Conference Notes

The full Eleventh Conference on Health and Survey Research Methods (HSRMC) program is now available. The slides and notes from each presentation, discussion, and keynote are embedded for download within the program.


The Eleventh Conference on Health Survey Research Methods (HSRMC) will continue the series that began in 1975 to discuss new, innovative survey research methods that improve the quality of health survey data. The HSRMC will bring together researchers from various disciplines who are at the forefront of survey methods research, who are responsible for major health surveys, and who use survey data to develop health policy.

Past Proceedings

The summary of events for the Eleventh conference is now available. The proceedings from past conferences are also available on the HSRM site.


Williamsburg VA was the site for the Health Survey Research Methods Conference in March 2020. It was the third time Williamsburg hosted the event in its 45-year history. Just a short walk from the historic district, the Williamsburg Lodge offers many amenities and provides several on-site venues for conference attendees to meet informally or just relax.

Conference attendance was limited to approximately 70 invited individuals who presented papers, chaired sessions, discussed presentations and the state of knowledge in specific areas, and served as rapporteurs. Food and lodging costs were covered for some attendees while some attendees were sponsored by their home organizations.

The steering group is working with the journal, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP) for the publication of select papers presented at the conference. The goal is to publish a special issue of the journal in fall 2020.

Wednesday, March 4 – Saturday, March 7, 2020
Banquet Room

Keynote Speakers

Robert Furberg

Robert Furberg

Sr. Clinical Informaticist in RTI International’s Digital Health and Clinical Informatics program

Robert Furberg conducts future-oriented research on technology-enabled health behavior change interventions. He receives support from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for work that explores how sensor-based biometric data can be used to better support both individualized prevention strategies and public health surveillance. Under Dr. Furberg’s leadership, RTI has contributed several highly cited on wearable device performance, data quality, research methods, and data management. In addition to his scientific responsibilities, Dr. Furberg serves as a committee member on RTI’s Institutional Review Board and several data standards working groups for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and Consumer Technology Association.

Kristen Olson

Kristen Olson

Leland J. and Dorothy H. Olson Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Kristen Olson’s research examines interviewer effects, paradata, the intersection of nonresponse and measurement errors, within-household selection in self-administered surveys, survey costs, and questionnaire design. Her research has appeared in journals including Public Opinion Quarterly, the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, Sociological Methodology, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, Sociological Methods and Research, Social Science Research, the Journal of Official Statistics, and Field Methods, among others. She is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Olson has a B.A. degree in mathematical methods in the social sciences and sociology from Northwestern University, an M.S. degree in survey methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Ph.D. in survey methodology from the University of Michigan.

Philip Resnik

Philip Resnik

Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, Director of the University of Maryland Computational linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP) Laboratory

Philip Resnik’s research focuses on computational linguistics, with interests both in the application of natural language processing techniques to practical problems such as machine translation and sentiment analysis, and in the modeling of human linguistic processes (especially related to lexical semantics). His general research agenda for language technology is to improve the state of the art by finding the right balance between knowledge-free statistical modeling and linguistically informed techniques -- and in so doing, to obtain a better scientific understanding of human language itself.

In Memoriam

John Loft

John Loft

On August 5, 2019, John Loft passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. John actively supported the Health Survey Research Methods conference series, most recently serving as a member of the Steering Committee for the 11th HSRM conference in March 2020 during the initial planning stages.

John also served as the AAPOR Standards Chair 2016-2017 and Co-Chair of Current Knowledge and Considerations Regarding Survey Refusals Task Force in 2013-2014. He served on MAPOR's Board from 2004-2006 and as conference chair in 2007. In November 2018, John was awarded the prestigious MAPOR Fellows Award.

John began his career at the National Opinion Research Center after graduating from the University of Chicago with a PhD in sociology. He held leadership positions at the American Medical Association, Abt Associates, and RTI International, where he served as principal scientist for the past 20 years.

Over his 40 years in social science research, John contributed to some of the nation’s most important health services research: National Ambulatory Care Surveys, National Survey of Residential Care Facilities, and, more recently, the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey – Medical Provider Component. In the 1990s, John was also part of the core team that helped launch the National Immunization Survey, one of the bedrock health surveillance systems of the Public Health Service. John published in Public Opinion Quarterly, the Handbook of Health Survey Methods, and other journals.