Our Mission

This is an interdisciplinary community of faculty and students interested in methodological research in relation to applications in social, behavioral, and health sciences.  

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We bring together:

  •  a collection of programs in quantitative research methodology
  • Faculty members seek to develop and apply advanced methods for research in social and behavioral sciences
  • promote innovative research ideas and tools with broad applications,
  • conduct high-quality workshop series
  • offer a wide range of courses on research methods
  • provide excellent opportunities for research and teaching apprenticeships for talented students

Our goals are to create an intellectual niche, exchange research ideas, facilitate research collaborations, share teaching resources, enhance the training of students, and generate a collective impact on the University of Chicago campus and beyond.

Committee Orientation and Reception 9/27

The Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Science will hold an Orientation and reception on Thursday September 27, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM in Saieh Hall room 021. The purpose of this event is to provide an overview of quantitative methods courses offered this year on the campus, introduce students to the Committee faculty and their ongoing research, and create an opportunity for networking with faculty and with students at various stages of their academic programs. Light refreshments will be served. Here is the full schedule:

1:00-1:30 PM Orientation for MAPPSS QMSA students ONLY
1:30-3:00 PM Orientation and reception for ALL interested graduate students
1:30-2:00 PM Quantitative Methods courses overview
2:00-2:30 PM Meet with the Quantitative Methods Committee Faculty
2:30-3:00 PM Reception

Click here for Quantitative Methods Course Information 2018-2019 


Latest News and Announcements

2019 AERA Division D: Outstanding Dissertation Award goes to Xu Qin

Xu Qin (Ph.D., 2018, Department of comparative Human Development University of Chicago) is the recipient of the 2019 AERA Division D: Outstanding Dissertation Award. The title of her dissertation is "Causal Mediation Analysis in Multisite Trials with an Evaluation of the Job Corps Program."

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Professor Anthony Fowler Debunks Published Finding about Shark Attack effects on voting

Professor Anthony Fowler published 4 peer-reviewed papers in 2018 including a prominent one, that debunked a published finding stating that shark attacks influence voting behavior and therefore voters irrationally respond to irrelevant events. Professor Fowler along with his coauthor, debunked the finding using a number of different methods.  To read the published works please click the links below:

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Professor Stephen W. Raudenbush and colleagues recognized by SREE

The Society of Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) recognized Stephen W. Raudenbush and his co-authors, Howard S. Bloom, Michael J. Weiss and Kristen Porter as the recipients of a 2017 Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, Oustanding Article Award for Methodological Paper: Using Multisite Experiments to Study Cross-Site Variation in Treatment Effects: A Hybrid Approach with Fixed Intercepts and a Random Treatment Coefficient. 

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Professor Robert Gibbons and Colleagues Receive two Large NIH Statistical Grants to Study Suicide

Professor Robert Gibbons and colleagues received two large grants to study suicide risk and prevention: Harnessing Computerized Adaptive Testing, Transdiagnostic Theories of Suicidal Behavior, and Machine Learning to Advanced Assessment of Suicidal Youth (EASY) and also Synthesis of Trials to Prevent Suicide Risk Behavior in Sexual and Gender Minorities.  To find out more about these projects please click the titles below. 

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Monika Nalepa receives National Science Foundation Award

Monika Nalepa, Associate Professor of Political Science received the National Science Foundation Award for the study, Transitional Justice and the Quality of Political Representation: Testing the Empirical Implications of a Formal Model. Congratulations to Professor Nalepa! You can read more here: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1658170&HistoricalAwards=false

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Colm O'Muircheartaigh recieves Monroe G. Sirken Award

Colm O'Muircheartaigh, Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy and Senior Fellow at NORC won the much deserved Monroe G. Sirken Award in Interdisciplinary Survery Methods Research from the American Statistical Association. 

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Professor John Brehm Wins Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award

The Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards, believed to be theh nation's oldest prize for undergraduate teaching, reflect the College's commitment to honor inspiring teachers. The Faculty Awards for Exellence in Graudate Teaching and Mentoring recoginize tenure-track and tenured faculty in the Biological Scienes, Divinity School, Humanities, Institute for Molecular Engineering, Physical Science and Social Sciences. 

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Xu Qin selected for a 2016 JSM Student Paper Award

Xu Qin (fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago, COE fellow, and Predoctoral Fellow for Research Methods in Education and Human Development) has been selected for a 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings Student Paper Award by the Social Statistics Section, the Government Statistics Section, and the Survey Research Methods Section of the American Statistical Association.

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Faculty Wanted to have their Statistical Problems Solved

Faculty Wanted to have their Statistical Problems Solved

Target Audience FACULTY (of interest mainly to faculty regardless of department and specialization)

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The 2013/2014 Workshops on Quantitative Methods in Education, Health and the Social Sciences (QMEHSS)

The Workshop on Quantitative Research Methods in Education, Health, and Social Sciences serves as an important venue on the University of Chicago campus for building an intellectual community of colleagues who share methodological interests. Workshop participants meet biweekly to discuss working papers and brainstorm solutions to methodological problems encountered in ongoing research.

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