Susan is generally responsible for NORC’s methods of design and analysis. As a member of NORC’s Executive Council, Susan also works to advance NORC’s corporate research and development enterprise. She leads a division of statisticians, data scientists, and methodologists who advance NORC’s capabilities through cross-functional collaboration, efficient statistical operations, fit-for-purpose methodological research and development, and targeted business development.
Susan is an executive sponsor of several initiatives to advance NORC’s capabilities in areas of data and human subjects protection, data science and artificial intelligence, quantitative evaluation methods, and sampling. She is an executive statistical advisor to several projects, including AP VoteCast, General Social Survey, Survey of Doctoral Recipients, and several health care evaluations.
Susan has over 20 years of experience as a leader in statistical methods innovation and application to topics of societal and policy importance, including evaluation of behavioral health interventions; health services research; health care quality; Medicare payment policy; public opinion research; public policy; and veterans’ health care. She has conducted and published statistical research on several topics, including Bayesian methods, causal inference, longitudinal analysis, missing data methods, multilevel modeling, and study design for qualitative and quantitative research. Susan has over 120 peer-reviewed publications and has served on several journal editorial boards and on committees for the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
University of Minnesota
Appointments & Affiliations
American Statistical Association Committee on Data Science & Artificial Intelligence
Harvard Data Science Review
Honors & Awards
Article of the Year | 2020
Medical Care Research & Review
One of the Ten Most-Read Articles | 2015
Fellow | 2013
American Statistical Association
Mid-career Award | 2013
Health Policy Statistics Section, American Statistical Association
opens in new tab"Developing Standardized Patient Assessment Data Elements for Medicare Post-Acute Care Assessments."
Journal Article | June 28, 2022
opens in new tab"Causal Inference under Interference with Prognostic Scores for Dynamic Group Therapy Studies."
Journal Article | December 8, 2021
opens in new tab"Appropriate Analyses of Bimodal Substance Use Frequency Outcomes: A Mixture Model Approach."
Journal Article | November 29, 2021
opens in new tab"Longitudinal Effects of Social Network Changes on Drinking Outcomes for Individuals with a First-Time DUI."
Journal Article | April 13, 2021
opens in new tab"Defining and Estimating the Reliability of Physician Quality Measures in Hierarchical Logistic Regression Models."
Journal Article | March 19, 2021
opens in new tab"Does Removing Financial Incentives Lead to Declines in Performance?: A Controlled Interrupted Time Series Analysis of Medicare Advantage Star Ratings Programme Performance."
Journal Article | February 3, 2021
opens in new tab"Study Design to Evaluate a Group-Based Therapy for Support Persons of Adults on Buprenorphine/Naloxone."
Journal Article | July 20, 2020