Neeraja Sathe

Senior Research Statistician


MS, Statistics, North Carolina State University
Master’s in Computer Management (MCM), Indsearch, Pune University, India
BS, Statistics, Fergusson College, India

Neeraja Sathe is a senior research statistician and program manager in RTI’s Behavioral Statistics program and has worked for more than 20 years in the field of small area estimation and for more than 10 years in the field of statistical disclosure avoidance. She is an expert in survey sampling, variable creation, weighting, data analysis, table production, small area estimation, generating public use files, and report writing. Her programming experience primarily includes SAS and SUDAAN.

Ms. Sathe currently serves as a senior research statistician for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health where she works on statistical disclosure avoidance, weighting calibration, and small area estimation. Her responsibilities include complex data manipulation, model building, statistical analysis, table production, report generation, producing person-level analysis weights, and leading the production of a public use file each year on the NSDUH. She also works on disclosure avoidance tasks to minimize the risk of respondent identification, and to produce public use files for some education studies like the Middle Grade Longitudinal Study, the High School Longitudinal Study, and the Education Longitudinal Study.

Ms. Sathe has presented at many national and international conferences. Two of her recent presentations include, Releasing microdata via public use files while protecting respondents' confidentiality which she presented in Zagreb, Croatia at the European Survey Research Association conference in 2019, and producing a public use file from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health presented in Marrakech, Morocco at the ISI World Statics Congress in 2017.

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