Significantly Different

Analysis and Research

 

Significantly Different

Analysis and Research

 

Significantly Different

Analysis and Research

We are a friendly group of statistical consultants who help people create top-notch scientific research.

We find the best ways to answer research questions. We wrangle data into meaningful results. We communicate in simple language.

And we love what we do.

OUR SERVICES

Research Design

Drawing on years of research consulting experience, we will help you to create the right research design for your project.

Statistical Analysis

Using advanced methods to analyze your data, we help you draw good conclusions and make the best policy and program decisions.

Program Evaluation

To justify investment in your projects, we help you measure, evaluate and communicate the real-world impact of your programs.

OUR TEAM

Since starting our little firm in 2000, we’ve enjoyed consulting on research programs around the world. We specialize in statistics, population research, survey design, data visualization, and scientific writing. We’ve got geek cred, though our clients mostly appreciate our down-to-earth, easy-to-work-with professionalism.

Sound like you? Join our crew.

Philip Hastings, PhD

Principal Statistician

Dr. Philip (Phil) Hastings has provided statistical and research support to clients for over 20 years. His experience spans diverse topics from maternal & child health to behavioral and economic analysis. He brings expertise in evaluation studies and complex sampling, serving as the primary weighting statistician for several CDC surveillance projects. Phil previously served in scientific research positions for AT&T, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Singapore Aerospace. He earned his PhD in Industrial / Organizational Psychology with a concentration in statistics from the University of Houston.

Phil enjoys playing basketball, cycling, and schooling his son in games of pétanque.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Population health surveys
- Quasi-experimental design
- Complex sampling & weighting

Fei Dong, PhD

Fei Dong, PhD

Research Statistician

Dr. Fei Dong has seven years of experience in applied statistical analysis with an emphasis on population surveys. She brings deep expertise in analysis of public use data sets, including complex sample surveys like the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System and the China Health and Nutrition Survey. Her doctoral work focused on childhood nutrition and physical activity, while her post-doctoral work entailed massive data array analysis in genetic epidemiology. She earned her PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fei enjoys family hangouts, classical music, and exploring the Chicago food scene to find authentic home-style Chinese cuisine.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Population health surveys and analysis
- Nutritional epidemiology
- Stata programming

Eric Booth, MA

Eric Booth, MA

Director of Research

Eric Booth has over 15 years of experience in research, evaluation design and multilevel modeling. His publications span topics such as education policy, behavioral programs and child health. He previously served as a researcher for Gibson Consulting within the Southwest Regional Education Laboratory. He held a dual appointment at Texas A&M as Sr Research Associate in the Public Policy Research Institute, and Lecturer in Graduate Research Methods in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He earned all but his dissertation towards a doctorate in Political Science and Policy Studies from Texas Tech University.

Eric grew up on cattle ranches in the Texas panhandle and now enjoys Austin city life. He plays guitar with his band and escapes on camping trips with his wife and two dogs.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
- Evaluations for education and public policy
- Probabilistic linkage for large datasets
- Stata analysis and programming

Abel J. Koury, PhD

Abel J. Koury, PhD

Sr. Research Statistician

Dr. Abel J. Koury is a developmental psychologist with over 15 years of experience in data analysis and research design. His work is broad but unified, centering on the roles of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status in shaping life circumstances. Abel has expertise in working with large-scale, longitudinal datasets including the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study datasets (e.g., ECLS-K:2011). Abel worked at both non-profits and universities, before creating his own consulting company, Compelling Analytics. He joined Far Harbor to continue his mission of using best practice in data analysis and research design to help organizations deepen their impact through compelling storytelling. Abel earned his PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.

In his free time, Abel enjoys checking out (too many) books at the library, drinking coffee, and doing the crossword with his partner and their two dogs (the dogs are not much help).

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Secondary data analysis
- Research design and methodology
- Early childhood development and education

Jie Min, PhD

Jie Min, PhD

Research Statistician

Dr. Jie Min earned her Ph.D. in Sociology and MS in Statistics at Rice University. Jie was a research assistant with the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), investigating crucial questions grounded in the needs of education practitioners. She gained exposure to nationally representative data as well as regional assessment data provided by partner school districts, utilizing multilevel and longitudinal quantitative methods. Jie was a 2019-2020 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation fellow, and won the John W. Gardner Award for the Best Dissertation in Social Sciences.

In her free time, Jie enjoys watching documentaries and traveling.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Multilevel modeling
- Longitudinal analysis
- Quasi-experimental design

Joe Pirozzolo, PhD

Research Statistician

Dr. Joseph (Joe) Pirozzolo received his PhD in Developmental, Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Houston. In his graduate training he was advised by Drs. Donald Foss and David Francis and worked in the Texas Institute for Measurement Evaluation and Statistics (TIMES). Joe has experience in experimental and quasi-experimental research design, multi-level modeling, and item response theory, as well as content expertise in human learning, memory, and instruction. He has published in the Journal of Educational Psychology and presented at several scientific conferences including meetings of the Psychonomic Society and the Society for Research in Child Development.

Joe loves sports, especially baseball, which he played at St. Edward’s University in Austin. In his spare time, Joe analyzes baseball statistics and presents his findings to the modest audience of his wife and young daughter.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Multi-level modeling
- Item response theory
- Memory, cognition, and human learning

Ella Puga

Ella Puga, MPH

Public Health Research Specialist

Ella Puga has sixteen years of experience in public health epidemiology at the community and state level. She has wide expertise in statistics and analysis with public use data sets, including complex sample surveys like the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, as well as Census Bureau products like the Decennial Census and American Community Survey. She earned her Master in Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Prior to Far Harbor, Ella worked in the Office of Health Affairs at the University of Texas System and the Center for Health Statistics at the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Ella is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player and enjoys traveling with her family.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Medical claims data analysis
- Public health surveillance
- Data cleaning and weighting

Pat Malone, PhD

Pat Malone, PhD

Sr Research Statistician

Pat Malone has worked in quantitative psychology for 25 years. His specific research topics in methodology include longitudinal modeling, analysis with latent variables, and analysis of mediated or indirect effects, with an interest in modern methods for causal inference. Pat has worked substantively in the areas of clinical child development, education policy, substance use and abuse, and adolescent health risk behaviors, among others. He has held affiliations with Duke University, the RAND Corporation, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as been tenured faculty in quantitative psychology at the University of South Carolina. He earned his PhD in social psychology with a minor in research methods and statistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

In his free time, Pat enjoys reading science fiction, fantasy, and crime fiction and spending time with his wife and son and Hudson their Welsh Springer Spaniel.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Longitudinal analysis
- Latent variable modeling
- Mediation analysis

Jason Rose, PhD

Director of Research

Dr. Jason Rose has over 20 years of practical and academic experience in education and child development research. Prior to joining Far Harbor, Jason served as Sr Executive Director of Research & Evaluation with Detroit Public Schools Community District. His career in education research includes direct experience as a classroom teacher, school-level leader, university-based academic researcher, and non-profit/philanthropic sector leader. Jason earned his doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with advanced analytic training at the Institute of Education Studies/National Center for Education Statistics. Postdoctoral fellowships included Penn State University and Harvard University's Strategic Data Project. Jason has presented at the American Educational Research Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, and sxswEDU.

In his spare time Jason enjoys family time and fishing, golfing, and coaching on his young sons' baseball teams.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- P-20 program evaluation design & interpretation
- Child development research & program evaluation
- Multilevel modeling & factor analysis

Namrata Sanjeevi, PhD

Namrata Sanjeevi, PhD

Research Statistician

Dr. Namrata (Nami) Sanjeevi has research experience in maternal and child health, health promotion, childhood obesity, chronic disease prevention and management, and nutrition policies and programs. She has developed expertise in experimental and survey methods, meta-analysis, and complex statistical analyses using large-scale, nationally representative data sets. She received her PhD in Nutrition with a Portfolio in Applied Statistical Modeling from the University of Texas at Austin, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Nami is a yoga fanatic and enjoys hiking the outdoors with her family, reading books and learning Spanish.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Meta-analysis
- Nutrition policies and programs
- Survey methods and analyses

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Blue Foot, BB

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Spanish explorers nicknamed this bird 'bobo' (foolish). And yet somehow the species managed to figure out gender equality. This proud blue-footed daddy splits his time in equal measure with his partner: raising the kids, going fishing and dancing. Google it!

What's with the name Far Harbor? Well the principal enjoys tales from the golden age of discovery with intrepid scientists voyaging to distant lands. In fact he shot this photo at a far harbor visited by Charles Darwin. Nowadays the descendants of those scientists make discoveries across new oceans (of data)...

Haiden Maples, BA

Haiden Maples, BA

Exec Asst / Research Coordinator

Ms. Haiden Maples is an honors graduate of UT, earning a double major in Psychology and Hindi Studies. While at UT she became Vice President of the local chapter of the National Association of Mental Illness with many responsibilities of budget, membership and conference coordination. She completed an internship with Dr. Michael Brooks performing editorial work on books and blogs for Psychology Today. Haiden also traveled internationally to India for immersive language study in Hindi. In addition to her interest in Hindi literature, she developed and ran an after-school program for newly transplanted Nepali refugee children in her local community.

Haiden enjoys cooking healthy vegetarian dishes, traveling to exotic locales, and teaching yoga.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Editorial and communications
- Administrative systems
- Community action

THE X-TEAM

For a particular set of skills we call our league of super scientists.

Devrim Ikizler, PhD

Devrim Ikizler, PhD

Sr Research Economist

Ashleigh Hope, PhD

Research Statistician

Larry Price, PhD

Larry Price, PhD

Sr Research Statistician

Julie Paasche

Julie Paasche

Sr Survey Researcher

Sam Field, PhD

Sam Field, PhD

Sr Research Statistician

Katherine Grooms, PhD

Katie Grooms, PhD

Sr Research Economist

Nate Marti, PhD

Sr Research Statistician

Charles Lindsey, PhD

Charles Lindsey, PhD

Sr ML Statistician

Michael J Mahometa, PhD

Michael J. Mahometa, PhD

Sr Research Statistician

Rashmita Basu

Rashmita Basu, PhD

Sr Health Economist

OUR CLIENTS

For over twenty years we’ve earned a reputation for excellence among government, nonprofit, and private-sector clients. Our firm is registered with Dunn and Bradstreet, the US Small Business Association and the US Central Contractor Registry. We are also proud members of the American Statistical Association and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Far Harbor
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Austin, TX 78701