Heather Hammer, Ph.D.
Group Vice President, Health Behaviors and Policy Group
Heather Hammer, Ph.D., is the Group Vice President for Health at Abt SRBI. She has 30 years of experience in survey, evaluation, social science, legal, and public health research design and management. Trained in statistical and survey research methods at the University of Alberta where she received her Ph.D. and the University of Michigan ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods where she was a visiting scholar from 1985 to 1988, Hammer has designed, directed, or consulted on more than 80 research projects for public and private sector clients, including a dozen studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute for Justice.
Dr. Hammer began her professional career as faculty in the Sociology Department at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, where she taught statistics, survey methods, and evaluation research methods for 12 years and designed and directed numerous surveys, evaluations and statistical studies. As Senior Study Director at the Temple University Institute for Survey Research (ISR) in Philadelphia, PA from 1999-2012, Hammer specialized in health, violence, and criminal justice survey and evaluation research with low income, minority, and youth respondents.
Dr. Hammer has provided expert trial testimony in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Hawaii. She has also published in top tier academic journals including the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, the American Statistician, and the American Journal of Transplantation.