Senior Technical Specialist November 2008 to September 2017ICF International － Fairfax, VA
Provided subject matter expertise as a research methodologist and statistical analyst Designed paper- and web-based survey instruments for government clients Administered nationally representative and targeted surveys Conducted cognitive and exploratory interviews Performed descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, including factor analysis, linear regression, logistic regression, structural equation modeling, latent class analysis, and other predictive analyses Managed work assignments for technical staff including statisticians and survey methodologists Prepared technical research responses to requests for proposals Programmed survey and data collection software Supervised mid- and junior-level staff Surveyed almost 40,000 active duty service personnel, analyzed the data, and published results from the 2011 Health Related Behaviors Survey of Active Duty Military Personnel (HRB) Managed and prepared a follow-up study of sexual assault and suicide risk using data from the 2011 HRB for the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office and the Defense Suicide Prevention Office Consulted with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau on a methodological review of the National Survey of Children's Health instrument redesign Lead the technical team for the Nonprofit Research Activities Survey for the National Science Foundation by conducting exploratory and cognitive interviews, designing the survey instrument, and coordinating administrative and reporting activities Completed a study examining non-response bias in the AmeriCorps Member Exit Survey for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Developed a software system for data collection, quality assurance, warehousing, and reporting using Microsoft Excel and Visual Basic for Applications for the Election Assistance Commission Lead the analysis of the 2011 and 2012 National Preparedness Survey data for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
RMC Research Research Associate January 2007 to October 2008Arlington, VA
Assisted in evaluating multiple education programs for state and district education clients Developed evaluation methodology Designed survey instruments for education clients Conducted targeted education surveys, in-person interviews, and focus groups Performed quantitative and qualitative analyses for evaluation reports Selected projects: Designed and developed an automated reporting system for the 2008 Stanford Achievement Test-Reading First edition as part of an evaluation of the Virginia Statewide Reading First Program Assisted with the evaluation of the Smaller Learning Communities project in Anne Arundel, Maryland Public Schools Designed and programmed the web-based data collection tool for the evaluation of the Ohio Project Models Project for the Ohio Department of Education.
Litton PRC Computer Engineer October 1997 to August 2000McLean, VA
Assisted in the research and development of a new distributed network modeling and simulation toolkit for verification and validation.
Developed computer models and simulations using C++ and Java for the purpose of testing and demonstrating the proof of concept Supported the integration of computer models and simulations as well as the toolkit in the development of the U.S.
Navy DD-21 destroyer program.
Doctor of Philosophy : Human Ecology (Child & Family Studies), 12/2005University of Tennessee － KnoxvilleHuman Ecology (Child & Family Studies) Dissertation: Father Perspectives on the Relationship Between Family-Centered Practices and Empowerment Outcomes in Early Intervention
Master of Social Work : 5/1997University of － South Carolina, Columbia
Bachelor of Science : Psychology Family and Child Development, 5/1995Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University － BlacksburgPsychology Family and Child Development
Proven research consultant and senior manager with more than 10 years of experience in survey methodology and statistical data analysis. Adept with client communication and collaboration especially in determining needs and identifying solutions through data collection and analysis. Accomplished technical staff supervisor and mentor.
Coa, K., Wiseman, K., Higgins, W.B., & Augustson, E. (2018). Associations between engagement and outcomes in the SmokefreeTxt program: A growth mixture modeling analysis. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Advanced Access. Uekawa, K., Higgins, W.B., Golenbock, S., Mack, A. R., & Bellamy, N. D., (2016). Psychometric Properties of Disaster Event Reaction Items from the Crisis Counseling Individual/Family Encounter Log. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (12). DOI: 10.1017/dmp.2016.60 Higgins, W.B., Welch, R., Tortora, R., & Vladutiu, C. (May 13, 2016). Best Practice Instrument and Communications Evaluation: An Examination of the national Survey of Children's Health Redesign. Paper presented at the America Association of Public Opinion Research Annual Conference, Austin, TX. Higgins, W.B. & Pflieger, J. C. (November 20, 2013). Selected Findings from the 2011 Health Related Behaviors Survey of Active Duty Military Personnel. Invited session at the Military Health System Speaker Series, Falls Church, VA. Higgins, W.B., Pflieger, J. C., Barlas, F. M., Jeffery, D., Mattiko, M., Diniega, B., & Forsythe, M., (November 2-6, 2013). Differences in Self-Reported Episodic Drinking and Feeling Drunk in the U.S. Military. Poster presented at the American Public Health Association Conference, Boston, MA. Higgins, W.B., Pflieger, J. C., Barlas, F. M., Jeffery, D., Mattiko, M., Diniega, B., Forsythe, M., & Klette, K. (May 28-31, 2013). Perceived Damage to Career as a Barrier to Utilization of Mental Health Services for Active Duty Personnel with High Posttraumatic Stress or Possible Traumatic Brain Injury. Poster presented at the Society of Prevention Re-search Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. Higgins, W.B., Barlas, F. M., Pflieger, J. C., Thomas, R. K., Mattiko, M., Jeffery, D., & Wessels, K. (May 16-19, 2013). Alone in a Group: Comparison of Effects of a Group-Administered Paper-Pencil Survey Versus an Individually-Administered Web-based Survey on Perceptions of Culture, Peer Pressures, and Stigma. Paper presented at the American Association of Public Opinion Researchers Annual Conference, Boston, MA. Nordquist, V. M., Higgins, W.B., Barber, B. K., Dolezal, J. M., Olsen, J. A., & Coulter, F. W. (March 27, 2006). Family-Centered Practices & Empowerment Outcomes for Parents of Young Children with Disabilities. Paper presented during the Oxford Round Table At Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, Oxford, England. Barber, B. K. & Higgins, W.B. (2004, December). The Connection with Adult Caregiver Tool: Statistical Analyses of Data from Adolescents in Malawi and Jamaica. Report to UNICEF.
Data analysis and interpretation
Military health & behavior
Children's health & development
Disaster preparedness SPSS, Excel (including Visual Basic for Applications)
Proficient with MPlus, SAS, R, and SQL
Quantitative analysis: linear regression, logistic regression, factor analysis, latent class analysis, structural equation modeling
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Doctor of Philosophy : Human Ecology (Child & Family Studies) , 12/2005 Master of Social Work : 5/1997 Bachelor of Science : Psychology Family and Child Development , 5/1995
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