Sophia Zanakos has more than 15 years of experience in designing and implementing research and evaluation projects for federal and state clients. Her skills include management of large-scale data collection using various methodologies, survey development, sampling, statistical analysis, and reporting. Her work focuses on improper payment research for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)assisted housing programs, school-based surveys of substance use behaviors, quality of life measurement, and veteran’s issues.
Dr. Zanakos is the Deputy Project Director for the HUD Quality Control for Rental Assistance Subsidy Determinations Study. The main focus of this research is to identify the extent and causes of rent error for three major housing programs (Public Housing, Section 8 Voucher and Moderate Rehabilitation, and Owner-Administered Section 8 Housing).