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Frauke Kreuter Ph.D.

Frauke Kreuter, Ph.D.


Joint Program in Survey Methodology
1218Q LeFrak Hall
College Park , Maryland 20742
Office Phone: 301-405-0935


  1. 1997-2001 Dr. rer. soc. (Ph.D.) (summa cum laude) at the University of Konstanz. Thesis: Methodische Aspekte und Probleme der Messung von Kriminalitätsfurcht (engl. `Fear of Crime': Measurement and methodological problems); Dissertation chair: Prof. Dr. Rainer Schnell, committee member: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Heinz, Prof. Dr. Jens Alber.
  2. 1997 German Science Foundation (DFG) Fellow: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research; SRC Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques.
  3. 1990-1996 Bachelor & Masters in Sociology (Major in Methods for Empirical Social Science Research; Minor in Political Economics, Social Psychology and Philosophy of Science). Thesis: Drop-outs - Analyse des Studierverhaltens der Studierenden der Sozialwissenschaften an der.


Recent Accomplishments

Frauke Kreuter is an Assistant Professer in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM). She received her Master in Sociology from the University of Mannheim, Germany and her PhD in Survey Methodology from the University of Konstanz. Before joining the University of Maryland she held a postdoc at the UCLA Statistics Department. Her research focuses on sampling and measurement errors in complex surveys. In her work at JPSM she maintains strong ties to the Federal Statistical System, and served in advisor roles for the National Center for Educational Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Funded Research

In 2006, The National Science Foundation (NSF Awards 0549916 and 0550002) funded the project entitled, "Collaborative Research on Latent Class Models of Measurement Error" under the direction of Frauke Kreuter, in collaboration with Roger Tourangeau (University of Michigan & Joint Program in Survey Methodology). Together with a postdoctoral student at the University of Michigan (Ting Yan) they will conduct a series of studies to investigate the use of latent class analysis (LCA) in questionnaire development. Kreuter also has received support from the Charles Cannell Fund for her research on interviewer effects. With her backing, several Ph.D. students with whom Kreuter has been working (jointly with T.E. Raghunathan and R. Groves) have received grants from the Rensis Likert Fund to support their participation in research on nonresponse weighting adjustments. Kreuter also was instrumental in securing support for a JPSM PhD student working on a nationwide nonresponse study related to media use.

Future Plans

Over the next few years, Kreuter will continue to investigate interviewer effects, in particular the effect of interviewers on survey participation, as well as the effect of interviewer behavior and vocal characteristics such as rate of speech on the cognitive processes involved in answering survey questions. Being a member of the International Workshop of Household Survey Nonresponse she will lead the workshops?discussion on paradata. Kreuter is currently investigating the potential value of observational data, such as interviewer observations regarding the neighborhood in which a sample unit is located, for nonresponse adjustments to reduce nonresponse bias. She has a pending R03 on these issues.