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Research Assistant Professor Director of the Methodology and Evaluation Research Core (MERC) Facility aliank@unl.edu (402) 472-6145 370D Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School

Curriculum Vitae

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Current Research

My research is on the measurement of gender in surveys (see my dissertation for a mixed mode analysis of one type of gender measure), and issues of data quality and item nonresponse.

Applied Work

I manage the MERC Service Center and the 40+ active projects we are working on at any given time. I also act as a project manager, training lead, REDCap administrator, and lead survey methodologist. I am a member of the Statewide Minority Health Council, a core faculty member of the Minority Health Disparities Initiative at UNL, and have a courtesy appointment through the UNL Department of Sociology. I am involved in the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and serve as the Chair for the Diversity Subcommittee of the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee, and as a member of the Transparency Initiative Coordinating Committee.

As a generalist, my evaluation work has covered many areas: foster care in Native American Tribes in Nebraska, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), STEM training pipelines, early childhood nutrition, and needs assessments for 1) experience and training needs in the state prevention workforce, 2) gaps in addressing early child health in Lancaster County, and 3) travel within the NU system. This breadth and variety of stakeholders has led me to focus in recent years on communicating data more effectively to general audiences. I also utilize my expertise in methods and teaching to lead trainings on data collection, analyses, and data visualizations for MERC staff, clients, and community partners.

I am a first-generation college student, and was a nontraditional student when I earned my BA in psychology from Cal Poly Pomona. I then earned my MA and PhD in sociology at UNL, with a doctoral minor in survey research and methodology. 

Student Opportunities

I am happy to talk to students who want to learn more about applied sociology or evaluation. MERC often hires undergraduate students for general tasks, and graduate students as summer interns (occasionally during fall or spring semester), when funding is available. We have also been able to provide for-credit internships when a student’s plans and our projects match up.

Recent Public Work

Ritter-Gooder, Paula K., Alyssa Havlovic, Mindy Anderson-Knott, Alian Kasabian, and Julie A. Albrecht. 2019. “Evaluation of the 4-Year Growing Healthy Kids School Enrichment Kit Program.” Health Behavior and Policy Review 6:199-208. DOI: 10.14485/HBPR.6.2.9

Kasabian, Alian, Patricia Wonch Hill, and Mindy Anderson-Knott. 2018. Strategies for Effectively Communicating the Value of Taking a Sociological Perspective. Roundtable discussion at the first Sociology in Practice Settings Symposium at the American Sociological Association (ASA) meeting. Philadelphia, PA.

Kasabian, Alian. 2018. Community Themes & Strengths: Early Childhood Health: Lancaster County Four Sector Needs Assessment. Invited presentation to the Prosper Lincoln Early Childhood Comprehensive Health Assessment Results Session. Lincoln, NE.

Kasabian, Alian. 2018. Capturing LGB & T+: False Negatives, False Positives, and Measurement Errors. Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) meeting. Denver, CO.

 

 

 

 

PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Areas of Specialization:

  • Gender
  • Research Methods
  • Survey Methodology
  • Evaluation