Joseph Rodhouse

Senior Survey Statistician


Joe Rodhouse is a research survey statistician in the Food Assistance Branch of the Food Economics Division at USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). Joe is responsible for managing and directing the research and development of the second National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS-2) data. This information will support research that informs policymaking on key national priorities, including health and obesity, hunger, and nutrition assistance policy. Joe has worked extensively in the field of survey research, and his research has focused on methods of improving total survey data quality, such as increasing response rates and improving the respondent survey-taking experience.


From 2010 to 2015, Joe worked in the private sector for an international survey research firm designing, fielding, and analyzing web surveys. From 2015 to 2022, Joe worked in the Survey Methodology and Technology Section of the Research and Development Division at USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), first as a graduate researcher (2015–17), then as a research associate with the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS, 2017–19), and finally as a Federal employee (2019–22). Joe joined USDA’s ERS in 2023 after spending a year as a statistician with the Office of Statistical Methods and Research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA, 2022–2023).


Joe has a master of science in survey methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) at the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of arts in sociology from Whitman College.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR)
    • Washington/Baltimore Chapter (DC-AAPOR)
  • American Statistical Association (ASA)
    • Washington Statistical Society (WSS)

Selected Publications

Rodhouse, J. B., Wilson, T., & Ridolfo, H. (2022). Questionnaire complexity, rest period, and response likelihood in establishment surveys, Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 10(4), 1005–1023.

Rodhouse, J. B., & Ott, K. (2022). Respondent perceptions of previously reported data. Survey Practice, 15(1). 

Young, L. J., Rodhouse, J. B., Terner, Z., & Corral, G. (2023). Adopting previously reported data into the 2022 Census of Agriculture: Lessons learned from the 2020 September Agricultural Survey. Advances in Business Statistics, Methods and Data Collection. (Snijkers, G., Bavdaž, M., Bender, S., Jones, J., MacFeely, S., Sakshaug, J. W., Thompson, K. J., & Delden, A. V.).