kdj11

SUMMARY STATEMENT
Through my education and professional experience I have developed a significant expertise in survey research methods and the management of data collection.  From managing the day-to-day operations of complex longitudinal field studies to directing an academic research center at a major research university, my steadfast dedication to open and direct communication, innovation, efficiency, and the rigorous and accurate analysis and dissemination of findings.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 2006 – Present:  Director for the Survey Research Center in the Social Science Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University.  
    I am currently Director of the Survey Research Center (SRC) a full-service academic survey research center with an annual business of over $1,500,000. As Director I oversee the day-to-day operations of the center and meet with clients to provide expert advice and technical assistance in all aspects of the survey research process.  
  • 2005 – 2006:  Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • 2005 – 2006:  Associate Director for the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 
    As Associate Director of the BOSR I supported the Director in the overseeing of the day-to-day operations of a research bureau in the Department of Sociology.  It is the mission of the Bureau of Sociological Research to provide quality social science research services in support of the goals of the Department of Sociology, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the State of Nebraska.  The Bureau of Sociological Research is designed to provide direct research services to faculty, outreach and consulting to state agencies, and support for graduate and undergraduate education on social science research.
  • 2003 – 2006: Director of Research Operations for the federally funded Healing Pathways Projects and the Midwest Longitudinal Study of Homeless Adolescents (MLSHA) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  
    Healing Pathways is a 6 year longitudinal study of 746 Native American Adolescents and their adult caregivers in the upper-Midwest and Canada. Respondents are interviewed once a year with a response rate of approximately 94% in our 3rd year. MLSHA is a 3 year longitudinal study of 455 homeless and runaway adolescents located in the Midwest.  Computer assisted personal interviews were conducted once every three months for three years.  As Director of Research Operations I oversaw the daily operations of two longitudinal multi-site field research projects and supervision of approximately 5 on-site coordinators, 40 field interviewers, and 7 in-house project managers and support staff.   Responsibilities include administration of personnel issues, development of survey instruments, training of field staff, monitoring of data, monitoring expenditures of approximately $2,500,000 of federal research monies to support grants, liaison to Tribal Councils and participating community agencies, and data analysis and dissemination of results.
  • 1999 – 2003: Project Manager for the Midwest Longitudinal Study of Homeless Adolescents (MLSHA) at Iowa State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 
    As Project Manager my responsibilities included hiring and training of 8 field interviews, development of survey instruments, development and implementation of tracking protocol, overseeing day-to-day operations of data collection and data analysis and dissemination of results.

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2009:  Whitbeck, Les, Melissa Walls, Kurt Johnson, Allan Morrisseau, and Cindy McDougall.   “Depressed Affect and Historical Losses among North American Indigenous Adolescents.”  American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research: The Journal of the National Center, 16(3): 16-41.
  • 2008:  Whitbeck, Les B., Mansoo Yu, Kurt D. Johnson, Dan R. Hoyt, and Melissa L. Walls.  “Diagnostic prevalence rates from early to mid-adolescence among Indigenous Adolescents: First Results from a Longitudinal Study.”  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Vol 47(8), Aug 2008, pp. 890-900...
  • 2008:  Thrane, L., Xiaojin Chen, Kurt D. Johnson, and Les B. Whitbeck, “Predictors of Post-Runaway Contact with Police among Homeless Adolescents.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 6(3), 227-239.
  • 2007:  Tyler, K.A., L.B. Whitbeck, X. Chen and Kurt D Johnson.  “Sexual Health of Homeless Youth: Prevalence and Correlates of Sexually Transmissible Infections.”  Sexual Health 4(1), pp. 57-61.
  • 2007:  Chen, Xiaojin, Lisa Thrane, Les B. Whitbeck, Kurt D. Johnson, and Dan R. Hoyt.  “Onset of Conduct Disorder, Use of Delinquent Subsistence Strategies, and Street Victimization among Homeless and Runaway Adolescents in the Midwest.”  Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  Vol. 22(9), Sept 2007, pp. 1156-1183.
  • 2007:  Walls, Melissa L, Constance Chapple, and Kurt D. Johnson.  “Strain, Emotion, and Suicide among American Indian Youth”.  Deviant Behavior, 28 (3), 219-246.
  • 2007:  Walls, Melissa L. Les B. Whitbeck, Dan R. Hoyt, Kurt D. Johnson.  “Early Onset Alcohol Use among Native American Youth:  Examining Female Caretaker Influence”.  Journal of Marriage and the Family.  Special Issue:  A minisymposium on transformative process in marriage.  Vol 69(2), May 2007, pp. 451-464.
  • 2007:  Whitbeck, Les. B, Dan R. Hoyt, Kurt D. Johnson, and Xiaojin Chen.  “Victimization and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among Runaway and Homeless Adolescents.”  Violence and Victims, Vol. 22(6), 2007, pp. 721-734.
  • 2006:   Whitbeck, Les B., Kurt D. Johnson, Dan R. Hoyt, Melissa L. Walls. “Prevalence and Comorbidity of Mental Disorders among American Indian Children.” Journal of Adolescent Health. Vol 39(3), Sep 2006, pp. 427-434.
  • 2006:  Chen, Xiaojin, Lisa Thrane, Les B. Whitbeck, and Kurt D. Johnson.  “Mental Disorders, Comorbidity and Postrunaway Arrests among Homeless and Runaway Adolescents.”  Journal of Research on Adolescence.  Vol 16(3), Sep 2006, pp. 379-402.
  • 2006:  Whitbeck, Les B., Dan Hoyt, Kurt D. Johnson, and Xiaojin Chen.  “Mental Disorders among Parents/Caretakers of American Indian Early Adolescents in the Northern Midwest.”  Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Vol 41(8), Aug 2006, pp. 632-640.
  • 2006:  Torres-Stone, Rosalie, Les B. Whitbeck, Xiaojin Chen, Kurt D. Johnson and Debbie Martinez.  “Traditional Practices, Traditional Spirituality and Alcohol Cessation among American Indians.” Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Vol 67(2), Mar 2006 pp.236-244.
  • 2005:  Walls, Melissa L, Kurt D. Johnson, Les B Whitbeck, and Dan R. Hoyt. “Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Preferences and Utilization Patterns among American Indian People of the Northern Midwest” Community Mental Health Journal, Vol. 42, Number 6 pp. 521-535.
  • 2005:  Whitbeck, Les B., Xiaojin Chen, and Kurt D. Johnson.  “Food Insecurity among Homeless and Runaway Adolescents.” Public Health Nutrition, Vol. 9(1), pp-47-52.
  • 2005:  Johnson, Kurt D., Les B. Whitbeck, Dan R. Hoyt “Predictors of Social Network Composition among Homeless and Runaway Adolescents.” Journal of Adolescence, Vol 28(2), Special issue: Homeless and Runaway Youth. pp. 231-248.
  • 2005:  Johnson, Kurt D., Les B. Whitbeck, and Dan R. Hoyt.  “Substance Use Disorders among Homeless and Runaway Adolescents.” Journal of Drug Issues, Vol.35(4). Pp. 799-817.
  • 2004:  Whitbeck, Les. B, Xiaojin Chen, Dan R. Hoyt, Kimberly A. Tyler, and Kurt D. Johnson.  “Mental Disorders, Subsistence Strategies, and Victimization among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Homeless and Runaway Adolescents” The Journal of Sex Research, Vol. 41(4), Pp. 329-342.
  • 2004:  Whitbeck, Les B., Kurt D. Johnson, Dan R. Hoyt, and Ana Mari Cauce.  “Mental Disorder and Comorbidity among Homeless and Runaway Adolescents.” Journal of Adolescent Health.  Vol. 35, Issue 2, pp. 132-40.   
  • 2004:  Chapple, Constance, Kurt Johnson, and Les Whitbeck.  “Gender and Arrest among Homeless and Runaway Youth:  An analysis of background, family, and situational factors.” Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice, 2, 2, Apr, 129-147.
  • 2003:  Tyler, Kimberly A., Les B. Whitbeck, Dan Hoyt, and Kurt Johnson. "Self-Mutilation and Homeless Youth: The Role of Family Abuse, Street Experiences, and Mental Disorders."  Journal of Research on Adolescence, 13:457-474.
  • 2002:  Keith, Bruce, Jenny Sundra Layne, Nicholas Babchuk, and Kurt Johnson. “The Context of Scientific Achievement: Sex Status, Organizational Environments, and the Timing of First Publication on Cumulative Scholarship Outcomes.” Social Forces. Vol. 80(4):1253-1282.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Whitbeck, Les. B with Kurt. D. Johnson, Dan R. Hoyt, Michael Black, Trina Rose and the Midwest Longitudinal Study of Homeless Adolescents Interviewers.  “The Midwest Longitudinal Study of Homeless and Runaway Adolescents.”  In Whitbeck, Les B. 2009.  Mental Health and Emerging Adulthood among Homeless Young People.   Psychology Press.  New York, NY
  • Whitbeck, Les. B with Trina Rose and Kurt. D. Johnson.  “Social networks:  friends and families at home and on the streets” In Whitbeck, Les B. 2009.  Mental Health and Emerging Adulthood among Homeless Young People.   Psychology Press.  New York, NY

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (Charter Member) and current Secretary/Membership Coordinator
  • American Association of Public Opinion Researchers
  • American Sociological Association
  • Midwest Sociological Society

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • May 2011.  Panel member “Issues in Interviewing Hard to Reach Populations.” 45th International Field Directors and Technologies Conference, Scottsdale, AZ
  • May 2011.  Panel member “ Issues in Budgeting Including Using Outsourcing.”  45th International Field Directors and Technologies Conference, Scottsdale, AZ
  • May 2010.  Panel member “Managing Research Projects”  44th International Field Directors and Technologies Conference, Scottsdale, AZ
  • May 2010.  With David R. Johnson and Brendan Jennings,  “Modeling State Differences in Response Rates in RDD Surveys:  An Analysis of Seven Years of BRFSS Response Rates.”  American Association of Public Opinion Research 65th Annual Conference, Chicago, IL
  • May 2009.   Panel member “Managing Survey Research Projects”.  43rd International Field Directors and Technologies Conference, Del Ray Beach, Florida.
  • May 2009.   With David R. Johnson and Rob Schofield,   “What Response Rate do we Report?  The Politics and Science of Reporting Response Rates”.  Poster Session.  American Association of Public Opinion Research 64th Annual Conference, Hollywood, FL.
  • March 2005.  “Looking Back:  A Post-Project Evaluation of the Success of the Midwest Longitudinal Study of Homeless Adolescents.”  Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meetings.
  • March 2005.  “Successful Collaboration in a Panel Study of Native Americans”.  Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meetings.
  • March 2004.  “Prevalence and Predictors of Substance Use Disorders among Homeless and Runaway Adolescents.”  Society for Research on Adolescence Biennial Meeting.
  • April 2003.  “Substance Use and Social Network Composition among Homeless and Runaway Adolescents.”  Society for Research on Child Development Biennial Meetings.
First Name: 
Kurt
Last Name: 
Johnson
Suffix: 
PhD
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Departments: 
Email: 
kdj11@psu.edu
Office Phone: 
814 867-1290
Fax: 
814 863-7678
Job Titles: 
  • Director, Survey Research Center
Education: 
  • Ph.D. Sociology, December 1999. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dissertation title: “A Panel Analysis of the Impact of Shift Work on Marital Quality.” Advisor: Dr. Lynn White
  • M.A. Sociology, 1994. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Thesis title: “Risk Taking and Divorce: An Analysis of Survey Data.” Advisor: Dr. Lynn White
  • B.A. Sociology, 1992. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Minor: Psychology.
University: 
The Pennsylvania State University
SRC Title: 
Director, Survey Research Center