Methods Core

Research Staff

The Methods Core research staff has experience in a wide range of data collection, management, and analysis techniques.

To engage our staff, please contact Christopher Lyttle to discuss your research needs and staff availability. Staff are available on an hourly basis or as a percentage of effort. Investigators will receive up to two hours of free consulting for the planning of larger projects. As an introduction to the Methods Core, investigators will receive up to one hour of free staff time to complete small projects.

Fee Schedule 

Research staff may be engaged for a percentage of effort, with a minimum of 10% over a 12-month period. (This could be in the form of 20% over six months, or 40% over three months, etc.) For each 1% of (annualized) effort, there is an additional $145 charge for non-personnel items. 

For smaller projects, the research staff may be retained on an hourly basis:

  • $95/hour -- Senior Consultant
  • $80/hour -- Methods Core Director & Faculty
  • $60/hour -- Statistical and Programming Staff
  • $35/hour --  Research Support Staff
  • $25/hour -- Student Research Support

These rates apply for payments from University accounts, and invoices for hourly charges are sent out at the end of each month. Please contact us to discuss non-UChicago or non-academic rates.

Staff Listing

lyttle_001.jpgChristopher Lyttle, MA, Director CHeSS Methods Core
Chris Lyttle is the Director of the CHeSS Methods Core and has more than 25 years of experience in health services research as a programmer, analyst, data manager, project manager, and call center manager. He has worked with a broad range of data (public and private, administrative, survey, claims, etc.) and can provide assistance and guidance with data collection, management, and analysis. He has particular expertise with SAS and computer assisted telephone interviewing (CATI) programs, with a special interest in social equity issues.

flores.jpgAndrea Flores, MA
Andrea Flores is a Senior Statistical Programmer in the Section of Hospital Medicine. Ms. Flores holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Harris School and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Chile. Prior to her current role, she has managed and analyzed large data sets in the health care sector for Chilean government agencies and consulting departments. As a Programmer, she manages data collection and processing for the Hospitalist Project, led by Dr. David Meltzer. She also provides analytic expertise to physician researchers and to graduate students who use Hospitalist Project data. Her personal interests include health policy, program evaluation, and cost effectiveness.

ham.jpgSandra Ham, MS
Sandra Ham has more than 20 years of experience in research methods and data analysis. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she worked for ten years before coming to the University of Chicago, she used survey research methods, statistical analysis, and Healthy People objectives to oversee public health surveillance. Ms. Ham has earned a Master’s Degree in nutrition, a Master's Degree from the Divinity School at UChicago, and a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering. Her areas of expertise include survey research and research methods; data management; statistical programming and analysis in SAS, Stata, and R; data visualization; surveillance epidemiology; policy and health recommendations and evaluation; obesity and the psychology of eating; multidisciplinary research; agent-based modeling; and social sequence analysis.

TomBest_0.jpgThomas Best, PhD
Tom is the Manager of Research and Analytics within CHeSS and also supports the Section of Hospital Medicine and the Urban Health Lab.  He provides data and analyses for projects in these areas, such as the Hospitalist Project and the Comprehensive Care Physician program, primarily using Stata.  He has over 10 years of experience building decision evaluation models of healthcare delivery systems, and managing quality improvement projects at the University of Chicago Medicine.  During this time he has gained expertise with C++, Ruby, R, system simulation programs such as Arena and NetLogo, and the ubiquitous Microsoft Excel.  He holds a PhD in Operations Management from the Booth School and a Master's of Industrial Engineering (with an emphasis on Health Systems) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.