Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff
BARBARA A. BAILAR (Chair) is recently retired from the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and now consults on survey methodology. Immediately prior to joining NORC, she was the executive director of the American Statistical Association. Most of her career was spent at the U.S. Census Bureau where she was the associate director for Statistical Standards and Methodology. She has published numerous articles in such journals as JASA, Demography, and Survey Research Methods. She is a past president of the American Statistical Association and the International Association of Survey Statisticians, as well as a past vice president of the International Statistical Association. She is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received a Ph.D. in statistics from American University in Washington, D.C.
NANCY COLEMAN is a consultant in philanthropy, aging and policy, and she served as a program officer at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., in 2005. Previously, she was director of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging. She was an investigator for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and project director of Citizens for Better Care. She has published extensively on issues facing the elderly, including legal and financial concerns, aging, spirituality, and religion. She served as a U.S. delegate to The Hague Conference on Private International Law and helped draft an international agreement on the recognition of incapacitated adults. She also served as chair of the Social
Security Administration’s Representative Payment Advisory Committee. She received an M.S.W. and an M.S. in political science from the University of Michigan.
CATHRYN S. DIPPO retired as associate commissioner of the Office of Survey Methods Research at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor. While at BLS, she chaired the FedStats R&D Working Group and the Current Population Survey Redesign. She started the National Science Foundation/American Statistical Association/BLS Senior Research Fellow Program in the mid-1980s and the BLS Behavioral Science Research Center in the late 1980s. An office holder and member of several statistical societies, she has published a number of articles and has served as a referee for various statistical journals. She received a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from George Washington University.
CARROLL L. ESTES is professor of sociology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is the founding and former director of the Institute for Health and Aging and the former chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences of the School of Nursing at UCSF. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine. She has served as a consultant to the U.S. Commissioner of Social Security and to U.S. Senate and House committees for more than two decades. She investigates the effects of fiscal austerity and social policy on the elderly and the agencies and institutions that serve them, and her research has been published in numerous journals. She received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at San Diego.
TIMOTHY P. JOHNSON is director of the Survey Research Laboratory, professor of public administration, and research professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He teaches courses in sample design, research methodology, and multivariate statistical analysis, and he is currently serving as cochair of the university’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board. His recent work has focused on the social epidemiology of substance use and measurement errors in survey research, with an emphasis on the effects of respondent culture. He has published approximately 80 peer-reviewed papers, and he is a member of the editorial board of the journal Substance Use and Misuse. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Kentucky.
JEFFREY LUBBERS is a fellow in law and government at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he teaches administrative law and related courses. He has served in various positions with the Admin-
istrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), the U.S. government’s advisory agency on procedural improvements in federal programs. He was ACUS’ research director and developed ideas for new studies, and he assisted committees in developing recommendations from the studies on a wide variety of administrative law subjects, including the Representative Payee Program. He has also worked with congressional committees and agencies to seek implementation of ACUS recommendations and served as team leader for Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review Team on Improving Regulatory Systems. He is a member of the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
SARAH NUSSER is a professor in the Department of Statistics and affiliated with the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology at Iowa State University and she previously served as director of the Center. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), and she has served as chair of the ASA’s Survey Research Methods Section and as a member of ASA advisory committees, including the Survey Review Committee and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Advisory Group. Her research interests include computer-assisted survey methods, sample design and estimation for natural resource and social surveys, accuracy assessment of spatial databases, and social policy applications including welfare reform evaluation and estimation of dietary intake distributions. As a faculty member in the Center, she consults with a wide range of researchers on survey statistics and methodologies for conducting surveys. She received a Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa State University.
ROBERT SANTOS is senior institute methodologist at The Urban Institute in Washington, DC. His prior positions include executive vice president of NuStats, vice president of statistics and methodology at NORC at the University of Chicago, and director of survey operations at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. His professional credits include more than 40 reports and papers and leadership roles in survey research associations. He has served as a member of the Census Advisory Committee of Professional Associations and the editorial board of the Public Opinion Quarterly, and he has held numerous elected and appointed leadership positions in both the ASA and the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He is a fellow of the ASA and a recipient of the 2006 ASA Founder’s Award for excellence in survey statistics and contributions to the statistical community. He received an M.A. in statistics from the University of Michigan.
PAMELA B. TEASTER is an associate professor at the Graduate Center for Gerontology and Department of Health Behavior in the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She serves as a commissioner on the Commission on Law and Aging of the American Bar Association and is vice president of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. She is a former editor of the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Gerontology. She is an expert in adult protective services, guardianship, victimization of older women, and sexual abuse, and she has published numerous articles in scholarly journals. She received a Ph.D. in public administration and public affairs from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
CHARLES (BUD) PAUTLER (study director) has been on staff since January 2005. He was formerly the director of research of the Small Business/Self-Employed Division of the Internal Revenue Service, and previously served in three other agencies, including the U.S. Census Bureau. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from the George Washington University.
KIRSTEN WEST (senior program officer) is working at the National Academies on an Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau. Her area of expertise is census coverage error measurement. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
LINDA DePUGH (administrative assistant) has worked in a variety of capacities over a long career for many committees at the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine including the Strategic Planning Advisory Group for Education, the Committee on Scientific Principles for Education Research, the Committee on the Impact of the Changing Economy on the Education System, the Committee on Monitoring International Labor Standards, and the Committee on Analyzing the U.S. Content of Imports and Foreign Content of Exports. She has an A.A. degree in business from the Durham Business School in North Carolina.