Dr. James Studnicki Joins the Charlotte Lozier Institute as VP and Director of Data Analytics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 7, 2017
Contact: Nicole Stacy, nstacy@sba-list.org, 202-223-8073

Studnicki Brings Decades of Experience in Public Health Research & Data Analysis

Washington, D.C. – The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), education arm of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, is pleased to announce today that Dr. James Studnicki has joined the organization as its Vice President and Director of Data Analytics. Dr. Studnicki brings over four decades of experience in public health research, policy, and data analysis to the CLI team. 

In his role as Director of Data Analytics, Dr. Studnicki will oversee an entire branch of CLI’s work responding to the array of policy questions raised in debates over life issues, covering bioethics, public budgeting, demography, and more. His responsibilities include designing and carrying out research studies; reviewing and critiquing professional journal articles, popular writing, polling and other literature; interpreting statistical results for media and policymakers, especially concerning data needs for federal and state programs; and guiding the design of CLI data collection and archives. He will play a key role in recruiting experts to join CLI’s growing team of Associate Scholars and commissioning research from them. 

Emphasizing the importance of sound statistics to public policy debates on life issues, Dr. Studnicki said: 

“Good science is often obstructed by political ideology. When this occurs, useful data is suppressed, research funding is eliminated or directed to investigators who exhibit the ‘correct’ ideology, and most unfortunately, the peer review process becomes corrupted to reflect the biases of the ruling ideology in the review and selection of published science.

“One of our major research goals at CLI is to influence the development and deployment of a valid and comprehensive database on induced abortions in the United States. This critical research resource can be made available to all serious investigators to analyze and understand the predictors, correlates and outcomes of abortion at the individual, community and national level. Current government and private abortion surveillance systems are flawed in design, limited in scope, incompletely reported, and restricted in access.” 

Dr. Studnicki earned his Sc.D. in health services research from Johns Hopkins University. He has had a long and distinguished career as a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University and the University of South Florida, and is Professor Emeritus of Public Health Sciences at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, where he developed a cloud-based analytics platform that helps nonprofit hospitals identify and better serve their communities’ health needs. Catholic Health Partners was among the first to adopt this new program.

Dr. Studnicki is an author of more than 90 published, peer-reviewed studies on a broad range of public health topics, including recent research challenging the exclusion of abortion as a cause of death in United States vital statistics.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Studnicki to our team,” said Charlotte Lozier Institute president Chuck Donovan. “As a highly accomplished authority on public health concerns, Dr. Studnicki reflects the Institute’s commitment to providing the best research and policy expertise on life issues. His experience and leadership will be invaluable as we expand our efforts to develop science and statistics that support and enhance the dignity and value of every human life.”

Charlotte Lozier Institute was launched in 2011 as the education and research arm of Susan B. Anthony List.  CLI is a hub for research and public policy analysis on some of the most pressing issues facing the United States and nations around the world. The Institute is named for a feminist physician known for her commitment to the sanctity of human life and equal career and educational opportunities for women.

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