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Doug Currivan

Director, Program for Research in Survey Methodology


PhD, Sociology, University of Iowa
MA, Industrial Relations, University of Iowa
BA, Industrial Relations, University of Iowa

Doug Currivan oversees the technical, strategic and staffing aspects of RTI’s Program for Research in Survey Methodology, or PRISM. PRISM plays a central role in RTI’s efforts to continually improve the survey research process by identifying and resolving methodological, measurement, and data collection issues.

Dr. Currivan is an expert in maximizing response rates, measuring sensitive behaviors, and assessing interviewer effects on data quality. He has contributed to many of RTI’s major projects on public health, including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Independent Evaluation of the New York State Comprehensive Tobacco Use, Prevention, and Control Program, and the California Health Interview Survey, which is the nation’s largest state health survey.

Before coming to RTI in 2003, Dr. Currivan was a senior research fellow at the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts–Boston for five years. He is an adjunct professor for the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland and the Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the American Statistical Association.

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