith A, Chari R, Newberry S, Shanman R, Perry T, Goetz MB, Gidengil C, "Safety of vaccines used for routine immunization of US children: a systematic review.," Pediatrics, 134(2):325-37, 2014

Ahmadzai N, Newberry SJ, Maglione MA, Tsertsvadze A, Ansari MT, Hempel S, Motala A, Tsouros S, Schneider Chafen JJ, Shanman R, Moher D, Shekelle PG, "A surveillance system to assess the need for updating systematic reviews," Systematic Reviews, (November 1), 2013

Hempel S, Newberry SJ, Maher AR, Wang Z, Miles JN, Shanman R, Johnsen B, Shekelle PG, "Probiotics for the prevention and treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea: a systematic review and meta-analysis," JAMA, 307(18):1959-69, 2012