The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks.
-- Douglas Adams
I spent the first five years of my career working as a research analyst in academic and market research settings, and am still available for contract research work, either qualitative or quantitative in nature. Here are some of the projects I've been involved with
Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine (with Creative Communication Associates): Designed a quantitative telephone survey to be administered to Catholics in the state of Maine, to determine their giving behavior to the Bishop's Appeal, an annual request for funds. Supervised the administration of the telephone instruments. Performed primary and secondary analysis of all data. Created a report and presented findings to the Bishop of Portland and his staff.
As a Strategic Research Analyst at Carnegie Communications of Westford, MA:
Central State University - Branding Survey
Columbia College Chicago - Potential Donor Research
Fairmont State University - Branding Study
Heidelberg College - Branding Study
South Texas College of Law - Focus Groups with Internal and External Audiences
SUNY Canton - Branding Study
At Brandeis University:
Here I worked with the Lifespan Development and Memory & Cognition Labs as a research assistant and data steward to MIDUS (Midlife in the U.S.), an NIH-funded longitudinal study of cognitive aging. I was responsible for the storage and processing of the audio files of close to 3,000 cognitive tests administered by telephone. Together with other employees, I developed scoring algorithms for these cognitive tests, and trained student employees in their use. I was also integral in numerous reliability and accuracy tests of the instruments we used. I assisted the primary investigators with data analysis (often developing complex hierarchical multiple linear regression models), article writing and submission, and poster presentations. As needed, I also helped with other projects going on in the labs, in one instance using my programming skills to facilitate the processing of psychophysiological data.