Quantitative Health Researcher
American Institutes for Research 31 reviews - Washington, DC

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The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. Our overriding goal is to use the best science available to bring the most effective ideas and approaches to enhancing everyday life.

AIR's Health Policy Research (HPR) group specializes in research, evaluation, policy analysis, measurement, performance management, and technical assistance in the areas of health services organization, quality of care, quality of life, consumer engagement, and financing and cost of care. HPR’s major clients include the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), private foundations, and state governments.

The Health Psychometrician/Statistician will participate in the development and analysis of health care process and outcome measures in health services and clinical research. Specifically, the Psychometrician/Statistician will: a) develop process and outcome measures using classical and modern (e.g., Item Response Theory) analysis; b) program and interpret analysis in a variety of statistical and psychometric software packages, including SAS, R, and MPlus; c) prepare concise, well written, comprehensible technical reports and manuscripts describing research findings for technical and general audiences, and for clients; d) demonstrate and apply methodological knowledge to study design decisions, project activities, and reporting; e) contribute to quantitative data collection design decisions; f) support collaboration among team members, both internal and external to organization; and e) carry out project management activities, including monitoring contract timelines, reporting, and communicating with clients as appropriate.


1. Work with senior investigators to develop data analysis plans and programs using SAS, R, MPlus and other psychometric and statistical software programs in response to research requirements and to answer research questions.
2. Collaborate on the design of the best methods to display data tailored to the needs of various audiences.
3. Lead and support research projects and proposals including literature review, research design, data collection, analysis, interpretation of results and written and oral presentation of results to a variety of audiences.
4. Manage budgets and schedule and coordinate the activities of collaborating institutions, subcontractors, and consultants.
5. Manage or lead research proposals and applications for funding and contribute to writing sections of same. Assist with other development activities such as preparing capability statements or collecting information about research opportunities.
6. Write scientific and technical reports and manuscripts and create slide presentations for lay and technical audiences.

Master’s degree with 3-5 year’s experience or new PhD in quantitative psychology, sociology, biostatistics, or statistics.
• Experience programming in psychometric and statistical software, including SAS, R, MPlus, and similar languages.
• Ability to apply and interpret classical and modern (IRT, Rausch) psychometrics to develop patient- and consumer-reported measures.
• Ability to apply and interpret multivariate statistics in the analysis of data from observational, experimental, and quasi-experimental studies.
• Familiarity with observational, experimental and quasi-experimental research designs.
• Strong writing skills: ability to generate reports and manuscripts for publication. Ability to explain complex psychometric and statistical methods and findings in plain language that can be understood by general audiences and in technical language for technical experts.
• Familiarity with statistical applications software (e.g. SAS, STATA, R, PARSCALE, BILOG, MULTILOG, MPLUS, LISREL)
• Ability to manage complex projects, budgets, and schedules.

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