Social and Decision Analytics

Vicki Lancaster

  • Principal Scientist
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Vicki Lancaster is a Principal Scientist at the Social & Decision Analytics Division (SDAD) of the Biocomplexity Institute & Initiative at the University of Virginia. Her areas of expertise are experimental design, visualizations, data analysis and interpretation. 

Her prior positions include Research Scientist at the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory within the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech; Mathematical Statistician at the Food and Drug Administration; and Senior Scientist at the environmental consulting firm Neptune and Company, Inc. During her career she has worked with scientists at the EPA, DoD, and USDA on projects that include developing a classification model based on morphological characteristics used to identify Africanized and  European honeybees; constructing the experimental designs and conducting the analyses that lead to the removal of Roxarsone in poultry feed, a source of arsenic contamination in poultry; developing a detection system for biological contaminants in our nation’s water supply; and simulation modeling to help researchers identify the location of unexploded ordnances (UXO) at formerly used defense sites. 

In her current position she is the lead on two cooperative agreements with the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, the skilled technical workforce and visualization.

Full CV

Selected Publications
Social and Decision Analytics
Annual Review of Nutrition, 40:1: (2020) Woteki CE, Kramer BL, Cohen S, Lancaster VA.
Social and Decision Analytics
MethodSpace. SAGE Publishing., (2020) Fowers A, Isch C, McDonald S, Cohen S, Lancaster V.
In the News
Public Health

In 1969, then-President Richard Nixon commissioned the first and only White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health, which became a catalyst for much-needed progress in U.S. policy focused on hunger and malnutrition. What was set in motion over the course of the three-day conference changed the national landscape around food and nutrition policy, and has had lasting impact almost five decades years later.