Research Project Manager
(or a professional way to say she works in the details)
10 years experience in survey collection and analyses, database development and analyses, consumer behavior studies, quality improvement analyses, and focus group administration spanning multiple industries. She has worked with companies including: Emblem Health, Optima Health, Humana, Cigna, Aetna, Riverside Hospital Group, Coca-Cola, Cox Media, and more. She has been published multiple times for her study and statistical analyses in the journal for Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science.
Q&A with Heather:
Where did you grow up and where have you lived?
I grew up in Dalton, Georgia, “The carpet capital of the world.” I went to The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. After graduation, I lived in Irvine, California for a year, and then moved back to Georgia to live in Atlanta. I now reside in Hampton, Virginia.
What is one of your earliest research memories?
When I was very little, I studied the effects of sunlight and a magnifying glass on an ant hill. Yeah, I was that kid.
What’s something you wish you researched, but didn’t?
How seriously one should take the sun sensitivity warnings on certain medications when at the beach. Sun poisoning the first day on Hilton Head Island does not make for a very pleasant vacation.
What kind of data or analysis would you be interested in seeing that may not be readily available?
I would love to find data on the number of rogue squirrel attacks my dog has protected me from over the years. If I were to go by a one dog sample size, according to my dog’s frantic barking, it is in the thousands!
What are some of your favorite research quotes?
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.” Arthur Conan Doyle (via Sherlock Holmes)
“Sound policies rest on good information” Frederick Mosteller, Statistician
“Research is creating new knowledge” Neil Armstrong, Astronaut
What’s one of the nerdiest things you’ve uncovered that may surprise others?
How happy writing a beautiful piece of SPSS syntax or creating a complex Excel template that functions properly can make me!
What’s the nerdiest conversations you’ve had outside work that you’re willing to admit?
Pretty much any time I open my mouth, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be the nerdiest thing I’ve ever said. I am constantly amazed at how I manage to up my nerd quotient on a regular basis.