Susanne Hempel

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Director, Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center; Affiliated Adjunct
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Ph.D. in psychology, University of Halle-Wittenberg


Susanne Hempel is an affiliated adjunct at the RAND Corporation. She is the director of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC), leading contracts for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE), and other federal agencies, and she holds an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) to provide the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) with evidence maps, topic briefs, and topic refinement. She carries out systematic reviews in health care research and methodological projects aiming to improve evidence syntheses. She teaches systematic review methodology and applied psychometrics. Prior to joining RAND, she worked at the Center for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), University of York, in the United Kingdom. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Professor of Research Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California; Faculty Member Gehr Center for Health Systems Science

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), 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), 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), 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, 2011

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), 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), 2008

Hempel S, Maggard-Gibbons M, Nguyen D, Dawes A, Miake-Lye I, Beroes J, Booth M, Miles J, Shanman R, Shekelle P, "Surgical Never Events: A Systematic Review of Wrong-Site Surgery, Retained Surgical Items, and Surgical Fires," JAMA Surgery, 150(8), 2015


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