Brady T. West
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Brady T. West is a Research Professor in the Survey Methodology Program, located within the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (U-M) campus. He earned his PhD from the Michigan Program in Survey and Data Science in 2011. Before that, he received an MA in Applied Statistics from the U-M Statistics Department in 2002, being recognized as an Outstanding First-year Applied Masters student, and a BS in Statistics with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction from the U-M Statistics Department in 2001. His current research interests include the implications of measurement error in auxiliary variables and survey paradata for survey estimation, selection bias in surveys, responsive/adaptive survey design, interviewer effects, and multilevel regression models for clustered and longitudinal data. The author of eight books and more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in survey methodology, applied statistics, and public health, he is the lead author of a book comparing different statistical software packages in terms of their mixed-effects modeling procedures (Linear Mixed Models: A Practical Guide using Statistical Software, Third Edition, Chapman Hall/CRC Press, 2022), and he is a co-author of a second book entitled Applied Survey Data Analysis (with Steven Heeringa and Pat Berglund), the second edition of which was published by CRC Press in June 2017. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2022. Brady lives in Dexter, MI with his wife Laura, his son Carter, and his daughter Everleigh.
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Marco Angrisani (Ph.D., Economics), is a Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California. His primary research fields are financial economics, labor economics, economics of aging, and retirement preparedness. Some of his current projects focus on analyzing household consumption, saving and investment behavior through both survey and transactional data, as well as on the role of cognitive ability and financial literacy in shaping financial decision making. His work also examines how job demands and the work environment influence retirement decisions. Angrisani’s research agenda features different aspects of survey methodology, from sampling and weighting techniques to measurement properties of questions eliciting household income, wealth, and expenditure. Angrisani is a team member of the Understanding America Study and the Gateway to Global Aging Data Repository.
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Samer Atshan is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research focuses on understanding social and psychiatric epidemiological outcomes relating to mental health, behavioral health, well-being, loneliness, and social isolation. His most recent work uses survey panels to understand changes in perceptions, behaviors, and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dr. Frances Barlas is a Senior Vice President and Head of KnowledgePanel Statistics at Ipsos. She leads research on research to help improve the statistical integrity and operational efficiency of the KnowledgePanel as well as the quality of online research studies conducted on the panel. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Temple University.
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Professor Nicholas Biddle is Associate Director of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods and head of the methods and survey program in the centre. He has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Education from Monash University. He also has a PhD in Public Policy from the ANU where he wrote his thesis on the benefits of and participation in education of Indigenous Australians.
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Ipek Bilgen, is a Principal Research Methodologist at NORC at the University of Chicago. Bilgen serves as Deputy Director of NORC’s new Center for Panel Survey Sciences. Additionally, she oversees AmeriSpeak’s methodological research. She has received both her Ph.D. and M.S. from the Survey Research and Methodology (SRAM) Program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Bilgen has published and co-authored articles in Journal of Official Statistics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Survey Practice, Social Currents, Social Science Computer Review, Field Methods, Journal of Quantitative Methods, SAGE Research Methods, and Quality and Quantity on issues related to interviewing methodology, web surveys, internet sampling and recruitment approaches, cognition and communication, and measurement error in surveys. Her current research investigates panel recruitment and retention, total survey error sources in probability-based online panels, the use of web and emerging technologies in surveys, questionnaire development and design, cognitive testing, and survey implementation issues. Bilgen is currently serving as Associate Editor of Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ).
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Luisa Blanco is a Professor at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. She is a development economist and currently leads community-based participatory research projects focused on fostering economic inclusion. She leverages digital communications technology and tools to improve access to information and promote behavioral change among minorities to improve their financial wellbeing and health outcomes. She currently serves on the board directors of the Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elders at UCLA. She was a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Interdisciplinary Research Leadership program and a visiting scholar of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She was also a senior visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oklahoma.
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Stephen Blumberg is the Director of the Division of Health Interview Statistics at NCHS, a position he has held since 2017. This Division—a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—collects, processes, analyzes, and distributes household survey data from the National Health Interview Survey. These data are used widely to monitor trends in illness, disability, health insurance coverage, health care access, health care service use, and health behaviors. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Blumberg was senior scientist and lead statistician for the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs and the National Survey of Children’s Health. Dr. Blumberg has a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Alexandra Brown Breslin
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Alex is a PhD Candidate with the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM), University of Maryland College Park. Her academic work focuses on errors of nonrepresentation primarily with respect to smartphone based passive data collections. Alex currently serves as a Social Science Research Analyst at the Department of State, implementing nationally representative surveys across 100+ countries. Prior to joining JPSM, Alex worked for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors as a survey project manager.
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Katherine Carman is a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation, Director of RAND’s Center for Financial and Economic Decision Making, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research focuses on behavioral economics, health economics, and public economics. Katherine is particularly interested in how individuals’ beliefs, perceptions, and decisionmaking processes affect their choices. Currently she is studying health insurance decisions and retirement decisions. She is also interested in the effects of peer behavior and characteristics on individual choices. Previously, Katherine was an assistant professor at Tilburg University and affiliated with CentER and Netspar. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University. She received a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
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As a senior associate in the Policy and Research Team, Dr. Celik has been part of key research initiatives at Financial Health Network, such as U.S. Financial Health Pulse and Chicago Financial Health Pulse studies. He has published a number of research on understanding the financial challenges households face using survey and adminstrative data. He has also partnered with financial institutions to evaluate the impact of different behavioral interventions on people's financial health.
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Ritika Chaturvedi, a Biomedical Engineer, has a diverse background in engineering methods, science and technology policy, and biomedical research. Her research portfolio at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics involves societal implications of emerging disruptive bio/medical technologies (e.g., Precision Medicine, AI, wearable devices), with a special focus on minority health and disparities. Through her training and work experience, she has gained a unique understanding of the full lifecycle of medical technologies—from basic research and development, to clinical translation, pricing and market penetration, reimbursement, and public policy implications. Ritika earned a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Hunter Childs
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Jennifer Hunter Childs is a Senior Behavioral Scientist in the Center for Behavioral Science Methods at the U.S. Census Bureau. Throughout her two decades at the Census Bureau, Jenny has lead questionnaire development, experimental testing, public opinion work on trust in the federal statistical system and is currently one of the senior methodologists for the Census Bureau’s High Frequency Rapid Response program. Jenny has a Master of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Shepherd College.
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Dr Joke Depraetere graduated as a Criminologist (2015) and Sexologist (2017) and followed the Master of Statistics in Quantitative Analysis in the Social Sciences and a PhD in Criminology in 2022. Joke has extensive knowledge of representative sampling, piloting, complex statistical data analysis methods and the development of high-quality databases. During her career, she has published in a number of peer-reviewed international journals and has regularly presented at various international conferences. Joke is currently working as a Senior Research Expert at the Ipsos EU Research Methods Centre where she supports the development of the European KnowledgePanel.
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Jules Dupuy is currently a visiting pre-doctoral scholar at the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California. Studying at the Human and Social Sciences Department, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, he specialized in economics and graduated in health economics at the University Paris-Est Créteil in 2022. Working on perceptions and individual preferences, his current research interests focus on self-assessed health degradation during the COVID-19 pandemics and long-term care insurance take-up decisions.
Mansour Fahimi, Ph.D.
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Mansour Fahimi, Ph.D. Executive Vice President & Chief Data Scientist Marketing Systems Group For over 30 years, Dr. Mansour Fahimi has been providing statistical expertise and hands-on support for projects from design to delivery, investigating innovative refinements for market and survey research methods, and mentoring staff. Mansour works on design and administration of complex surveys, as well as data enhancement methods, process optimization procedures, and program evaluation tasks. He has extensive experience with advanced data analysis techniques, particularly multivariate procedures for analysis of weighted data from complex surveys. In recent years Dr. Fahimi’s work and research have focused on improving the inferential possibilities of survey data from compromised samples.
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As founder of EKOS Research Associates Inc., Frank Graves is one of the country’s leading applied social researchers, directing some of the largest and most challenging social research assignments conducted in Canada. For more than three decades, the firm has held a reputation for creative and rigorous research in the areas of public policy, social policy, and program evaluation, and as a leader in innovative survey techniques and methodology.
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Yulei He is currently a mathematical statistician in Division of Research and Methodology, National Center for Health Statistics at U.S. CDC. He has a Ph.D. in biostatistics from University of Michigan. His research interests include missing data and imputation analysis, applied Bayesian models, survey statistics and modeling, machine learning, and statistical applications to public health and medical research.
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Marcin Hitczenko is a statistician at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, after holding a similar position at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston since 2012. He currently works on various business and consumer surveys housed within the Economic Survey Research Center, most notably the Diary of Consumer Payment Choice. In addition, his research interests broadly relate to improving inference based on survey data. Marcin received a BA in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 2005 and completed his PhD in statistics in 2011 at the University of Chicago. His dissertation focused on environmental statistics.
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Kelly Hyde (Ph.D., Economics, University of Pittsburgh) is an associate economist at RAND. He has studied the environmental and behavioral determinants of health outcomes, including biased responses to group-disaggregated information about health risks, the distributional impacts of water pollution in the United States, and the influence of potable water availability on the heat-mortality curve in developing countries. More broadly, he is interested in the design and dissemination of information in various contexts, including healthcare; the health consequences of climate change, environmental hazards, and natural disasters; environmental justice; intra-household decision making; and social determinants of health.
Wilbert van der Klaauw
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Wilbert van der Klaauw is an economic research advisor in the Household and Public Policy Research Division and director of the Center for Microeconomic Data at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The center houses the Survey of Economic Expectations. Wilbert is a labor economist and applied econometrician whose research interests include the study of life cycle labor supply and occupational choice decisions, household financial behavior and expectations, educational investment and productivity, and econometric approaches to program evaluation. Prior to joining the New York Fed, Dr. van der Klaauw was a Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Assistant Professor at New York University. He holds a Ph.D. from Brown University.
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Winner of the lifetime career achievement award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Jon Krosnick is Frederick O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor of Communication, Political Science, and Psychology at Stanford University, Director of Stanford’s Political Psychology Research Group, and Research Psychologist at the U.S. Census Bureau. He has expertise in questionnaire design and survey research methodology, voting behavior and elections, and American public opinion. He has taught courses for professionals on survey methods for decades around the world and has served as a methodology consultant to government agencies, commercial firms, and academic scholars. He is a world-recognized expert on the psychology of attitudes, especially in the area of politics and has been co-principal investigator of the American National Election Study, the nation's preeminent academic research project exploring voter decision-making.
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Anna is a Research Director with the Social Research Centre and has over 20 years’ experience in the market and social research industry. In 2015-16, Anna was part of the team responsible for the development of Australia’s first and only probability-based panel, Life in Australia™. She managed the panel during its establishment and has since overseen the transition of a number of projects from traditional methods to the panel. Anna was the project director for the Australian Comparative Study of Survey Methods (ACSSM) in 2022-23.
Michelle S. Livings
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Michelle Livings is a PhD candidate in the Population, Health, & Place program at the University of Southern California. Her background is in public health, applied biostatistics, and adolescent and young adult health. As a research assistant on an NSF-funded multidisciplinary project at USC, she has used data from the Understanding America Study and the Understanding Coronavirus in America tracking survey to track food insecurity in Los Angeles County throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dr. Murillo received a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) from Claremont Graduate University. Her research interests involve exploring the intersectionality between social determinants of health and health disparities. Her long-term research goals are to develop policies that can address the social needs of minority populations within health systems. This includes developing a comprehensive understanding of how policies, protocols, and practices that exist in society perpetuate structural determinants in health systems. Intermediary determinants of health further explain how these structural mechanisms lead to adverse health outcomes and other challenges for minority populations. Dr. Murillo hopes to address the science-practice gap by targeting interventions that can be used to advance measures to protect, preserve, and promote the health and safety of minorities.
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Andrew M. Parker, Ph.D. is a Senior Behavioral Scientist in the RAND Pittsburgh office and Professor within the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research applies core concepts in behavioral decision research to the understanding of decision-making behavior in complex real-world situations. Dr. Parker has led projects using online panels to understand cognition and decision making across the age spectrum, vaccination and other health behavior, retirement and financial decision making, tax evasion, and susceptibility to misinformation. Dr. Parker PI on a project validating a measure of decision-making competence, which has predicted major life outcomes. Dr. Parker has led or contributed to work for the Department of Labor, Social Security Administration, National Science Foundation, multiple National Institutes of Health, Agency for Research on Healthcare Quality, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, among others. Dr. Parker received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in Behavioral Decision Theory, as well as an M.S. in Statistics.
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Angelica Phillips is a third year doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her primary research interests are within survey methodology, with a particular interest in interviewer effects within survey interviews and in mode and device effects within web surveys. She also examines effects of visual design and other self-administered questionnaire characteristics on data quality. When she’s not working on a research project, Angelica can be found baking various baked goods that she sees on the Great British Bake Off, crocheting another blanket that she doesn’t have the space to store, or riding her bike through the many bike trails in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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Paul Scanlon is a senior methodologist and behavioral scientist in the National Center for Health Statistic's Division of Research and Methodology. He is the PI for the Center's Research and Development Survey (RANDS) Program, and the lead methodologist for NCHS' new Rapid Surveys System. His research focuses on developing and refining mixed method question and survey evaluation approaches.
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Matthias Schonlau, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He won the Humboldt Prize and was elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association. His interests include applied survey research at the interface to statistical learning. His 80+ peer-reviewed papers have been cited more than 20,000 times.
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Dr. Schuh is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Chambers College of Business and Economics at WVU. His research and teaching focuses on macroeconomics, monetary economics, and household finance. Prior to arriving at WVU, Dr. Schuh worked 26 years as an economist for the Federal Reserve. At the Boston Fed, he was the founding Director of the Consumer Payments Research Center and primary developer of the Survey and Diary of Consumer Payment Choice. He has published dozens of articles in scholarly journals and two books, including the award-winning Job Creation and Job Destruction.
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Henning Silber studied Sociology and German Philology at The University of Göttingen and Abo Akademi University. In 2015, he received his doctorate in social sciences from The University of Göttingen. His PhD studies were funded by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation and the FAZIT Foundation. Henning was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, The University of Texas at Austin, Utrecht University, and The University of Chicago. From 2019 to 2020, he was a Fulbright Research Fellow at The University of Illinois at Chicago. He is Scientific Team Leader of the Survey Operations Team at the Department of Survey Design and Methodology at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. Since 2018, he has been an elected Council Member of The World Association of Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) and currently serves as the Publications Chair. His research interests include survey methodology, political sociology, and the experimental social sciences.
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Sam is a statistician working for The Social Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. While relatively new to the field of survey research, he has developed a keen interest in methodology and modern survey practices. Along with working in survey weighting and design, his current research projects involve investigating panel conditioning and assessing the effects of survey modes on outcome estimation.
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Dr. Adam Stivers, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of Finance in the College of Business Administration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is also co-director of the Menard Family Initiative Research Center. He received his Ph.D. from McMaster University. His research interests include behavioral and experimental finance, asset pricing, forecasting, and political/regulatory issues in finance.
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JoNell Strough, PhD. is a life-span developmental psychologist at West Virginia University. Her research investigates emotional well-being in people of all ages, with a focus on decision making. She has extensive experience in experimental design and the use of existing data from national panels such as the Understanding America Survey (UAS) to answer new research questions. Recent projects investigate age-related advantages for emotional well-being after a natural disaster; self-other differences in medical decision making; and benefits of focusing on the ‘here and now’ over the future for promoting mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association.
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Kyla Thomas is a Sociologist at the USC Center for Economic and Social Research. Her current work draws on survey, administrative, and field-experimental data to examine the structural and cultural mechanisms of race and class inequality in the U.S. She is also the director of LABarometer, a longitudinal survey of approximately 2,000 Los Angeles County residents designed to track social and economic conditions in the County, with a focus on four key issues: livability, mobility, sustainability, and affordability.
Randall K. Thomas
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Randall K. Thomas is Chief Survey Methodologist at Ipsos Public Affairs and is responsible for research-on-research studies to determine optimal online questionnaire design, especially for mobile devices. In his position, he provides methodological leadership for the company in web-based and digital research methods to ensure high quality, accurate surveys for both non-probability and probability-based samples. He has completed more than 30 publications and 300 conference presentations and workshops and has more than 25 years’ experience managing and mentoring research teams in producing high quality survey research.
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Chintan Turakhia is Chief Products Officer at SSRS. He has over 28 years of survey research experience and has expertise in all phases of survey research. His extensive experience includes design and implementation of large-scale studies in Public/Social policy, Political Research, Education, Housing, and Healthcare. He works with a diverse set of public and private sector clients in developing custom solutions for their research needs. He leads the probability-based SSRS Opinion Panel, SSRS Text Message Panel and build-out of other ancillary probably panel based products.
Andrew C. Ward
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Andrew Ward has almost 20 years of experience as a statistician and quantitative researcher, with particular expertise in survey research, analysis and reporting. His interests and capabilities include cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, survey weighting and estimation, psychometrics and small area methods. He has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in mathematics and statistics at the Queensland Institute of Technology, a Diploma in Education at The University of Queensland, and a Master of Applied Science by research and thesis at the Queensland University of Technology. He is an Accredited Statistician and full member of the Statistical Society of Australia.
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Andrew Warren is a Data Associate at the Financial Health Network, where he transforms both survey and administrative data into deep insights about consumer financial health. He analyzes data for a range of research and consulting projects, including the Financial Health Pulse®, the organization’s key research initiative on financial health in America. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College, as well as a Master's of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
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Professor Guoyi Zhang received his Ph.D. degree from Arizona State University. Currently he is ASA/NCHS fellow in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Mexico. His research interests are Survey Sampling, Nonparametric Function Estimation, and Statistical Computing.