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.

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

Sr Research Statistician

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

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

Sam Field, PhD

Sam Field, PhD

Sr Research Statistician

Dr. Sam Field has over twenty years of experience in statistical consulting with an emphasis on program evaluation, multi-level modeling, geospatial methods, and network analysis. He brings expertise on causal inference and bias reduction methods including propensity score analysis and instrumental variable estimation. Sam has led efforts to design complex sampling for evaluations of global health and human development programs. An advocate for transparent research practices, he recently served at the Center for Open Science (COS) to help improve credibility across a range of social-behavioral research. Sam earned his PhD in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Captain Sam is an avid sailor, has navigated the Atlantic on extended journeys, and regularly takes his family out on the lake.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Quasi-experiments and sampling
- Power analysis for complex designs
- Causal frameworks and analysis

Ashleigh Hope, PhD

Research Statistician

Dr. Ashleigh Hope is a social scientist specializing in quantitative methodologies and sociological theory. Her research has centered on health disparities, family relationships, and economic inequality. Ashleigh has substantial experience implementing and analyzing longitudinal and complex surveys. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Vanderbilt University. Prior to starting at Far Harbor, Ashleigh served as a Research Assistant in the University of Northern Colorado Social Research Lab and as a Research Consultant contracted with the United Church of Christ.

Ashleigh loves to golf, cook and hang out at the park with her husband and young daughter.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Multi-level modeling
- Structural equation modeling (path analysis)
- Family relationships and economic inequality

Tony Garcia, PhD

Tony Garcia, PhD

Research Statistician

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Garcia is a seasoned researcher with expertise in data analysis and visualization, research design, and psychological measurement. He has performed statistical analysis of large datasets in the private and public sectors. Prior to Far Harbor, Tony was a statistical programmer at the Texas Education Agency, where he served as the lead analyst on program evaluation efforts. He previously served as a research specialist at the Texas Department of State Health Services analyzing hospital claims and other public health datasets. Tony holds a BA in Sociology from Yale College and a PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Methods from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Tony enjoys reading science fiction, cooking, gardening and international travel.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Data visualization and mapping
- Longitudinal surveys
- Health disparities and economic inequality

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

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

THE X-TEAM

For that special set of skills, we call our league of super scientists.

Devrim Ikizler, PhD

Devrim Ikizler, PhD

Sr Research Economist

Pat Malone, PhD

Pat Malone, PhD

Sr Research Statistician

Rashmita Basu

Rashmita Basu, PhD

Sr Health Economist

Larry Price, PhD

Larry Price, PhD

Sr Research Statistician

Nate Marti, PhD

Sr Research Statistician

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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Keep calm and love
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+1 512.288.8052
Far Harbor
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Austin, TX 78701