Sylvia K. Dohrmann

Associate Vice President


Sylvia Dohrmann is an Associate Vice President with more than 30 years of experience in statistical analysis and survey research methods specializing in national multistage area probability sample surveys with in-person data collection. She is the lead statistician on the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study, leading a team of 30 statisticians and statistical programmers in the sample design, weighting, confidentiality analysis research, sampling error, nonresponse bias, and panel conditioning assessments. She was previously the deputy director of sampling and statistical activities for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Dohrmann was a leading researcher in Westat’s evaluation of address-based sampling (ABS) for area surveys. As a member of Westat’s confidentiality resource group, she has assisted teams companywide with disclosure avoidance and data dissemination methods and is directing this effort for the PATH Study. Dohrmann has worked on limiting data disclosure through variance estimation on NHANES and in the release of microdata files for several projects. She was also part of the team developing DataSwap software for statistical disclosure control for the Institute of Education Sciences. She served on a National Academy of Sciences working group on data access and privacy issues for a study generating a petabyte-scale database.


  • MS, Statistics, Florida State University,
  • BS (cum laude), Statistics, Florida State University

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