Alian Kasabian


I manage the MERC Service Center and the 50+ active projects we are working on at any given time. I also act as a project manager, training lead, REDCap administrator, and lead survey methodologist. I am a member of the Statewide Minority Health Council, a core faculty member of the Minority Health Disparities Initiative at UNL, and have a courtesy appointment through the UNL Department of Sociology. I am involved in the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and serve as the Chair for the Diversity Subcommittee of the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee, and as a member of the Transparency Initiative Coordinating Committee.

As a generalist, my evaluation work has covered many areas: foster care for Native American Tribes in Nebraska, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed), geological science training pipelines, early childhood nutrition, and needs assessments for 1) experience and training needs in the state prevention workforce, 2) gaps in addressing early child health in Lancaster County, and 3) travel within the NU system.

I am a first-generation college student, and was a nontraditional student when I earned my BA in psychology from Cal Poly Pomona. I then earned my MA and PhD in sociology at UNL, with a doctoral minor in survey research and methodology. My research is on the measurement of gender in surveys (see my dissertation for a mixed mode analysis of one type of gender measure), and issues of data quality and item nonresponse. In recent years, I have focused on communicating data more effectively to general audiences, and utilizing my expertise in methods and teaching to lead trainings on data collection, analyses, and data visualizations for MERC staff, clients, and community partners.

Recent public work:

Ritter-Gooder, Paula K., Alyssa Havlovic, Mindy Anderson-Knott, Alian Kasabian, and Julie A. Albrecht. 2019. “Evaluation of the 4-Year Growing Healthy Kids School Enrichment Kit Program.” Health Behavior and Policy Review 6:199-208. DOI: 10.14485/HBPR.6.2.9

Kasabian, Alian, Patricia Wonch Hill, and Mindy Anderson-Knott. 2018. Strategies for Effectively Communicating the Value of Taking a Sociological Perspective. Roundtable discussion at the first Sociology in Practice Settings Symposium at the American Sociological Association (ASA) meeting. Philadelphia, PA. 

Kasabian, Alian. 2018. Community Themes & Strengths: Early Childhood Health: Lancaster County Four Sector Needs Assessment. Invited presentation to the Prosper Lincoln Early Childhood Comprehensive Health Assessment Results Session. Lincoln, NE.

Kasabian, Alian. 2018. Capturing LGB & T+: False Negatives, False Positives, and Measurement Errors. Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) meeting. Denver, CO.

Courses taught at UNL:

Introduction to Research Methods (SOCI 205),Women in Contemporary Society (SOCI 200), Drugs and Society (SOCI 309), Questionnaire Design (SRAM 947)

Trainings led:

Data Collection, Data Analysis (Quant and Qual), Data Visualization, Understanding Data, Focus Groups

Contact Info:

Location: Prem S. Paul Research Center at Whittier School (WHIT) 370D

Lincoln NE 68583-0866

Phone:  402-472-6145 On campus, dial 2-6145