Dr. Michael W. Link
Michael W. Link is division vice president for Data Science, Surveys and Enabling Technologies at Abt Associates. Prior to joining Abt, he was chief methodologist for research methods at The Nielsen Company. He has a broad base of experience in survey research, having worked in academia (University of South Carolina), not-for-profit research (RTI International, government (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and the private sector (Nielsen). His research centers around developing methodologies for confronting some of the most pressing issues facing survey research, including techniques for improving survey participation and data quality (use of address-based sampling, impact of call screening technologies), methodological issues involving use of multiple modes in data collection (web, mail, CATI, field, mobile, meters), and obtaining participation from hard-to-survey populations (linguistically isolated, racial and ethnic groups). His research articles have appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly and other leading scientific journals. In 2011 he, along with several research colleagues, received AAPOR’s Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award for their work on address- based sampling designs. His current research focuses on emerging technologies, such as mobile and social platforms, as vehicles for measuring and understanding public attitudes and behaviors. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Bruce D. Meyer
Bruce D. Meyer is the McCormick Foundation professor of public policy in the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. Prior to this appointment he was a professor in the Economics Department at Northwestern University, where he taught for seventeen years. His current research includes studies of poverty and inequality, government safety net programs, welfare policy, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, disability, the health care safety net, labor supply, and the accuracy of household surveys. Previously, he was a visiting faculty member at Harvard University, University College London, and Princeton University. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the Conference on Research on Income and Wealth. Meyer has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Human Resources Development Canada, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, and Mathematica Policy Research. He has an M.A. degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in economics.
Dr. Amy B. O'Hara
Amy O’Hara is a senior research scholar at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, joining in July 2017. From 2014 until her move to Stanford, she was chief of the Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications (CARRA), which was then part of the research and methodology directorate at the U.S. Census Bureau. She began her career at the Census Bureau in 2004 as an economist/statistician in the Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division before shifting to CARRA in 2008. Among other accomplishments in attempting to integrate administrative records data into the full suite of Census Bureau processes, she led the 2010 Census Match Study—an unprecedented complete match/linkage of the full set of returns from the 2010 decennial census to a composite of administrative records data from 8 federal agencies. It has been used to examine differences in coverage and possible sources of error in both sources. She received an Arthur S. Flemming Award, recognizing outstanding achievement and leadership in federal government service, from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University, in 2012. She has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Eric B. Rimm
Eric Rimm is a professor of epidemiology and nutrition and director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is also a professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School. His research group has specific interests both in the study of modifiable lifestyle choices (e.g. diet and physical activity) in relation to cardiovascular disease as well as the translation of these findings into public health interventions that are effective for schoolchildren, adults and the food insecure. He has previously served on the scientific advisory committee for the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. He has published more than 450 peer reviewed publications during his 20+ years on the faculty at Harvard. Rimm is an associate editor for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the American Journal of Epidemiology. He also was awarded the 2012 American Society for Nutrition General Mills Institute of Health and Nutrition Innovation Award. He holds an Sc.D. in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Nora Cate Schaeffer
Nora Cate Schaeffer is Sewell Bascom professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she also serves as faculty director of the University of Wisconsin Survey Center, teaches courses in survey research methods, and conducts research on questionnaire design and interaction during survey interviews. She currently serves as a member of the Public Opinion Quarterly Advisory Board of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and of the General Social Survey Board of Overseers. She recently completed terms as the Council on Sections Representatives for the Survey Research Methods Section of the American Statistical Association and as a member of the Census Advisory Committee of Professional Associations. She is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association. She has served on multiple National Academies’ committees, including seven consensus studies, and is a former member of CNSTAT. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Diane Schanzenbach
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach is director of the Institute for Policy Research, the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy, and faculty fellow at Northwestern University. She is also currently research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and a faculty affiliate in the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin. She studies policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty, including education, health, and income support policies. Her recent work has focused on tracing the impact of major public policies such as SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program) and early childhood education on children’s long-term outcomes. She holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University, both in economics.
Dr. Sofia B. Villas-Boas
Sofia Berto Villas-Boas is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include industrial organization, consumer behavior, food policy, and environmental regulation. Her recent empirical work estimates the effects of policies on consumer behavior, such as bottled water tax, a plastic bag ban, and a soda tax campaign and its implementation. Other published work has focused on the economics behind wholesale price-discrimination-banning legislation, contractual relationships along a vertical supply chain, and identifying the role of those contracts in explaining pass-through of cost shocks along the supply chain into retail prices that consumers face. She is widely published in top economics and field journals such as Review of Economic Studies, Rand Journal of Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Marketing Science. She holds a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, both in economics.
Dr. James P. Ziliak
James P. Ziliak is Carol Martin Gatton endowed chair in microeconomics in the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky, and founding director of the Center for Poverty Research. His research expertise is the areas of tax and welfare policy, poverty, and food insecurity. He is the principal investigator on the Research Program on Childhood Hunger funded by the Food and Nutrition Service and was a member of HMD’s Committee on the Examination of the Adequacy of Food Resources and SNAP Allotments, as well as CNSTAT’s Panel on the Review and Evaluation of the 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation Content and Design. He has served as a visiting scholar at Brookings Institution and as visiting professor at University College London and the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin. He served as chair of the CNSTAT Workshop on an Agenda for Child Hunger and Food Insecurity Research. He has an M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Indiana University.