The University of Michigan team includes Dr. Kira Birditt who has collaborated extensively with the principal investigator (Dr. Karen Fingerman), particularly with regard to quantitative analyses, multilevel models, and mediation models and Mrs. Angela Turkelson who will assist with data analyses. Dr. Birditt will provide hands-on assistance with regard to syntax, execution of analyses, and interpretation of output, writing up findings, and co-authoring papers. Dr. Birditt will assist in the research design phase concerning the types of data items will obtain (e.g., categorical, ordinal, continuous) and plans for subsequent analyses, as well as assisting in the construction of data sets throughout the data collection period. Dr. Birditt has considerable statistical expertise with regard to selection of analysis strategy and has access to a wide array of services and courses on quantitative analyses at the Institute for Survey Research. Dr. Birditt has completed training in biological systems and the measurement and analysis of biological indicators of stress (K99 AG029879: Promoting well-being in adulthood).
Ms. Turkelson has a Master?s degree in child and family studies and has worked as a project manager and data analyst for 7 years. She has expertise in SPSS, STATA, and Mplus and is highly adept at data management, choosing the appropriate analysis strategies, checking statistical assumptions, and summarizing findings.