Sally Yacoub


Sally Yaacoub, BS Pharm, PhD

I am a post-doctoral researcher on the CRESS – METHODS team. I am a registered pharmacist with training in public health, including a master’s in public health and a PhD in public health with specialization in epidemiology.

I have worked as a methodologist on guideline development and adaptation projects, as a coordinator of literature review teams, and as an operational epidemiologist in conflict-affected settings.

My current scientific work focuses on meta-research (i.e., research on research), specifically research methodology.

Research interests

  • Research methodology

  • Development and methodology of clinical practice guidelines

  • Operational research in the humanitarian field

Key publications

  • Yaacoub S, Schünemann HJ, Khabsa J the COVID-19 Systematic Urgent Reviews Group Effort (SURGE) group, et al. Safe management of bodies of deceased persons with suspected or confirmed COVID-19: a rapid systematic review. BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e002650. [Paper]

  • Fraenkel, L., Bathon, J. M., England, B. R., St Clair, E. W., Arayssi, T., Carandang, K., Deane, K. D., Genovese, M., Huston, K. K., Kerr, G., Kremer, J., Nakamura, M. C., Russell, L. A., Singh, J. A., Smith, B. J., Sparks, J. A., Venkatachalam, S., Weinblatt, M. E., Al-Gibbawi, M., Baker, J. F., … Yaacoub, S., Akl, E. A. (2021). 2021 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis care & research, 73(7), 924–939.   [Paper]

  • Chu, D. K., Akl, E. A., Duda, S., Solo, K., Yaacoub, S., Schünemann, H. J., & COVID-19 Systematic Urgent Review Group Effort (SURGE) study authors (2020). Physical distancing, face masks, and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet (London, England), 395(10242), 1973–1987. [Paper]