Roderick Harrison, PhD

Roderick Harrison is a Senior Research Fellow with 2M Research Services. He is a nationally renowned demographer and statistician with over 30 years of applied research experience in government and academia. Dr. Harrison’s work is frequently cited in both print and broadcast media, and he has published landmark studies on trends in residential segregation and on the growing diversity and changing socioeconomic status of racial and ethnic populations, definitive works on measuring race and ethnicity in the Federal statistical system, and pioneering models of occupational labor markets. He has a wealth of knowledge of federal statistical systems and extensive experience analyzing major time series data and longitudinal surveys on demographics, employment and earnings, health, education, youth, substance abuse, housing, and crime.

Dr. Harrison has significant experience in designing research, especially for complex lines of inquiry requiring a structured sequence of results-contingent studies. Dr. Harrison is well established as both a leader and participant in high-level task forces and teams of officials and professionals, and is a highly regarded mentor to young staff and junior scholars. Previously, he served as the Division Chief of the Racial Statistics Branch of the U.S. Census Bureau, where he played an instrumental role in helping to revise the racial and ethnic classifications currently used by all Federal agencies. Dr. Harrison also served on the National Academy of Sciences and the Agency for Health Care Research Quality’s subcommittee on Standardized Collection of Race/Ethnicity Data For Health Care Quality Improvement. He has served as a faculty member at Harvard University, UCLA, and Howard University. As a result of his pioneering research and innovation in the development of Federal data systems for use in policy analysis, he was awarded the Roger Herriot Award. The award is given annually by the American Statistical Association for innovation in Federal statistical systems and improvements in the use of statistical data for policy analysis. Dr. Harrison is a member of the American Evaluation Association, the American Public Health Association, the American Statistical Association, and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. His core focus areas include applied statistics, survey research, demography, and large scale data modeling. Dr. Harrison is currently contributing to 2M’s contract work with USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the Department of Labor, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Harrison received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and he earned his Master of Arts and his PhD in Sociology from Princeton University.

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