Steph Wehnau is the Director of the Center for Survey Research. In her role, Steph cultivates relationships with research partners in order to develop projects, writes and submits research proposals/grants, and manages a large project portfolio. She has lectured on survey research methods, questionnaire design, and cognitive interviewing. Steph is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and has received graduate training through the Joint Program in Survey Methodology, the nation's oldest and largest program offering graduate training in the principles and practices of survey research. She holds a Master of Science in Administration of Justice from Shippensburg University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Justice and minor in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the Center in 2003, Steph conducted research for the Sociology Department at Penn State and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Nicole L. Sturges is the Assistant Director of the Center for Survey Research. In her role, Nicole manages operations for multiple research projects, leads the qualitative research team, works with clients on study design and implementation, and oversees research compliance. She also serves as the center’s primary focus group moderator, one-on-one interviewer, and lead qualitative data analyst. Nicole has lectured on focus group administration, survey interview techniques, and questionnaire design. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and has received graduate training in survey questionnaire design and qualitative data analysis. Nicole is also a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the Qualitative Public Opinion Research Group. She has been with the center since 2005.
Timothy Servinsky, Project Manager, has worked at the Center for Survey Research since 2006. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from The Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Servinsky has previous experience in marketing and public relations. Mr. Servinsky has extensive experience in web survey administration and other survey-related technologies. In addition to his technology work, Mr. Servinsky works on a variety of other research activities, including conducting data analysis, keeping up with survey methodology trends, and serving as a lead report editor and writer. He is also a member of the American Statistical Association. In addition to research, Mr. Servinsky is passionate about music and non-profit work. He has performed extensively throughout the Harrisburg area, including with the Harrisburg Singers, the Harrisburg Symphony, the York Symphony, and Theatre Harrisburg, where he has appeared in numerous productions.
Neil Shook, Research Data Analyst, has worked at the Center for Survey Research since 2020. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in German and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University. He has previous research experience in linguistics and second language acquisition. He is also a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Neil supports both quantitative and qualitative work conducted at the center. He has an interest in survey design, data analysis, and the intersection of language and survey research.
Ellory Dabbs, Research Data Analyst, has worked at the Center for Survey Research since 2022. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration and Criminology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from West Virginia University (WVU), and is completing her Doctorate in Sociology (expected August 2022) from WVU. Ellory has extensive experience in data collection, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and academic writing. She will support both qualitative and quantitative data collection efforts at the center in addition to writing reports and research proposals.
Kristina Diefenderfer, Research Data Analyst, has worked at the Center for Survey Research since 2022. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government in Political Affairs, and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Management all from Millersville University. She has served as a research assistant and graduate assistant at Millersville University as well as a legal intern with the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center. Kristina will assist with a variety of data collection activities at the center, including surveys, focus groups, in-depth interviews, and on-site efforts.
Research Assistants at the Center for Survey Research conduct on-site data collection and assist with focus groups and surveys. All research assistants have completed online human subjects training administered through Penn State University’s Office for Research Protections.