Dr Stephen McCall

Dr Stephen McCall
Dr Stephen McCall
Dr Stephen McCall

BSc MSc DPhil

Honorary Senior Research Fellow



Stephen holds an honorary position at the University of Aberdeen. He also is a full-time Assistant Professor in Public Health Practice at the Center for Research on Population and Health, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Stephen's main research focus includes topics within global health and maternal health. Recently, he has a growing interest in the overlap between women's health and non-communicable diseases. 

Stephen provides a connection between conflict impacted countries in the Arab region and the University of Aberdeen – his research is concerned with the health and well being of some of the most vulnerable women in the world.

Stephen gained his DPhil (PhD) in Population Health from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU), Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. His research focused on severe and rare complications of pregnancy using international surveillance systems.  Stephen also holds an MSc in Global Health Science from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Geography with First-class Honours from the University of Aberdeen.

During his BSc degree programme, he became an intern at the Epidemiology Group, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen. After graduation, he was employed as a research assistant for the epidemiology group, under the supervision of Dr Sohinee Bhattacharya. During this time he commenced work on projects led by Professor Phyo Myint at the Aberdeen Gerontological and Epidemiological INter-disciplinary Research Group, Epidemiology Group, University of Aberdeen.



  • DPhil Population Health 
    2019 - University of Oxford 
  • MSc Global Health Science 
    2015 - University of Oxford 
  • BSc Geography 
    2013 - University of Aberdeen 

Latest Publications

  • Obstetric and haematological management and outcomes of women with placenta acreta spectrum by planned or urgent delivery: secondary data analysis of a public referral hospital in Lebanon

    McCall, S. J., Mansour, S., Khazaal, J., Kayem, G., DeJong, J., Chahine, R.
    PloS ONE
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Randomised trials conducted using cohorts: a scoping review

    Nickolls, B. J., Relton, C., Hemkens, L., Zwarenstein, M., Eldridge, S., McCall, S. J., Griffin, X. L., Sohanpal, R., Verkooijen, H. M., Maguire, J. L., McCord, K. A.
    BMJ Open, vol. 14, no. 3, e075601
    Contributions to Journals: Review articles
  • Predicting intention to vaccinate against COVID-19 in older Syrian refugees in Lebanon: findings from a multi-wave study

    McCall, S. J.
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Maternal mortality is preventable in Lebanon: A case series of maternal deaths to identify lessons learned using the “Three Delays” model

    Rebeiz, M., El-Kak, F., van den Akker, T., Hamadeh, R., McCall, S. J.
    International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, vol. 162, no. 3, pp. 922-930
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The determinants of sustained adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures among older Syrian refugees in Lebanon

    Salti, N., McCall, S. J., Abi Zeid, B., El Salibi, N., Alawieh, M., Ramadan, Z., Ghattas, H., Abdulrahim, S.
    PloS ONE, vol. 18, no. 6, e0268851
    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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Prizes and Awards

Hulme Scholar, Brasenose College, University of Oxford

Highest ranked poster at the Annual Scientific Meeting for the Society for Social Medicine and Population Health, Liverpool, 2021


Research Overview

Stephen's main research focus includes topics within global health and reproductive and maternal health. Recently, he has a growing interest in the overlap between women's health and non-communicable diseases. In the Arab region, Stephen has been involved in a variety of studies including humanitarian response and health of refugees, maternal mortality and morbidity, and quality of maternity care.

Research Areas

Applied Health Sciences


Nutrition and Health

Research Specialisms

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Epidemiology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Past Research

Postdoctoral research associate, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford. 

Line manager: Prof Ed Juszczak and Dr Chris Gale (Imperial College London). 

Project: Using electronic health records and registries for clinical trials - creating of a CONSORT extension. 


DPhil in Population Health, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, October 2015-2018: Awarded the Medical Sciences Graduate School Studentship.

Supervisors: Professor Marian Knight and Professor Jennifer Kurinczuk.

Title: Improving the prevention and outcomes of severe complications of pregnancy through international comparative and collaborative studies.

Funding and Grants


Teaching Responsibilities


Stephen supervises students in quantitative data analysis projects and systematic reviews. Stephen has supervised students from a variety of disciplines, which have included medical students and students reading for Master's or Bachelor's degrees. A number of these students have published their work in peer-reviewed journals.

I welcome postgraduate student applications that will address relevant women health issues in MENA or global health settings. 


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