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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 Statistical Consultant 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 variance, 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), which was published by Chapman Hall in April 2010 and has a second edition in press that will be available in mid-2017. Brady lives in Dexter, MI with his wife Laura, his son Carter, his daughter Everleigh, and his American Cocker Spaniel Bailey.
West, B.T. and Blom, A.G. (2016). Explaining Interviewer Effects: A Research Synthesis. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology. doi: 10.1093/jssam/smw024.
West, B.T., Conrad, F.G., Kreuter, F., and Mittereder, F. (In Press). Can Conversational Interviewing Improve Survey Response Quality without Increasing Interviewer Variance? Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A).
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. and McCabe, S.E. (In Press). 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.
West, B.T., Beer, L., Gremel, W., Weiser, J., Johnson, C., Garg, S., and Skarbinski, J. (2015). Weighted Multilevel Models: A Case Study. American Journal of Public Health, 105(11), 2214-2215.
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.
West, B.T., Wagner, J., Gu, H. and Hubbard, F. (2015). The Utility of Alternative Commercial Data Sources for Survey Operations and Estimation: Evidence from the National Survey of Family Growth. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 3(2), 240-264.
Elliott, M.R. and West, B.T. (2015; Authors Alphabetical). “Clustering by Interviewer”: A Source of Variance That Is Unaccounted for in Single-Stage Health Surveys. American Journal of Epidemiology, 182(2), 118-126.
West, B.T. and Kreuter, F. (2015). A Practical Technique for Improving the Accuracy of Interviewer Observations of Respondent Characteristics. Field Methods, 27(2), 144-162.
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.
Raykov, T., West, B.T., and Traynor, A. (2014). Evaluation of Coefficient Alpha for Multiple Component Measuring Instruments in Complex Sample Designs. Structural Equation Modeling. DOI: 10.1080/10705511.2014.936081.
Sakshaug, J. and West, B.T. (2014). Important Considerations when Analyzing Health Survey Data Collected using a Complex Sample Design. American Journal of Public Health, 104(1), 15-16.
West, B.T. and Peytcheva, E. (2014). Can Interviewer Behaviors During ACASI Affect Data Quality? Survey Practice, 5(7).
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. 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., 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. (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. and Sinibaldi, J. (2013). The Quality of Paradata: A Literature Review. Chapter 14 in Improving Surveys with Paradata: Analytic Uses of Process Information. Wiley Publishing.
West, B.T. (2013). The Effects of Error in Paradata on Weighting Class Adjustments: A Simulation Study. Chapter 15 in Improving Surveys with Paradata: Analytic Uses of Process Information. Wiley Publishing.
Wagner, J., West, B.T., Kirgis, N., Lepkowski, J.M., Axinn, W.G., and Kruger-Ndiaye, S. (2012). Use of Paradata in a Responsive Design Framework to Manage a Field Data Collection. Journal of Official Statistics, 28(4), 477-499.
West, B.T. and McCabe, S.E. (2012). Incorporating Complex Sample Design Effects When Only Final Survey Weights are Available. The Stata Journal, 12(4), 718-725.
West, B.T. and Galecki, A.T. (2011). An Overview of Current Software Procedures for Fitting Linear Mixed Models. The American Statistician, 65(4), 274-282.
Heeringa, S.G., West, B.T., and Berglund, P.A. (2010). Applied Survey Data Analysis. Chapman Hall / CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL.
West, B.T. and Olson, K. (2010). How Much of Interviewer Variance is Really Nonresponse Error Variance? Public Opinion Quarterly, 74(5), 1004-1026.
McCabe, S.E., Hughes, T.L., Bostwick, W.B., West, B.T., and Boyd, C.J. (2010). Discrimination and Substance Use Disorders among Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Adults in the United States. American Journal of Public Health, 100, 1946-1952.
West, B.T. and Lamsal, M. (2008). A New Application of Linear Modeling in the Prediction of College Football Bowl Outcomes and the Development of Team Ratings. Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, 4(3), Article 3.
West, B.T. (2006). A Simple and Flexible Rating Method for Predicting Success in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, 2(3), Article 3.