Brady T. West, Primary Investigator
Dr. West is a Research Associate 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 received his PhD from the University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology in 2011. His current research interests include substance use disparities among different socio-demographic subgroups, including those defined by sexual orientation, and survey methods for measuring and estimating those disparities.
Mick P. Couper, Co-Investigator
Dr. Couper is a Research Professor in the Survey Methodology Program. He received a PhD in sociology from Rhodes University. His current research interests include survey non-response, design and implementation of survey data collection, effects of technology on the survey process, and computer-assisted interviewing, including both interviewer-administered (CATI and CAPI) and self-administered (Web, audio-CASI, IVR) surveys. Many of his current projects focus on the design of Web surveys.
William G. Axinn, Co-Investigator
Dr. Axinn is professor of survey research, population studies, sociology and public policy at the University of Michigan. Axinn is a social demographer studying community, intergenerational, and social psychological influences on marriage, childbearing, reproductive health, mental health and the natural environment. He is former director of Michigan’s Survey Research Center with an active program of methodological research on longitudinal studies, survey data collection and mixed method studies. He is director of the Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS), a 20-year, mixed method longitudinal study in Nepal and deputy director of the Michigan team implementing the U.S. National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) on behalf of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
James Wagner, Co-Investigator
Dr. Wagner is a Research Associate Professor in the Survey Methodology Program. He received his PhD from the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology in 2008. He has worked on surveys for over 20 years and has extensive experience with sample design. He currently serves as the Chief Mathematical Statistician on the National Survey of Family Growth Continuous 2011-2019. In addition to sample design, Wagner’s research interests include adaptive survey design to address potential nonresponse biases and indicators of survey data quality.
Rebecca Gatward, Survey Director
Ms. Gatward joined the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research in 2010 as a Survey Director. She is currently also working on the Health and Retirement Study and Computer Assisted Interviewing projects. Rebecca has a Masters degree in Social Research Methods and Statistics from City University, London, UK. She has previously worked at the Central Statistics Office in Ireland and at the House of Commons in the UK. Prior to these short-term contracts she worked for 14 years as a Survey Researcher within the Social Survey Division of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in the UK, where she project managed a range of surveys varying both in subject matter and design. For a substantial amount of her time at ONS she was involved in the design, development and implementation of a national children’s mental health survey. She also specialized in development projects around the use of CAI (specifically using Blaise software) in the organisation.
Heather Gatny, Research Associate
Ms. Gatny is a senior research associate in the Survey Research Center. She specializes in survey methodology, research ethics, and survey design.
Colette Keyser, Lead Programmer
Ms. Keyser is an applications programmer and analyst intermediate in the Survey Research Center. She specializes in web survey design.