Brady West

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Research Associate Professor, ISR and JPSM University of Maryland, Statistical Consultant for CSCAR

Brady T. West is a Research Associate Professor in the Survey Methodology Program, located within the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (U-M) campus. He also serves as a lead statistician on the U-M Consulting for Statistics, Computing, and Analytics Research (CSCAR) team. He earned his PhD from the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology in 2011. Before that, he received an MA in Applied Statistics from the U-M Statistics Department in 2002, being recognized as an Outstanding First-year Applied Masters student, and a BS in Statistics with Highest Honors and Highest Distinction from the U-M Statistics Department in 2001. His current research interests include the implications of measurement error in auxiliary variables and survey paradata for survey estimation, survey nonresponse, interviewer effects, and multilevel regression models for clustered and longitudinal data. He is the lead author of a book comparing different statistical software packages in terms of their mixed-effects modeling procedures (Linear Mixed Models: A Practical Guide using Statistical Software, Second Edition, Chapman Hall/CRC Press, 2014), and he is a co-author of a second book entitled Applied Survey Data Analysis (with Steven Heeringa and Pat Berglund), the second edition of which was published by Chapman Hill in June 2017.  Brady lives in Dexter, MI with his wife Laura, his son Carter, his daughter Everleigh, and his American Cocker Spaniel Bailey.

Selected Publications:

* Denotes graduate student.

West, B.T., Conrad, F.G., Kreuter, F., and Mittereder, F*. (In Press). Nonresponse and Measurement Error Variance among Interviewers in Standardized and Conversational Interviewing. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology

West, B.T. and Li, D.* (In Press). Sources of Variance in the Accuracy of Interviewer Observations. Sociological Methods and Research.

Heeringa, S.G., West, B.T., and Berglund, P.A. (2017). Applied Survey Data Analysis, Second Edition. Chapman Hall / CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL.

Biemer, P.P, Eckman, S., Edwards, B., Lyberg, L., Tucker, C., de Leeuw, E., Kreuter, F., and West, B.T. (Editors). (2017). Total Survey Error in Practice. Wiley.

West, B.T., Conrad, F.G., Kreuter, F., and Mittereder, F*. (2017). Can Conversational Interviewing Improve Survey Response Quality without Increasing Interviewer Effects? Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A), DOI: 10.1111/rssa.12255.

West, B.T. and Blom, A.G. (2017). Explaining Interviewer Effects: A Research Synthesis. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 5(2), 175-211.

West, B.T. and McCabe, S.E. (2017). Alternative Approaches to Assessing Nonresponse Bias in Longitudinal Survey Estimates: An Application to Substance Use Outcomes among Young Adults in the U.S. American Journal of Epidemiology, 185(7), 591-600.

West, B.T., Sakshaug, J.W., and Aurelien, G.A.S.* (2016). How Big of a Problem is Analytic Error in Secondary Analyses of Survey Data? PLoS ONE, 11(6), e0158120. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158120.

West, B.T., Ghimire, D., and Axinn, W.G. (2015). Evaluating a Modular Design Approach to Collecting Survey Data using Text Messages. Survey Research Methods, 9(2), 111-123.

Raykov, T., West, B.T., and Traynor, A. (2015). Evaluation of Coefficient Alpha for Multiple Component Measuring Instruments in Complex Sample Designs. Structural Equation Modeling, 22(3), 429-438. DOI: 10.1080/10705511.2014.936081.

West, B.T., Welch, K.B. and Galecki, A.T. (with Contributions from Brenda W. Gillespie) (2014).  Linear Mixed Models: A Practical Guide using Statistical Software, Second Edition.  Chapman Hall / CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL.

Krueger, B.S. and West, B.T. (2014, Authors Alphabetical). Assessing the Potential of Paradata and Other Auxiliary Information for Nonresponse Adjustments. Public Opinion Quarterly, 78(4), 795-831.

West, B.T., and Elliott, M.R. (2014). Frequentist and Bayesian Approaches for Comparing Interviewer Variance Components in Two Groups of Survey Interviewers. Survey Methodology, 40(2), 163-188.

West, B.T. and Little, R.J.A. (2013). Nonresponse Adjustment of Survey Estimates based on Auxiliary Variables Subject to Error. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society – Series C (Applied Statistics), 62(2), 213-231.

West, B.T. and Groves, R.M. (2013). The PAIP Score: A Propensity-Adjusted Interviewer Performance Indicator. Public Opinion Quarterly, 77(1), 352-374.

West, B.T. (2013). An Examination of the Quality and Utility of Interviewer Observations in the National Survey of Family Growth. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A (General), 176(1), 211-225.

West, B.T., Kreuter, F., and Jaenichen, U. (2013). “Interviewer” Effects in Face-to-face Surveys: A Function of Sampling, Measurement Error or Nonresponse? Journal of Official Statistics, 29(2), 277-297.

West, B.T. and Kreuter, F. (2013). Factors Affecting the Accuracy of Interviewer Observations: Evidence from the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). Public Opinion Quarterly, 77(2), 522-548.

West, B.T. and Olson, K. (2010). How Much of Interviewer Variance is Really Nonresponse Error Variance? Public Opinion Quarterly, 74(5), 1004-1026.