Susanne Hempel

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Codirector, Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center; Senior Behavioral Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


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


Susanne Hempel is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She is the codirector of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) leading contracts for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and holds a 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 healthcare research and methodological projects aiming to improve evidence syntheses. Hempel teaches systematic review methodology and applied psychometrics. Prior to joining RAND, Hempel 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

Selected Publications

Hempel S, Shekelle P, Liu J, Sherwood Danz M, Foy R, Lim YW, Motala A & Rubenstein L, "Development of the Quality Improvement Minimum Quality Criteria Set (QI-MQCS): a tool for critical appraisal of quality improvement intervention publications," BMJ Quality and Safety, 24(12), 2015

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