Mary Beth Ofstedal

Mary Beth Ofstedal, Photograph
Associate Director

Contact Information

Survey Research Center
426 Thompson St., Room 3464 ISR
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734.647.9070


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1995
M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1990
B.A., Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1983

Research and Projects

Mary Beth Ofstedal is a Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center and Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She is involved in instrument development, data collection and research for the Health and Retirement Study. Her research interests include transitions in health and functioning in old-age, utilization of health and long-term care services, intergenerational relations and support, longitudinal survey design and analysis, and comparative research.

Selected Recent Publications

Cernat, A., Couper, M. P., & Ofstedal, M. B. (2016). Estimation of mode effects in the Health and Retirement Study using measurement models. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 4(4), 501-524.

Jenkins, K. R., & Ofstedal, M. B. (2014). The association between socioeconomic status and cardiovascular risk factors among middle-aged and older men and women. Women & Health, 54(1), 15-34.

Sonnega, A., Faul, J. D., Ofstedal, M. B., Langa, K. M., Phillips, J. W., & Weir, D. R. (2014). Cohort profile: the health and retirement study (HRS). International Journal of Epidemiology, 43(2), 576-585.

Wagner, J., Arrieta, J., Guyer, H., & Ofstedal, M. B. (2014). Does sequence matter in multimode surveys: Results from an experiment. Field Methods, 26(2), 141-155.

Couper, M. P., Ofstedal, M. B., & Lee, S. (2013). Encouraging record use for financial asset questions in a web survey. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 1(2), 171-182.