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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Standing Committee On Integrating New Behavioral Health Measures Into The Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration’s Data Collection Programs


Committee Member Bios

James S. Jackson (IOM), chair, is director of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, the Daniel Katz distinguished university professor of psychology, professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, and faculty associate at the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health. In the past he was professor of health behavior and health education in the School of Public Health, chair of the Social Psychology Training Program, director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, and director of the African-American Mental Health Research Institute, all at the University of Michigan. Over the last 30 years, he has been the principal investigator of over two-dozen funded NIH and NSF grants, including the National Survey of American Life, a survey funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the largest survey about the physical, emotional, mental, structural, and economic conditions of Black Americans ever conducted. Dr. Jackson was recently appointed to the National Science Board and is president of the Consortium of Social Science Associations. He has also served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health, the Advisory Council and Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Institute on Aging, and the Advisory Council to the Director for the National Institutes of Health. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Contributions to Research Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, American Psychological Association; the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Distinguished Career Contributions in Applied Psychology, the Association for Psychological Sciences; Presidential Citation, American Psychological Association; and Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Sciences, New York Academy of Medicine. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Jackson is a member of the NRC Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, and has served on several NRC and IOM committees. He earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from Wayne State University.

Hortensia D. Amaro (IOM) is associate vice provost for community research initiatives and dean’s professor of social work and preventive medicine at the University of Southern California. Previously she served as associate dean and distinguished professor of health sciences and of counseling psychology in the Bouve College of Health Sciences, and director of the Institute on Urban Health Research at Northeastern University. Her research interests include alcohol and drug use and addiction among adolescents and adults, substance abuse and mental health treatment for Latinos and African Americans, and alcohol and drug use among college populations. She was elected to the IOM of the National Academies and has received numerous awards from professional, government and community organizations and honorary degrees from Simmons College and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Additionally, she has served on review and advisory committees for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Amaro founded five substance abuse treatment programs for women in Boston and served on the board of the Boston Public Health Commission for 14 years. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Frederick G. Conrad is research professor at the Survey Research Center and director of the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology, University of Michigan and Joint Program in Survey Methodology, University of Maryland. His recent work has focused on respondents' understanding of survey questions, biases in respondents' judgments about the frequency of their behaviors, the effect of automatic progress feedback on respondents' willingness to continue filling out a questionnaire, and the decision to participate in a survey among potential respondents. He served on the NRC Panel on Redesigning the Commercial Building and Residential Energy Consumption Surveys of the Energy Information Administration and the Panel to Review USDA's Agricultural Resource Management Survey. He received his PhD in Psychology from the University of Chicago.

Michael Davern is senior vice president and director of the Public Health Research Department in the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. His expertise includes survey research, public health data, linking surveys with administrative data, and Census Bureau data, and the use of these data for policy research simulation and evaluation. Prior to this appointment, he was at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where he was an assistant professor of health policy and management and research director of the State Health Access Data Assistance Center. He also codirected the U.S. Census Bureau Research Data Center at the university. He previously served as a statistician for the Labor Force and Transfer Programs Statistics Branch of the U.S. Census Bureau. A major focus of his work has involved applying state-level data to health policy issues and helping states monitor trends in health insurance coverage rates. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame.

Benjamin Druss is Professor and Rosalynn Carter chair in mental health in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. He also directs the Center for Behavioral Health Policy Studies. As the first Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health at Emory University, he is working to build linkages between mental health, general medical health, and public health. He works closely with Carter Center Mental Health Program, where he is a member of the Mental Health Task Force and Journalism Advisory Board. His research focuses on improving physical health and healthcare among persons with serious mental disorders. He has received a number of national awards for his work including the Health Services Research Senior Scholar Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the Armin Loeb Award from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. He has served as an expert consultant to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. He has been a member of two Institute of Medicine Committees. He received his M.P.H. from Yale University and his M.D. from New York University.

Graham Kalton is chairman of the board and senior vice president of Westat, Inc. in Rockville, MD. He was a co-founder of the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, where he held the title of research professor. Previously he was a research scientist in the Survey Research Center and a professor of biostatistics and statistics at the University of Michigan, professor of social statistics at the University of Southampton, and a reader in social statistics at the London School of Economics. His research interests are in survey sampling and general survey methodology. He has chaired several CNSTAT panels, including the Panel on the Functionality and Usability of Data from the American Community Survey, the Panel on Estimates of Poverty for Small Geographic Areas, the Panel to Evaluate the Survey of Income and Program Participation, and the Panel to Study the NSF Scientific and Technical Personnel Data System; and has served as a member of two other panels. He is a past member of the Committee on National Statistics. A past president of the International Association of Survey Statisticians, he has been chair of the American Statistical Association’s section on survey research methods and chair of the Royal Statistical Society’s social statistics section and served on the Council of the Royal Statistical Society. He is also a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a national associate of the National Academies. He has a Ph.D. in survey methodology from the University of Southampton.

Dean G. Kilpatrick is distinguished university professor of clinical psychology and director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. His primary research interests include measuring the prevalence of rape, other violent crimes, and other types of potentially traumatic events as well as assessing the mental health impact of such events. He has served the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies as a board member, editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, and as president-elect and President. Dr. Kilpatrick has provided invited testimony on the topics of rape, sexual harassment, and compensation for PTSD to committees of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. He was awarded the Allied Profession Award for promoting crime victims' rights, services, and needs in the mental health field by the Congressional Victim's Rights Caucus. He has also served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Incorporating Research into Psychiatry Residency Training and the Committee on Veterans Compensation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia.

Kathleen Ries Merikangas is senior investigator and chief of the Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Previously she was professor of epidemiology and public health, psychiatry and psychology and the director of the genetic epidemiology research unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University. Her research focuses on: studies of the patterns and components of familial aggregation of mental disorders and familial mechanisms for comorbidity of mental and medical disorders; identification of early signs and risk factors for psychiatric disorders among high and low risk youth using prospective longitudinal high risk studies; and large scale population based studies of mental disorders including high risk designs and prospective longitudinal research. She earned her PhD in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

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 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 was selected as a fellow of the American Statistical Association. Her service for the National Research Council includes the Panel on the Design of the 2010 Census Program of Evaluations and Experiments, the Committee on National Statistics, the Panel to Review Research and Development Statistics at the National Science Foundation, and the Panel to Evaluate Alternative Census Methods for the National Research Council. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago.

Lisa Schwartz is vice president and managing director of survey research at Mathematica Policy Research and a leading expert in health survey research with experience designing and managing qualitative and quantitative studies of vulnerable populations. Before joining Mathematica, Schwartz was a senior research scientist at NORC and associate program manager for the American Time Use Survey at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She also designed modules for the Current Population Survey. She has expertise in designing multimode surveys, one-on-one semi-structured interviews, cognitive interviews, focus group protocols, interviewer and respondent debriefings, split-ballot pre-tests, and usability testing. Her work has been recognized for exceptional achievement by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. She holds a Ph.D. in cognitive developmental psychology from the University of Maryland.

David H. Wegman is emeritus professor in the Department of Work Environmentat the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Dr. Wegman was previously dean of the School of Health and Environment. He also serves as adjunct professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Wegman has focused his research on epidemiologic studies across a range of health conditions, including respiratory disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and cancer. He has also written on public health and policy issues concerning hazard and health surveillance, methods of exposure assessment for epidemiologic studies, the development of alternatives to regulation and the use of participatory methods to study occupational health risks. He is currently leading an intervention study to improve working conditions for sugarcane cutters in El Salvador. Dr. Wegman is a member of the NRC Board on Human Systems Integration and IOM Committee on Aerospace Medicine and the Medicine of Extreme Environments. He has served as both member and chair on numerous NRC and IOM committees, and has been designated as a National Associate to recognize his extraordinary service to the NRC and IOM. Dr. Wegman received his B.A. from Swarthmore College, and his M.D. and M.Sc. from Harvard University and is board certified in preventive medicine (occupational medicine).


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