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Stephen Smith

Pronouns: He/Him

Senior Vice President
Steve has over 30 years of experience in survey design and implementation, collection of biomeasure data, administrative data, and health services research.

Steve serves as senior vice president of the Health Sciences department at NORC. In addition to leading the department, Steve serves as principal investigator, project director, or senior advisor on some of the department’s most complex projects. The department has a broad array of projects for clients, such as the National Institutes for Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), states, associations, and foundations.

Steve currently serves as NORC’s corporate oversight and data collection expert for the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), that is using innovative methods for the collection of biomeasures using field interviewers and assessing sensitive topics associated with aging. He also serves as the NORC Principal Investigator for data collection on High School and Beyond (HS&B), and a similar role for the National Longitudinal Study for the Class of 1972. He is also the NORC Project Director for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Connect Study.

Prior to joining NORC, Steve spent several years conducting social research as a Senior Social Survey Officer in England's Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (OPCS), now called the Office of National Statistics (ONS). At ONS he worked on the British Labor Force Survey, Census Validation Study, and a study on Electoral Registration.



University of Manchester, England


University of Sussex, England

Appointments & Affiliations


American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)

Project Contributions

Connect for Cancer Prevention Study

Understanding the causes of cancer and how to prevent it


National Cancer Institute

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

The nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital care data


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Nationwide Consumer Survey of Medicaid Providers and Systems

A first-of-its-kind survey of adults enrolled in Medicaid


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

National Social Life, Health & Aging Project

A pioneering nationally representative study of the intersection between social and intimate relationships and healthy aging


National Institute on Aging