Robert Agans, PhD
Robert Agans, PhD
Dr. Robert Agans is an associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics and co-director of the Carolina Survey Research Laboratory (CSRL). Dr. Agans directs and orchestrates complex survey research operations, including development of sample designs, questionnaire review and psychometric analysis, as well as expertise in both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Operations at the CSRL include, but are not limited to, focus groups, cognitive interviews, web surveys, mail surveys, and computer-assisted telephone interviews.
Dr. Agans has directed dozens of projects since coming to Carolina in 2000, including local, state and national population-based surveys.
Honors and AwardsStanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award (nomination)
1999Faculty Development Award
1996, University of Maryland, Asian DivisionPsi Chi National Honor Society
Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society
Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity
Research ActivitiesPopulation-based research methods; multi-mode data collection procedures; questionnaire development, standardization, validation and translation into other languages; hard-to-reach populations and minorities
SAPOR Prothro Student Paper Competition, Chair (2005-Present)
Ad hoc reviewer for Preventing Chronic Diseases; American Journal of Public Health
American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), Member (2001)
Southern Association for Public Opinion Research (SAPOR), Member (2001)
Ad hoc reviewer for Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and
Basic and Applied Social Psychology (1992-1995)
Sampling and Weighting in Telephone Surveys. Kalsbeek, W. D., & Agans, R. P. (2007). Telephone Survey Methodology, New Work: Wiley & Sons,..
Enumerating the hidden homeless: Strategies to estimate the homeless gone missing from a point-in-time count. Agans, R.P., Jefferson, M.T., Bowling, J.M., Zeng, D., Yang, J, Silverbush, M. (2014). Journal of Official Statistics, 30(2), 215-229.
On examining the quality of Spanish translation in telephone survey: A novel test-retest approach (in press). Agans, R.P., Vallejos, Q. & Benefield, T. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology.
Public attitudes toward the homeless. Agans, R. P. & Liu, G. (2015). Global Journal of Science Frontier Research: E Interdiciplinary, 15(3), 1-8.
Co-director, Carolina Survey Research Laboratory
PhD, Social Psychology, Texas A&M University, 1992
MA, Clinical Psychology, West Chester University, 1989
BA, Psychology, Saginaw Valley State University, 1984