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Rachel Harter

Rachel Harter

Senior Research Statistician


PhD, Statistics, Iowa State University
MS, Statistics, Iowa State University
BA, Mathematics, Wittenberg University

Rachel Harter is a senior research statistician and serves as the director for RTI’s Behavioral Statistics Program within the Division for Statistical and Data Sciences. She has more than 35 years of experience in survey statistics, and has led sampling, weighting, and imputation procedures for complex survey designs for household and establishment surveys.

Dr. Harter is currently the Director of Sampling Operations and Statistical Reports for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, where she oversees large teams of statisticians. She is also the statistical task leader for the Residential Energy Consumption Survey.  Dr. Harter works in address-based sampling and multimode sample designs, and she led the American Association for Public Opinion Research task force on address-based sampling. She has held elected office in the Survey Research Methods Section of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and is an ASA Fellow.

Dr. Harter led the consolidation of the national and international Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR) designs and served as a member of an SDR expert panel. She participated on an advisory committee to help the Bureau of Labor Statistics redesign its Current Employment Statistics program and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences panel on group quarters in the American Community Survey. Prior to joining RTI, Dr. Harter served as Vice President, Department Head, and Senior Fellow within the social science research industry.

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