Joseph E. Bauer, PhD

Director, Survey Research

Joseph Bauer, PhD is the Director of Survey Research in the Statistics & Evaluation Center. He, along with his team, strategizes how to best capture data that is valid, reliable, and accurate for most of the SEC’s work. He leads multiple high-quality evaluations of national and division programs/initiatives for cancer control (prevention and early detection), quality of life, and survivorship. He consults regularly on mission and income delivery projects with colleagues from several departments, the Society regional offices (encompassing all 50 states), and the National Cancer Information Center (NCIC) in Austin, Texas. He is also an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, in the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. He has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals

Dr. Bauer is known nationally for his work in evaluation and his leadership with the American Evaluation Association; for whom he was nominated in 2012 to become a Member of their National Board of Directors. He is rated as a ‘highly qualified’ NIH Scientific Reviewer by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR), and in 2012, he was selected to Chair a study section for the inaugural Pilot Projects Grant Program for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which was established as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to advance patient-centered outcomes research.

Dr. Bauer graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo, with specialized training in social gerontology and medical sociology. He has an extensive background in health behavior and health education, with a focus on health disparities. With over 30 years of experience in a variety of scientific and leadership roles, he is an expert in evaluation, survey research, statistics, measurement science, sampling, research methodology, testing, and study design. In his nearly 7 years of working at the American Cancer Society (ACS), he has applied his problem-solving skills in both research and health promotion settings, particularly with community-based projects.