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Robert Agans, PhD
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Robert Agans, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Biostatistics
Co-Director
Carolina Survey Research Laboratory
  • 730 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
  • Suite 100
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

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 Awards

Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award (nomination)

1999

Faculty Development Award

1996, University of Maryland, Asian Division

Psi Chi National Honor Society

Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society

Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Fraternity

Research Activities

Population-based research methods; multi-mode data collection procedures; questionnaire development, standardization, validation and translation into other languages; hard-to-reach populations and minorities

Service Activities

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)

Key Publications

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.

Staff/Administrative Duties

Co-director, Carolina Survey Research Laboratory

Education

PhD, Social Psychology, Texas A&M University, 1992

MA, Clinical Psychology, West Chester University, 1989

BA, Psychology, Saginaw Valley State University, 1984

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