Melissa Kovacs, Ph.D., PStat Expert Witness


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Statistician, Data Analytics, Criminal Justice Data, Police Data, Neighborhood Association Data, Gun Death Data, Public Health Data, Opioid Overdose Data, Census Data, Medical Data, Biostatistics, Proportions, Discrimination


Ph.D., University of Maryland; M.A., Duquesne University; B.S., Purdue University

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Ph.D. in public policy and econometrics from the University of Maryland in College Park. Holder of the PStat certification from the American Statistical Association, their highest designation, indicating professional statistician. Statistician with extensive experience in the social sciences and public health sectors. This includes, but is not limited to, criminal justice data experience regarding police stops, traffic stops, large jail data, prosecution data, and risk assessment tool validation. Other experience entails expertise with Violent Death Reporting System data including gun death data, drug overdose death data, accidental death data, and violence prevention. Homelessness data experience. Experience in biostatistics research methodology for various medical topics including brain tumors, effectiveness of neurological medical devices, hospital trauma department research, and gynecological diagnoses such as endometriosis and pudendal nerve damage. Litigation support experience in cases regarding neighborhood associations, race and demographics in housing discrimination, large bank failures, police data and Brady list data, county prosecutor data and disclosure, and Department of Justice consent decree measurement requirements.