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Shalima Zalsha

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Statistician
Shalima is a statistician with expertise in survey sampling, missing data imputation, statistical modeling, and data visualization.

Shalima is a senior statistician in the Statistics & Data Science department at NORC where she provides expertise on survey sampling, weighting, missing data imputation, statistical estimation, modeling, and data visualization.

She is part of the National Immunization Surveys (NIS), AP VoteCast, and the Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR) team where she develops statistical programs, monitors and generates weekly vaccination coverage rates, performs statistical modeling and analyses, and leads missing data imputation effort. In addition, Shalima has contributed to the development of an interactive data visualization tool which presents findings from the National Education and Attainment Study (NEAS) public use file.

Prior to joining NORC, Shalima earned her PhD in Statistical Science from Southern Methodist University where she co-authored a paper in the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology that assessed the impact of non-sampling errors on estimators of catch from fishery electronic reporting systems. During her time at SMU, Shalima also served as the assistant director of SMU Statistical Consulting Center where she consulted academia and industry clients in a variety of statistical and data analytics projects.



Southern Methodist University


Sam Houston State University


University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Appointments & Affiliations


American Statistical Association

Project Contributions

AP VoteCast

More inclusive and accurate polling of the dynamics behind America’s elections


The Associated Press