Roger Tourangeau

Nonresident Senior Fellow

Roger Tourangeau, Ph.D., is a survey methodologist with 30 years of expertise in designing and conducting studies on a wide range of topics, including secondary and postsecondary education, labor force participation, privacy attitudes, health care costs and utilization, and sexual behavior.

Dr. Tourangeau is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He is lead Editor of Hard-to-Survey Populations and lead author of The Science of Web Surveys and The Psychology of Survey Response. He is also the co-Editor of Nonresponse in Social Science Surveys: A Research Agenda and the founding co-Editor of the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology.

Dr. Tourangeau was the keynote speaker of the 27th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture in October 2018. He was the 2016-17 President of the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), a recipient of the Helen Dinerman Award from the World Association for Public Opinion Research, and a co-recipient of the AAPOR Innovators Award. He was Chair of the Census Joint Advisory Panel and has served on panels for CNSTAT at the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Tourangeau served as director of the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland.

In recognition of his contributions to the field, Dr. Tourangeau has been named a Westat nonresident Senior Statistical Fellow and serves on the Statistical Fellows Committee, which provides consultation on important survey statistics issues and addresses recent advances in applied statistics.


Ph.D., Psychology, Yale University
B.A. (magna cum laude), English and Psychology, Cornell University

Areas of Expertise

Selected Publications

Tourangeau R., Yan T., Sun H., Hyland A., and Stanton C.A. (2018).

Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) reliability and validity study: Selected reliability and validity estimates.

Maitland A., Tourangeau R., and Sun H. (2018).

Separating science knowledge from religious belief: Two approaches for reducing the effect of identity on survey responses.

Tourangeau R., Sun H., Yan T., Maitland A., Rivero G., and Williams D. (2018).

Web surveys by smartphones and tablets: Effects on data quality.

Tourangeau R., Brick J.M., Lohr S., and Li J. (2017).

Adaptive and responsive survey designs: A review and assessment.

Tourangeau R., Sun H., Conrad F.G., and Couper M.P. (2017).

Examples in open-ended survey questions.

Bishop R.C., Boyle K.J., Carson R.T., Chapman D., Hanneman W.M., Kanninen B.J., Kopp R.J., Krosnick J.A., List J., Meade N., Paterson R., Presser S., Smith V.K., Tourangeau R., Welsh M., Wooldridge J.M., DeBell M., Donovan C., Konopka M., and Scherer N. (2017).

Putting a value on injuries to natural assets: The BP oil spill.

Conrad F., Tourangeau R., Couper M., and Zhang C. (2017).

Reducing speeding in web surveys by providing immediate feedback.

Brick J.M. and Tourangeau R. (2017).

Responsive survey designs for reducing nonresponse bias.

Tourangeau R., English E., McConnell K.E., Chapman D., Cervantes I., Horsch E., Meade N., Domanski A., and Welsh M. (2017).

The Gulf Recreation Study: Assessing lost recreational trips from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Tourangeau R., Maitland A., Rivero G., Sun H., Williams D., and Yan T. (2017).

Web surveys by smartphone and tablets: Effects on survey responses.

Tourangeau R., Maitland A., and Yan H.Y. (2016).

Assessing the scientific knowledge of the general public: The effects of question format and encouraging or discouraging don't know responses.

Chapman D.J., Bishop R.C., Hanemann W.M., Kanninen B.J., Krosnick J.A., Morey E.R., and Tourangeau R. (2016).

On the adequacy of scope test results: Comments on Desvousges, Mathews, and Train.

Kreuter F., Sakshaug J.W., and Tourangeau R. (2016).

The framing of the record linkage consent question.

Fricker S., Kopp B., Tan L., and Tourangeau R. (2015).

A review of measurement error assessment in a U. S. household consumer expenditure survey.

Mneimneh Z.M., Tourangeau R., Pennell B.-E., Heeringa S.E., and Elliott M.R. (2015).

Cultural variations in the effect of interview privacy and the need for social conformity on reporting sensitive information.

Tourangeau R., Kreuter F., and Eckman S. (2015).

Motivated misreporting: Shaping answers to reduce survey burden.

Medway R.L. and Tourangeau R. (2015).

Response quality in telephone surveys: Do prepaid cash incentives make a difference?.

Eckman S., Kreuter F., Kirchner A., Jackle A., Tourangeau R., and Presser S. (2014).

Assessing the mechanisms of misreporting to filter questions in surveys.

Mneimneh Z.N., Heeringa S.G., Tourangeau R., and Elliott M.R. (2014).

Bridging psychometrics and survey methodology: Can mixed Rasch models identify socially desirable reporting behavior?.

Tourangeau R. (2014).

Defining hard-to-survey populations.

Edwards B., Tourangeau R., Johnson T.P., Wolter K.M., and Bates N. (2014).

Hard-to-survey populations.

Tourangeau R., Presser S., and Sun H. (2014).

The impact of partisan sponsorship on political surveys.

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