National Children’s Study Federal Advisory Committee Member (ex officio)
Jennifer H. Madans, Ph.D. has been the Associate Director for Science, National Center for Health Statistics, since May, 1996 and is responsible for the overall plan and development of NCHS's data collection and analysis programs. Since Dr. Madans joined the Center, she has concentrated her research efforts on data collection methodology, measurement of health and functioning and health services research. She has directed two national longitudinal studies (NHANES I Epidemiologic Followup Study and the National Nursing Home Followup Study) as well as the redesign of the National Health Interview Survey questionnaire and was one of the designers of the DHHS Survey Integration Plan. She is a founding member of two UN sponsored initiatives to develop internationally comparable measures of disability and health, the Washington Group on Disability Statistics and the Budapest Initiative on the Measurement of Health Status, and has chaired the steering committeed of both groups since their inception. Dr. Madans is a graduate of Bard College (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.A. and Ph.D., Sociology). She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University. She has served as a an adjunct Associate Profession in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine and in the Department of Demography at Georgetown. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and served as a Vice President of the International Association of Official Statistics.