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David C Hunter

David Hunter

Senior Director, Applied Social Sciences


MS, General-Experimental Psychology, Villanova University
BA, Psychology, Wake Forest University

David Hunter is a senior program director with over 20 years of experience in designing, managing, and serving as a senior advisor on multimillion-dollar federal surveys.

Mr. Hunter is currently the project director on one of RTI’s largest research projects, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). NSDUH provides yearly estimates of tobacco use, alcohol use, illicit drug use, nonmedical use of prescription drugs, prevalence of mental illness, substance abuse treatment use, and mental health care and services use. In this role, he guides all aspects of the project, including questionnaire development, data collection materials development, staff recruitment and training, sample selection and weighting, data collection, data processing, editing, imputation, data file preparation, data analysis, reporting on survey results, and methodological analyses.

Mr. Hunter holds a graduate certificate in survey methodology, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and has completed graduate coursework in research design, survey sampling, focus groups, questionnaire design, mixed-mode (telephone, in-person, and web) data collection methods, and nonresponse analysis. He has published in books and peer-reviewed journals on the impact of survey incentives on response rates, costs, and quality and the calibration of mental health disorder diagnosis. In addition, he has presented and published in conference proceedings on adaptive total design, address-based sampling, nonresponse, improving survey data collection using new technologies and paradata, and data mining and audit trail analysis to assess data quality. He also has served as an author on over 25 technical reports on survey procedures and findings.

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