Dr. Rocco P. Russo

Dr. Rocco P. Russo is Managing Director of IMPAQ International’s Survey Research Division. He has more than 30 years of experience in the design and implementation of evaluation and research studies for federal and state government agencies, academic institutions at all levels, foundations, and for-profit organizations. Dr. Russo has significant experience in project management, study and questionnaire design, data collection operations, and data management and reporting systems for a variety of longitudinal and multi-mode survey projects.


Dr. Russo’s work focuses on national educational longitudinal studies (e.g., serving as Director of the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 – School and Teacher Surveys, and a ten year longitudinal Project for Research on Doctoral Education); youth health surveillance surveys (e.g., management oversight for the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the National Youth Tobacco Survey, and the National School Health Policies and Programs Study); and the design and maintenance of data systems (e.g., serving as Director of the Design of an Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System project).


Dr. Russo has undertaken projects for a variety of agencies and organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Education, Association of American Universities & Association of Graduate Schools, Council of Graduate Schools, Army Research Institute, and Minnesota Department of Education.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Russo served as a Vice President for the Risk Behavior Surveillance and Data Coordination Line-of-Business for ICF International, and Vice President for Research for Peterson’s (then a part of the Thomson Corporation). He also was Director of the Evaluation and Research Program for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation where he initiated the development and implementation of program evaluations for a national network of state- and institution-based teaching fellowships. Dr. Russo also served as a Program Administrator for Educational Testing Service serving as a Director for several research and survey programs.


Dr. Russo earned his B.S. in Mathematics Education from Concord University (WV), M.S. in Mathematical and Applied Statistics from the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), and his Ph.D. in Educational Research and Evaluation from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.