Sunghee Lee

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Associate Research Scientist, ISR

Sunghee Lee is an Associate Research Scientist at the Survey Methodology Program.  She holds a PhD from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. Before joining the Survey Methodology Program, she served as Survey Methodologist for California Health Interview Survey and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biostatistics at UCLA.

Her research interest includes sampling and measurement issues in data collection with linguistic and racial minorities as well as hard-to-reach populations and cross-cultural survey methodology.

Selected publications:

Lee, S., McClain, C., Webster, N., and Han, S. “Question Order Sensitivity of Subjective Well-Being Measures: Focus on Life Satisfaction, Self-Rated Health and Subjective Life Expectancy in Survey Instruments.” Quality of Life ResearchEpub ahead of print:

Liu, M., Conrad, F., and Lee, S. “Comparing Acquiescent and Extreme Response Styles in Face-to-Face and Web Surveys.” Quality and Quantity. Epub ahead of print:

Lee, S., and Smith, J. (2016). “Methodological Aspects of Subjective Life Expectancy: Effects of Culture-Specific Reporting Heterogeneity among Older Adults in the U.S.”The Journals of Gerontology: Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 71(3): 558-568. PMID: 26297708

Liu, M., Conrad, F., and Lee, S. (2015). “Comparing Extreme Response Styles between Agree-Disagree and Item Specific Scales.” Public Opinion Quarterly, 79 (4): 952-975.

Lee, S., Schwarz, N., and Goldstein, L.S. (2014). “Culture-Sensitive Question Order Effects of Self-Rated Health between Older Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Adults in the United States.” Journal of Aging and Health, 26(5): 860–883 PMID: 24812265

Lee, S. (2014). “Self-Rated Health in Health Surveys.” In Johnson, T.P. (ed.) pp. 193-216, Handbook of Health Survey Methods. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.

Lee, S., Wagner, J., Valliant, R., and Heeringa, S. (2014). “Recent Developments of Sampling Hard-to-Reach Populations: An Assessment.” In Tourangeau, R., Edwards, B., Johnson, T., and Wolter, K. (eds.) pp. 424-444, Hard to Survey Populations. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

Wagner, J., and Lee, S. (2014). “Sampling Rare Populations.” In Johnson, T.P. (ed.) pp.77-104.  Handbook of Health Survey Methods. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.

Valliant, R., Hubbard, F.,Lee, S., and Chang, C. (2014). “Efficient Use of Commercial Lists in U.S. Household Sampling.” Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 2(2): 182–209.

Lee, S., and Schwarz, N. (2014b). “Lee and Schwarz Respond.” American Journal of Public Health, 104(1): e3–e4.

Lee, S., and Schwarz, N. (2014a). “Question Context and Priming Meaning of Health: Effect on Differences in Self-Rated Health Between Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Whites.” American Journal of Public Health,104(1): 179–185.

Couper, M., Ofstedal, M.B., and Lee, S. (2013). “Encouraging Record Use for Financial Asset Questions in a Web Survey.” Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 1(2): 171-182.

Lim, S., Immerwahr, S., Lee, S., and Harris, T. (2013). “Estimating Nonresponse Bias in a Telephone-Based Health Surveillance Survey in New York City.” American Journal of Epidemiology.Advance access available at:

AAPOR Task Force with members including Baker, R., Blumberg, S.J., Brick, J.M., Couper, M.P., Courtright, M., Dennis, J.M., Dillman, D., Frankel, M.R., Garland, P., Groves, R.M., Kennedy, C., Krosnick, J., Lavrakas, P.J., Lee, S., Link, M., Piekarski, L., Rao, K., Thomas, R.K., and Zahs, D. (2010). “Research Synthesis: AAPOR Report on Online Panels.” Public Opinion Quarterly, 74(4): 711-781.

Lee, S., Elkasabi, M., and Streja, L. (2012). “Increasing Cell-Phone Usage among Hispanics and Its Implications for Telephone Survey Practice.” American Journal of Public Health, 102:e19–e24.

Brick, J.M., Flores-Cervantes, I., Lee, S., and Norman, G. (2011) “Nonsampling Errors in Dual Frame Telephone Surveys.” Survey Methodology, 37(1), 1-12.

Lee, S., Nguyen, H.A., and Tsui, J. (2011) “Interview Language: A Proxy Measure for Acculturation among Asian Americans in a Population-based Survey.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13(2): 244-252.

Lee, S., Brick, J.M., Brown, R., and Grant, D. (2010). “Growing Cell-Phone Population and Noncoverage Bias in Traditional Random Digit Dial Telephone Health Surveys.” Health Services Research, 45(4), 1121-1139.

Lee, S. (2010). “Understanding Sample Surveys with the Total Survey Error Paradigm.”  Korean Statistical Research, 15(1), 44-74. (In Korean).

Lee, S., Satter, D., and Ponce, N.A. (2009). “Effect of Race and Ethnicity Classification on Survey Estimates: Anomaly of the Weighted Totals of the American Indians and Alaska Natives.” American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research, 16(3), 1-15.

Lee, S., Brown, R., Grant, D., Belin, T., and Brick, J.M. (2009). “Exploring Nonresponse Bias in a Health Survey Using Neighborhood Characteristics from Census Data.” American Journal of Public Health, 99 (10), 1811-1817.

Lee, S. (2009). “Understanding Respondent Driven Sampling from a Total Survey Error Perspective.” Survey Practice.

Lee, S., and Grant, D. (2009) “The Effect of Question Order on Self-Rated General Health Status in a Multilingual Survey Context.” American Journal of Epidemiology, 169(12), 1525-1530.

Lee, S., and Valliant, R. (2009) “Estimation for Volunteer Panel Web Surveys Using Propensity Score Adjustment and Calibration Adjustment.” Sociological Methods & Research, 37, 319-343

Lee, S., Nguyen, H.A., Jawad, M., and Kurata, J. (2008) “Linguistic Minorities and Nonresponse Error.” Public Opinion Quarterly, 72, 470-486.

Brick, J.M., Edwards, S., and Lee, S. (2007) “Sampling Telephone Numbers and Adults, Interview Length, and Weighting in the California Health Interview Survey Cell Phone      Pilot Study.” Public Opinion Quarterly. 71, 793-813.

Lee, S., Mathiowetz, N., and Tourangeau, R. (2007). “The Measurement and Mismeasurement of Disability.”  Journal of Official Statistics, 23(2), 163-184

Lee, S., and Valliant, R. (2007). “Weighting Telephone Samples Using Propensity Scores.” Chapter 8 in Lepkowski, J.M., Tucker, C., Brick, J.M., De Leeuw, E., Japec, L., Lavrakas, P.J., Link, M.W., and Sangster, R.L.. Advances in Telephone Survey Methodology. New York: John Wiley.

Lee, S. (2006) “Propensity Score Adjustment as a Weighting Scheme for Volunteer Panel Web Surveys.”  Journal of Official Statistics, 22(2), 329-349.

Lee, S. (2006) “An Evaluation of Nonresponse and Coverage Errors in a Web Panel Survey.” Social Science Computer Review, 24 (4)

Tourangeau, R., Conrad, F., Arens, Z., Fricker, S., Lee, S., and Smith, E. (2006) “Everyday Concepts and Classification Errors: Judgments of Disability and Residence.”  Journal of Official Statistics, 22(3), 385-418

Lee, S., Mathiowetz, N., and Tourangeau, R. (2004). “Perceptions of Disability: The Effect of Self- and Proxy Response.” Journal of Official Statistics, 20(4), 671-686.