Institute for Families in Society

Faculty and Staff

Robert Chen

Title: Research Associate/ Biostatistician
Department: IHPR
Institute for Families in Society
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Phone: 803-777-7051
Robert Chen

(MSPH, Biostatistics, University of South Carolina; B.S., Biology and Minor in Computer Science, Lander University)
I am a senior research associate and a population health analyst, conducting research on access to care for Medicaid and underserved populations. At IFS, my work focuses on the analysis and interpretation of the utilization of health policy interventions using a variety of statistical methodologies. My primary interest lies in the application of statistical methods to health policy and management research and the social determinants of health in both private and public settings.

Over the years, I have provided statistical solutions using claims data from Medicare, built the nation’s first Child Care Accessibility Index (CCAI), and served as a lead biostatistician for a multi-stage randomized clinical trial. I also have extensive experience in health service policy research, having worked for the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center for 7 years. During that time, I was involved in a number of studies about the utilization of health services, out-of-pocket expenditures for services, and predictive models for health service outcomes among Medicare recipients.

My analytical expertise includes time-series data analysis, longitudinal data analysis, and big data analytics. I have extensive experience in analyzing big data, am well-versed in SAS statistical programing, and hold an MSc in Statistics from the University of South Carolina.