Lisa Carley-Baxter

Senior Survey Methodologist

Lisa Carley-Baxter


  • MA, Applied Sociology, Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University
  • BA, Sociology/Psychology, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory

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Lisa Carley-Baxter specializes in survey design, telephone survey methodology, leading large telephone surveys, and interviewer training and evaluation techniques.  Her substantive research interests center on intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual violence (SV) surveys.  She has led methodological and data collection projects on IPV and SV for the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Justice, including work with American Indian and Alaska Native populations. 

Ms. Carley-Baxter has more than 20 years of experience in social science research. She has led projects or data collection tasks for large-scale surveys relating to intimate partner and sexual violence; a diverse set of health issues, including tobacco use, drug use, and pregnancy; and college faculty. She has presented and published on mobile and landline survey design, telephone survey response rates, interviewer training, and methodological experiments involving incentives, question order, and survey context.  She has co-authored articles on coverage error, nonresponse error and nonresponse bias in telephone surveys, as well as branching instructions in self-administered questionnaires. 

She joined RTI in 2000.