Faculty Profile

Brady West

Brady Thomas West, PhD

Research Professor, Department of Biostatistics
Research Professor, Survey Methodology Program (Institute for Social Research)
I am a Research Professor in the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus. I also have a joint appointment in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. I conduct original research in survey methodology, applied statistics, and public health, and provide technical expertise on research design and statistical analysis to researchers all over the world.

  • PhD, Survey Methodology, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2011
  • MA, Applied Statistics, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2002
  • BS, Statistics, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2001

My current research interests include the implications of measurement error in auxiliary variables and survey paradata for survey estimation, selection bias in surveys, responsive/adaptive survey design, interviewer effects, and multilevel regression models for clustered and longitudinal data.

Research Projects
  • Health and Retirement Study (co-I, Associate Director)
  • Network for Advancing Methodological Research in Longitudinal Studies of Aging (MPI)
  • Methodologies for Adapting and Personalizing Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Services for SUD and HIV (MAPS Center) (Pilot Project PI)
  • Novel Computational and Statistical Approaches to Regression Problems in the Presence of Linkage Errors (co-I)
  • Consortium Coordinating Center for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research on COVID-19 (co-I)
  • A New Population-Scale Approach for the Study of Psychological Stress in the Transition to Adulthood (co-I)
  • Intergenerational Influences on Marriage, Contraception and Childbearing (co-I)
  • Modernizing NCSES Data Collection Approaches (co-I)
  • A More Efficient Web-Based Approach to Collecting National Family, Fertility and Reproductive Health Data (PI)
  • Evaluation of the National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS), contract with USDA-ERS (Local PI)
  • Michigan Research Infrastructure for Population Sciences (PI: Sarah Burgard)
  • Trajectories of Nonmedical Prescription Drug Misuse (PI: Sean McCabe)

West, B.T., Little, R.J.A., Andridge, R.R., Boonstra, P.S., Ware, E.B., Pandit, A., and Alvarado-Leiton, F. (2021). Assessing Selection Bias in Regression Coefficients Estimated from Non-Probability Samples, with Applications to Genetics and Demographic Surveys. Annals of Applied Statistics, 15(3), 1556-1581.

West, B.T. and Blom, A.G. (2017). Explaining Interviewer Effects: A Research Synthesis. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 5(2), 175-211.

Heeringa, S.G., West, B.T., and Berglund, P.A. (2017). Applied Survey Data Analysis, Second Edition. Chapman Hall / CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL.

West, B.T., Sakshaug, J.W., and Aurelien, G.A.S. (2016). How Big of a Problem is Analytic Error in Secondary Analyses of Survey Data? PLoS ONE, 11(6), e0158120. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158120.

West, B.T., Welch, K.B. and Galecki, A.T. (with Contributions from Brenda W. Gillespie) (2022). Linear Mixed Models: A Practical Guide using Statistical Software, Third Edition. Chapman Hall / CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL.

460 Thompson
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1248

Email: bwest@umich.edu
Phone: 734-647-4615

Areas of Expertise: Biostatistics,  Modeling,  Social Epidemiology