Elizabeth A. Mumford, who joined NORC at the University of Chicago in 2009, is a Principal Research Scientist in the Public Health department, providing research project management, conceptual design, and technical direction. Her experience includes longitudinal experimental behavioral interventions, nationally representative longitudinal epidemiological studies, multi-mode data collection, integration of survey data from multiple sources, and saturated sample social network research.
As a social epidemiologist, Mumford studies behavioral patterns associated with adverse health outcomes. In substance abuse research, Mumford has investigated the impact of tobacco control policies, the economic context of adolescent smoking trajectories, concurrent use of multiple tobacco products and potential substitution effects, concurrent smoking and drinking behavior, and longitudinal models of maternal substance use during the perinatal and early parenting periods. Further, Mumford has an active research program in interpersonal aggression including randomized controlled trials of teen dating violence prevention programs, the longitudinal National Survey of Teen Relationships and Intimate Violence (STRiV), and the national Interpersonal Conflict and Resolution (iCOR) study. She has also investigated sexual assault victimization in alcohol-rich settings, male sexual assault histories, and a brief group intervention to reduce sexual assault. Mumford is leading the Officer Safety and Wellness study, as part of a broader research program in the well-being of high-stress professionals, including law enforcement and correctional officers. Important to Mumford’s research is attention to disparities associated with disadvantaged populations in terms of gender, educational attainment, developmental processes, and environmental context.
Prior to her career in research, Mumford worked internationally with multiple government agencies in program management and evaluation addressing strategic planning, program development, and policy formation and evaluation. She was the first foreign employee in the history of the Japan Foundation to be transferred to the Foundation’s Tokyo headquarters, in the Center for Global Partnership.