William D. Kalsbeek, Ph.D.

William D. Kalsbeek Ph.D. is a professor in the department of Biostatistics and founder of the Survey Research Unit, recently renamed as the Carolina Survey Research Laboratory. A fellow of the American Statistical Association, Bill’s professional interests include, but are not limited to, the practice, teaching, and study of health survey research methods, with particular emphasis on the joint roles of costs and statistical efficacy in survey design, sampling of elusive populations, and survey non-response. The origin of these interests stems from his broad exposure to the survey practice through the dozens of sample surveys for which he has provided direction, design, or significant statistical consultation, during his professional career.

He has served as sampling statistician or advisor on many of the major national surveys, in the U.S., and has designed samples for several international health surveys, including those in Indonesia, Somalia, Jordan, Egypt, Honduras, and Russia. Much of Bill’s professional efforts since 1990 have been tied to his work as director of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Survey Research Unit (now the Carolina Survey Research Laboratory), which he helped established within the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.