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Joseph D. Eyerman

Director, Center for Security, Defense, and Safety

Joe Eyerman, PhD, is a senior research methodologist and director of the RTI Center for Security, Defense, and Safety. He has more than 18 years of professional experience in the statistical modeling of social behavior and managing data collection and analysis projects.

Dr. Eyerman's substantive interest is in the formal and statistical modeling of the decision processes related to political behavior, terrorism, and international conflict. His recent methodological work has focused on the relationship between the data collection process and error in population estimates on a variety of bioterrorism, public health, and surveillance studies. Dr. Eyerman has conducted methodological studies to investigate ways to improve data quality and has conducted studies of survey nonresponse. He is an experienced project manager, survey methodologist, and data analyst.

Since 2013, he has directed the RTI UAS initiative to develop systems to support the transition of unmanned aircraft into the RTI research process. This process includes developing research protocols, reporting standards, ethics and risks requirements, analysis tools, field methods, and public perception assessments. He is currently working on using drones to identify potential breedling locations for the Aedes mosquitoes, which carry the Zika virus. By using drones to improve mapping, we will be able to improve eradication efforts and enhance communication programs for high-risk villages, towns, and cities.

In addition to his work at RTI, Dr. Eyerman teaches graduate courses at North Carolina State University and at the University College Dublin (Ireland).


PhD, Political Science, Florida State University; MS, Political Science, Florida State University; MA, Political Science, Miami University; BA, Political Science and History, Muskingum University.

Latest Publications

Eyerman, J., Letterman, C., Pitts, W., Holloway, J., Hinkle, K., Schanzer, D., Ladd, K., Mitchell, S., & Kaydos-Daniels, S.C. (Jun 2013). Unmanned aircraft and the human element: Public perceptions and first responder concerns: Research brief. Research Triangle Park, NC: Institute for Homeland Security Solutions.
Ellis, C.S., Sikes, N., Sage, A., Eyerman, J.D., & Burke, B.J. (2011). Technological Advances to Reduce Survey Error. Presented at AAPOR 2011, Phoenix, AZ, May 2011.
Schanzer, D.H., & Eyerman, J. (2010). Improving strategic risk management at the Department of Homeland Security. Business of Government, Spring :61-67.
Schanzer, D.H., & Eyerman, J. (2009). Improving strategic risk management at the Department of Homeland Security. In Morales, A. & Abel, D.A. (Eds.), Strategic risk management in government: A look at homeland security. Managing for Performance and Results Series . Washington, DC: IBM Center for The Business of Government.
Strom, K.J., & Eyerman, J. (2008). Interagency coordination: Lessons learned from the 2005 London train bombings. NIJ Journal, 261 .
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  • Social Science
  • Survey Design and Analysis
  • Terrorism and Conflict
  • Political Behavior
  • Unmanned Aircraft (Drones)
  • Zika Virus