National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Jennifer Madans, PhD

Acting Director, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Jennifer H. Madans, PhD is the Acting Director for the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). She served as the NCHS Associate Director for Science, from May 1996 to January 2019, where she was responsible for the overall plan and development of NCHS’s data collection and analysis programs. Since Dr. Madans joined the Center, she has concentrated her research efforts on data collection methodology, measurement of health and functioning and health services research. She is a founding member and has been the chair of the steering committees for three UN sponsored initiatives to develop internationally comparable measures of disability and health, including the Washington Group on Disability Statistics, a city group under the auspices of the UN Statistical Commission. Dr. Madans is a graduate of Bard College (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.A. and Ph.D., Sociology). She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University. She has served as an adjunct Associate Professor in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine and in the Department of Demography at Georgetown. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and served as a Vice President of the International Association of Official Statistics. Dr. Madans received the 2015 Roger Herriot Award for Innovation in Federal Statistics from the American Statistical Association and the 2016 Excellence in Public Service Award from the Population Association of American.

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