Ashley Amaya

Research Survey Methodologist

Ashley Amaya


  • PhD, Survey Methodology, University of Maryland
  • MS, Survey Methodology, University of Michigan
  • BA, Political Science, University of Michigan

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Ashley Amaya has 15 years of experience in the Total Survey Error framework which examines every step of the survey process (e.g., frame selection, interview mode choice, and recruitment) to ensure representativeness and high data quality. Her research focuses on the effect of different design choices on multiple sources of error and on comparative research that assesses differences between various data collection frames and modes.

Prior to joining RTI, Dr. Amaya lead several design projects and feasibility studies including the CDC’s National Immunization Survey Address-Based Sampling and Cell Telephone Pilots, the CDC’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health redesign, and the Household Energy Use Survey (a precursor to the EIA’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey redesign).  At RTI, she is the Project Director for CDC’s National Internet Flu Survey and leads an internal working group to assess coverage bias of the address-based sample frame.

Dr. Amaya was a 2015 Census Fellow. She is an active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) as well as the 2015-2018 Short Course Subcommittee Chair for AAPOR, the 2016 Membership Chair for DC-AAPOR, and an AAPOR-ASA Joint Task Force on Improving the Climate for Surveys representative. She also serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Survey Practice.