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Dr. Priyanthi Silva is a Gerontologist, Evaluator, and Senior Study Director at Westat with more than 20 years of experience in project management, survey research, program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and preparation of reports and presentations.
Dr. Silva is a dynamic and focused Project Director/Research Analyst with experience in questionnaire development for many studies at Westat. She has experience in working on large national data collections and training efforts. She was the Operations Manager for a national survey for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). She has coordinated field activities on a variety of projects. Her experience includes data collection (developing, and implementing research designs across all modes of data collection including paper, phone, web, and in-person; obtaining OMB clearance), project management (obtaining Internal Review Board (IRB) approval as well as ensuring that projects are completed on-time and within budget), overseeing project staff (including programmers, statisticians and survey professionals), interacting directly with clients, conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis, and reporting. 
Dr. Silva is experienced responding to requests for proposals for many Federal and state clients and other funding organizations. She is a proficient user of software packages such as SPSS, STATA, Excel, Microsoft Word, and Word Perfect. She has a strong foundation in quantitative data analysis having developed and conducted statistical analyses of survey data. Dr. Silva has a strong background in qualitative data analysis as well. She has provided support and assistance to many federal and state clients as well as private funding organizations. She
has conducted literature searches on various topics and conducted process evaluations, including site visits for different projects at Westat including the VISTA Program Assessment for the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Evaluation of the Youth Opportunity Grant Initiative (funded by
the Department of Labor), among others. 
Dr. Silva has convened many expert panels, participated in expert panel meetings, and synthesized findings from these meetings. She has served as a task leader and analyst on evaluation studies at Westat.  She has worked on studies that involved performance measurement She has experience writing reports and presenting finding of studies to clients and at National conferences.  
Specialties: Project management, program
evaluation, performance measurement, research design, questionnaire development, policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, report writing and presenting research findings.
  • Program Evaluation
  • Project Management/Program Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Project Planning
  • Project Coordination
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research Methodologies
  • Survey Design
  • Questionnaire Design
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Collection
  • Report Writing
  • Policy Analysis 
  • Proofreading
  • SPSSS and STATA software packages
  • Proposal Writing
  • Research
  • Literature Review
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Active Learning
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Operation Monitoring
Senior Study Director 02/1999 to Present
Westat Rockville, MD
  • Proficient user of software packages such as SPSS, STATA, Excel, Microsoft Word, and Word Perfect.
  • Developing and implementing research designs. 
  • Conducting literature searches on various topics.
  • Questionnaire development.
  • Managing data collection on large national surveys.
  • Training staff for data collection. 
  • Conducting process evaluations, including site visits for different projects at Westat including the VISTA program Assessment for the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Evaluation of the Youth Opportunity Grant Initiative (funded but the Department of labor) among others.
  • Convening expert panels, participating in expert panel meetings, and synthesizing findings from these meetings.
  • Task leader and analyst on evaluation studies.
  • Studies that involve performance measurement for the corporation for National and Community Service and the Department of Education.
  • Developing OMB clearance packages.
  • Adroitly managed project operating budgets, budget reports, and pertinent financial reports.
  • Mentoring junior staff.
Operations Manager/Research Associate 01/1996 to 05/1998
Long Term Care Data Institute Cambridge, MA
Responsible for day-to-day operations of the company.
Responsible for ensuring all electronic equipment worked.
Was involved in a study that examined disability and active life expectancy in older people. Using data from the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, she conducted a literature search and data analysis of the life expectancy of older people. She joined the organization as the manager of operations. 
Rsearch Assistant 09/1992 to 08/1997
University of Massachusetts at Boston Boston, MA
Conducted survey research.
Conducted interviews, literature reviews, and focus groups.
Built and analyzed data sets.
In 1996, served as a teaching assistant in statistics to the Master's Program in Human Resources. 
Research Associate 05/1995 to 12/1996
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Boston, MA
Developed a resource guide, literature, posters, and leaflets on the subject of domestic violence against women and its prevention.
Trained older women and community professionals to act as spokespersons on the topic of domestic violence prevention.  
Research Associate 06/1994 to 10/1994
South Shore Elder Services Braintree, MA
Conducted a needs assessment of senior citizens.
Research Assistant 05/1993 to 09/1994
Veterans Administration Bedford, MA
Conducted telephone interviews with veterans on a Veterans Health study. 
Deputy Administrative Officer 02/1986 to 11/1990
National Dangerous Drugs Control Board (NDDCB) Colombo, Sri Lanka
Responsible for day-to-day operations of the office.
Coordinator for two national committees appointed by the President of Sri Lanka to study drug abuse prevention.
Conducted research on drug abusers and their parents. 
Research Assistant 01/1984 to 01/1985
Sri Lanka Center for Development Studies (Marga Institute) Colombo, Sri Lanka
designed survey instruments for a project sponsored by the World Health Organization. 
Ph.D.: Gerontology Jun 1998 University of Massachusetts - Boston, MA
Master of Science: Gerontology Jun 1992 University of Massachusetts - Boston, MA
Bachelor of Arts: English (Major) Sociology (Minor) Jan 1985 University of Peradeniya - Sri Lanka
English, Sinhalese
Additional Information
Other training
• Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) training program:
o Cognitive Interviewing: A Hands-On Approach – 2010
o Designing Mixed-Mode Surveys – 2009
o Earned Value Management System conducted by Westat. April 17, 2008.
Project Management - 2005
o Non-response in Household Interview Surveys – 2001
• Earned Value Management System conducted by Westat - 2008.
• Certificate, New England Geriatric Education Center Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program for Leaders in Aging and Health Care Networks, 1996
Publications, Technical Reports, and Presentations
Silva, P., and Thomas, C. (2006). Civic engagement and national service: Results from Senior Corps evaluations. In L.B. Wilson and S.P. Simson (Eds.), Civic engagement and the baby boom generation: research, policy and practice perspectives. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, Inc.
Silva, P., and Silva, A. (2002). The ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. In H.W. Kushner, Encyclopedia of world terrorism. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Turner, B., and Silva, P. (2000). Definitions of femininity: Dimensions of gender identity from youth to old age. In Changing faces of aging. Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Publishing Company.
Silva, P. (1998). Gender identity styles of young, middle-aged, and old women. Doctoral thesis, University of Massachusetts at Boston, Boston, MA.
Silva, P. (1995). Health perception of men and women. Master's thesis, University of Massachusetts at Boston, Boston, MA.
Silva, P. (1990). [Special commemorative issue of the magazine of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science.]
Silva, P. (1988). Drug abuse—Some questions and answers (Leaflet 1 of 3-part series). Colombo, Sri Lanka: National Dangerous Drugs Control Board.
Silva, P. (1988). How to say no to drugs (Leaflet 2 of 3-part series). Colombo, Sri Lanka: National Dangerous Drugs Control Board.
Silva, P. (1988). What every parent should know about drugs (Leaflet 3 of 3-part series). Colombo, Sri Lanka: National Dangerous Drugs Control Board.
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Previous Companies:

  • Westat
  • Long Term Care Data Institute
  • University of Massachusetts at Boston

Previous Job Positions:

  • Senior Study Director
  • Operations Manager
  • Research Associate
  • Rsearch Assistant
  • Research Assistant


  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Peradeniya

Level of Education:

  • Ph.D.
  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts

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