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Robert Agans, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor Department of Biostatistics
Co-Director Carolina Survey Research Laboratory

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730 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

Suite 100

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Agans serves as co-director of the Carolina Survey Research Laboratory (CSRL) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which is housed in the Department of Biostatistics. In this role, he 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, computer-assisted telephone interviews and sample designs.

Dr. Agans has directed dozens of survey projects over the past fourteen years, including surveys on such topics as oral cancer, youth vaccines, homelessness, adolescent smoking behaviors, teen worker safety issues and dentists’ attitudes toward addressing obesity. He has also worked specifically with the CSCC on the Hispanic Community Health Study.

Honors and Awards

Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award (nomination)

Faculty Development Award
1996, University of Maryland, Asian Division

BA Summa Cum Laude
1984, Saginaw Valley State University

Research Activities
Population-based research methods; multi-mode data collection procedures; questionnaire development, standardization and validation; hard-to-reach populations & minorities
Service Activities

SAPOR Prothro Student Paper Competition, Chair (2005)

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)

Staff/Administrative Duties

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