Board of Scientific Counselors – Members

John Lumpkin

BSC Chair, John R. Lumpkin, M.D., M.P.H., is president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation since 2019, and vice president of Drivers of Health Strategy for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and as chair of Digital Bridge, a multisector forum to collaborate on solutions for a nationally consistent and sustainable approach to using electronic health data for public health. Most recently, Lumpkin served as senior vice president of programs for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Before joining RWJF in 2003, he served as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health for 12 years. Lumpkin is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American College of Medical Informatics. Among his previous leadership positions, he is past chairman of the board of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and past chairman of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. His many distinctions and honors include the Arthur McCormack Excellence and Dedication in Public Health Award from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award. He earned his M.D. and B.M.S. degrees from Northwestern University Medical School, and his M.P.H. from the University of Illinois School Of Public Health. He was also the first African American person trained in emergency medicine in the country after completing his residency at the University of Chicago.

Term: 11/20/2018 – 05/31/2022

Mollyann Brodie

Mollyann Brodie, Ph.D., is executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and executive director of KFF’s Public Opinion and Survey Research Program. As COO, Dr. Brodie oversees KFF’s budgeting, human resources, facilities management, and executive operations of the President’s Office and Board of Trustees. As executive director, she oversees KFF’s polling work, including the monthly Health Tracking Poll and ongoing survey partnerships with news media organizations. A distinguished public opinion scholar, Dr. Brodie’s research focuses on understanding the U.S. public’s views and knowledge on health care policy issues, and the role of opinion in health policy debates. Her research has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association; New England Journal of Medicine; Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law; and Health Affairs. She is co-editor of the book American Public Opinion and Health Care. Dr. Brodie is a former president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the 2018 recipient of the Roper Center’s Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research. She received an M.S. in health policy and management and a Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University.

Term: 09/30/2021 – 05/31/2025

Kennon Copeland

Kennon R. Copeland, Ph.D., is a senior fellow in the Statistics and Data Science Department for NORC at the University of Chicago, where he has worked for 14 years. Copeland has more than 45 years of experience in sample design, weighting methods, and error measurement methods for large-scale household, establishment, and health care surveys. Copeland is a fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Copeland began his career with the federal government, first at the U.S. Census Bureau, then at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For 17 years prior to joining NORC, Copeland was the senior director for statistical services at IMS Health.

Copeland received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He has published articles in various statistical and health care journals, has taught short courses at the Fifth International Conference on Establishment Surveys and the Federal Reserve Board, and has presented papers at professional conferences on survey design, methodology, and research topics.

Term: 06/01/2019 – 05/31/2023

Tara Das

Tara Das, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.L.I.S., is the state registrar and director of vital statistics at the Texas Department of State Health Services. She oversees the Texas vital statistics system, including reporting, registration, issuance, preservation, and analysis of birth and death records. She was previously the government information librarian at Columbia University, and the director in the Office of the Registrar of the Bureau of Vital Statistics at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Das has a joint Ph.D. in anthropology and political science from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.P.H. in quantitative methods from Harvard University, and an M.L.I.S. in archives and special collections from Pratt Institute. She received her B.S. in policy analysis from Cornell University.

Term: 09/30/2021 – 05/31/2025

Scott Holan

Scott H. Holan, Ph.D., is a statistics professor at the University of Missouri and has a Ph.D. in statistics from Texas A&M University. His research expertise includes dependent data modeling (spatial, spatio-temporal, functional, and multivariate, among others), Bayesian methods, official statistics, and survey methodology. Additionally, he has served as a senior research fellow in the Research and Methodology Directorate at the U.S. Census Bureau and in the Office of Survey Methods Research at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and an elected fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Dr. Holan was a previous co-awardee of the Statistical Partnerships Among Academe, Industry, and Government Award  and is currently co-editor-in-chief of the International Statistical Review.

Term: 06/01/2019 – 05/31/2023

V Joseph Hotz

V. Joseph Hotz, Ph.D., is the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Duke University. His research includes the economics of the family, economic demography, labor economics, population health, and applied econometrics. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute on Aging. He is principal investigator of the Add Health Parent Study, a study of intergenerational linkages in health, cognition, and economic well-being between parents and their adult children; and the Great Smoky Mountains Study of Rural Aging, which examines aging at midlife in rural America. Hotz received his B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an elected fellow of the Econometric Society, Society of Labor Economists, and International Association of Applied Econometrics.

Term: 09/29/2021 – 05/31/2025

Helen Levy

Helen Levy, Ph.D., is a research professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, School of Public Health, and Ford School of Public Policy. She is an associate director of the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal study of health and economic dynamics at older ages. Her research interests include the causes and consequences of lacking health insurance, evaluation of public health insurance programs, and material hardship among older adults. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and served as a senior economist to the President’s Council of Economic Advisers for 2010–2011. She received a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

Term: 12/13/2018 – 05/31/2022

Bradley Malin

Bradley Malin, Ph.D., is the vice chair for research affairs in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics, and Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. He is the founder and codirector of the Vanderbilt Health Data Science Center, as well as a Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Research. His research focuses on developing infrastructure to support the collection, analysis, and sharing of biomedical data to comply with organizational and legal requirements. He has developed numerous methods to perform reidentification risk assessment and deidentification of data drawn from various types of settings, including surveys, electronic medical records, and genome sequencies. Dr. Malin has received numerous awards, including election to the National Academy of Medicine for his work in biomedical informatics.

Term: 12/01/2020 – 05/31/2024

Sally Morton

Sally C. Morton, Ph.D., is a statistician and the executive vice president of Arizona State University’s Knowledge Enterprise, where she advances the University’s research priorities; leads its transdisciplinary institutes and initiatives; and drives corporate engagement, economic development, global initiatives, strategic partnerships, and technology transfer.

Dr. Morton has been a leader in both the academy and industry, including as dean of the College of Science at Virginia Tech; as vice president for statistics and epidemiology at RTI International; and as head of the RAND Corporation’s Statistics Group. She is a former president of the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Morton is internationally recognized in the use of evidence synthesis in health care. She focuses particularly on patient-centered comparative effectiveness research to help patients, their families, and providers make more-informed health care decisions.

Dr. Morton received a Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford University, where she also earned M.S. and B.S. degrees, and she holds an MS.c. in statistics from the London School of Economics.

Term: 06/01/2019 – 05/31/2023

Lucila Ohno-Machado

Lucila Ohno-Machado, M.D., M.B.A., Ph.D., received her medical degree from the University of São Paulo and her doctoral degree in medical information sciences and computer science from Stanford University. She is associate dean for informatics and technology, and the founding chair of the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Health Department of Biomedical Informatics, where she leads a group of faculty with diverse backgrounds in medicine, nursing, informatics, and computer science. Also, she is the principal investigator for the California Precision Medicine Consortium for the National Institutes of Health All of Us Research Program. Prior to her current position, she was a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and was affiliated with the MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Ohno-Machado is an elected member of the American College of Medical Informatics, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the National Academy of Medicine. She served as editor-in-chief for the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association from 2011 to 2018. She directs the patient-centered Scalable National Network for Effectiveness Research, a large clinical data research network covering more than 30 million patients and 12 health care systems, and was one of the founders of UC-Research eXchange, a clinical data research network that connected the data warehouses of the five University of California medical centers. She was the director of the NIH-funded National Center for Biomedical Computing iDASH (integrating Data for Analysis, ‘anonymization,’ and Sharing), based at UCSD, with collaborators in multiple institutions, as well as other NIH-funded consortia and research projects. Her research focuses on privacy-preserving distributed analytics for health care and biomedical sciences. She has received numerous awards for innovations in biomedical informatics.

Term: 12/01/2020 – 05/31/2024

Andy Peytchev

Andy Peytchev, Ph.D., is an RTI fellow and a senior survey methodologist. Previously, he was a research assistant professor in the Survey Methodology Program at the University of Michigan. His recent research includes work on split questionnaire design, multiframe and multiphase study design, adaptive and responsive survey designs, augmentation of survey samples with external data and evaluation of their properties, improvement of weighting adjustments, and multiple imputation for unit nonresponse and measurement error. He has lectured on and participated in expert panels to inform the design of major national surveys, including the National Academies of Sciences panel on the Consumer Expenditure Surveys. He has served as associate editor for Survey Practice and Public Opinion Quarterly, and as Standards Committee chair for the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He holds an M.S. degree in survey research and methodology from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in survey methodology from the University of Michigan.

Term: 12/12/2018 – 05/31/2022

Kristen Olson

Kristen M. Olson, Ph.D., is the Leland J. and Dorothy H. Olson Professor of Sociology and director of the Bureau of Sociological Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Olson’s research includes examining interviewer effects, paradata, the intersection of nonresponse and measurement errors, within-household selection in self-administered surveys, and questionnaire design. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including: Public Opinion Quarterly; Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series ASociological Methods and ResearchSocial Science Research; Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology; Journal of Official Statistics; and Field Methods. Dr. Olson is editor-in-chief for survey methodology at the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, and recently served as conference chair for the American Association for Public Opinion Research. She is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has a Ph.D. in survey methodology from the University of Michigan.

Term: 12/12/2018 – 05/31/2022

C Matthew Snipp

C. Matthew Snipp, Ph.D., is the Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Sociology and the vice provost for Faculty Development, Diversity and Engagement at Stanford University. He is a demographer specializing in the racial composition of the United States. Snipp has written extensively about racial inequality, racial measurement, and the demography of American Indian people and other groups. As current member of the Committee on National Statistics, he has served on numerous census-related panels for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. In recent work, he has worked on two projects evaluating the quality of the 2020 census; one sponsored by the American Statistical Association and another under the sponsorship of the National Academies. He also serves on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics.

Term: 12/01/2020 – 05/31/2024

Kelly Thompson

Kelly Hoover Thompson, J.D., is a healthcare executive and licensed attorney with more than 20 years of proven leadership in healthcare, mission-centeredness, and public policy. She currently leads the government health work at LexisNexis Special Services, where she uses technology, data, and analytics to advance the missions of healthcare partners. Before joining LexisNexis, Thompson advised private and public sector clients on health information technology, interoperability, policy, and government relations. Previously, she served as CEO of SHIEC, the national HIE Collaborative. She has served as regulator and agency head for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as a senior advocate for the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania. Thompson serves as an international leader, advisor and speaker on interoperability and health policy. She volunteers for a variety of national and local healthcare boards and her community. She is the mother of four amazing children and a true travel baseball and hockey mom at heart.

Term: 10/01/2021 – 05/31/2025

David Williams

David R. Williams, Ph.D., is the Norman Professor of Public Health; chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Chan School of Public Health; and professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Previously, he served on the faculty of Yale University and the University of Michigan.

The author of over 500 scientific papers, his research has addressed how social factors affect health, and he has developed a strong record of theoretical analysis and empirical research describing the multiple ways in which racism (at structural and interpersonal levels) can adversely impact health.

He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences. He has been ranked as the Most Cited Black Scholar in the Social Sciences, and as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds. His research has been featured in the national print and television media.

Term: 10/04/2021 – 05/31/2025

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