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Our Research Team


Research Associates

Our research team has the breadth and depth of training and experience necessary for an effective research unit.

Dr. Evren Celik Wiltse is highly trained in both quantitative and qualitative methods, has extensive field experience conducting the World Values Survey on a national basis in Turkey, and has conducted numerous trips gathering data and interviewing in Mexico.

Dr. Lisa Hager is a former congressional staffer and trained extensively in quantitative methods at Kent State University.

Dr. Filip Viskupic was trained in quantitative and experimental methods, as well as political psychology at the University of Georgia. He has conducted survey experiments to investigate citizens’ foreign policy attitudes.

Dr. David Wiltse has training in research methods from UMass Amherst and the Intercollegiate Consortium of Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan. Prior to The SDSU Poll, he served as Co-PI for the Candidate Emergence and Public Financing of Elections Dataset a multi-wave panel survey of potential legislative candidates in three New England states.

Affiliated Faculty


Dr. Brittney Meyer is an associate professor of pharmacy practice. She holds a PharmD from South Dakota State University, completed a pharmacy practice residency at the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City, Iowa, and obtained her teaching certificate from the University of Iowa. Her research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning, including interprofessional education. 

Dr. Alper Kayaalp is an Industrial & Organizational Psychologist and assistant professor at SDSU. He holds a PhD from Université Libre de Bruxelles. His research focuses on critical organizational and individual variables such as job satisfaction, work-life balance, burnout, job stress and turnover. 

Abdallah Badahdah, Ph.D. is an associate professor of sociology at South Dakota State University. His research interest includes health and stigma, parenting practices and social aspects of HIV.