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Awards and Honors

Mathematica staff are widely recognized as experts in social science research and evaluation. The contributions they make to high quality research and innovative methods are recognized in the following prestigious awards and honors.

  • Senior fellow Mary Kay Fox received the 2013 Leadership and Expertise Award from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition.

  • Senior researcher Robert Wood, senior fellow Sheena McConnell, and senior researchers Quinn Moore and Andrew Clarkwest received the 2012 Raymond Vernon Memorial Prize from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. The award recognizes the article "The Effects of Building Strong Families: A Healthy Marriage and Relationship Skills Education Program for Unmarried Parents," published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and co-authored by JoAnn Hsueh.

  • Survey specialist Amanda Skaff was the 2014 recipient of the American Association for Public Opinion Research Burns "Bud" Roper Fellow Award, which recognizes individuals who have recently started careers in survey or public opinion research. Survey associate Matthew Anderson and survey specialist Lindsay Wood were the 2012 recipients. Survey specialists Jillian Stein, Raquel af Ursin, Rebecca Weiner, and Ashley Kopack Klein were the 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013 recipients, respectively.

  • Margaret Hargreaves, senior researcher, was the recipient of the 2011 Marcia Guttentag American Evaluation Association Promising New Evaluator Award. The award is presented to a promising new evaluator during the first five years after completion of a master's or doctoral degree for work consistent with the AEA Guiding Principles for Evaluators.

  • Senior fellow Ronette Briefel received the Elaine Monsen Nutrition Research Award, which recognizes an outstanding body of research literature in the field of dietetics, food, and nutrition, from the American Dietetic Association Foundation, September 2011.

  • Researcher Natalya Verbitsky-Savitz received the American Statistical Association, Government Statistics Section, 2011 Pat Doyle Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a lasting impact on the government statistical community.

  • Catherine DesRoches received the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation Best Article Award for the professionalism in practice category, 2011. "Physicians' Perceptions, Preparedness for Reporting, and Experiences Related to Impaired and Incompetent Colleagues," was published in Journal of the American Medical Association. More than 100 articles were reviewed by a selection committee of physicians and patients. Articles were judged based on clarity, thoroughness, methodology, and contributions to the field and society.

  • We were awarded the 2010 Outstanding Contractor Award from the Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for our systematic reviews of pregnancy prevention and home visiting programs. Senior researcher Brian Goesling, associate director Chris Trenholm, and researcher Silvie Colman were on the pregnancy prevention team, and associate director of human services research Diane Paulsell and senior researcher Sarah Avellar represented home visiting.

  • Deborah Peikes, senior researcher, Arnold Chen, senior clinician researcher, Jennifer Schore, senior researcher, and Randall Brown, vice president and director of Health Research, won the 2010 AcademyHealth article-of-the-year award as well as the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation's 2010 research award for excellence in original and creative health care research for a paper from our Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration. The winning article, "Effects of Care Coordination on Hospitalization, Quality of Care, and Health Care Expenditures Among Medicare Beneficiaries: 15 Randomized Trials," appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association in February 2009.

  • Senior fellow and associate director Brian Gill and senior fellow and senior economist Peter Schochet were recognized by the American Educational Research Association as Outstanding Reviewers for 2009 for their work on Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, respectively.

  • Mathematica's abstinence study team, led by senior economist Christopher Trenholm and senior vice president Barbara Devaney, received the 2009 Outstanding Evaluation Award from the American Evaluation Association (AEA). The AEA cited the congressionally mandated, comprehensive nine-year study for its rigor, balance, and impact, which led to major changes in federal policy and funding. The study was downloaded more than 100,000 times and was widely cited in the national and international media. In 2010, the American Journal of Evaluation also recognized Mathematica's abstinence study as an Evaluation Exemplar. Read more about the evaluation.

  • The following article by our obesity and nutrition researchers was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2009 as one of the top five articles that the foundation believes had a major policy impact, affected its work and thinking, or warranted its attention, given the foundation’s focus on advancing the research and knowledge base for childhood obesity prevention: “Association Between School Food Environment and Practices and Body Mass Index of US Public School Children,” by Mary Kay Fox, Allison Hedley Dodd, Ander Wilson, and Phil Gleason.
  • Our cash and counseling study team, led by vice president and director of NJ Health Research Randall Brown, won the 2009 HSR Impact Award from AcademyHealth. The award recognizes research that has had a significant impact on health and health care and promotes examples of outstanding research that have been translated into health policy, management, or clinical practice. Read more about the study.
  • Senior fellow John Czajka received the 2008 Pat Doyle award from the American Statistical Association, Government Statistics Section (GSS). The award is given to a person who contributes to the GSS in a way that leaves a lasting impact.
  • The National Institutes of Health selected “Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study: Do Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Contribute to Nutrient Adequacy or Excess Among U.S. Infants and Toddlers?”—an article based on data from our Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study—as one of the 25 most significant dietary supplement research advances in 2007.