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Stephanie Child is an expert in survey research, methodology, and data analysis. Dr. Child has submitted expert reports and rebuttals at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and has also served as a consulting expert in several matters before federal and state courts. She has expertise in a wide range of topics covering trademark and trade dress claims, false advertising, and claim substantiation.


In her survey research, Dr. Child has worked on matters involving intellectual property disputes, with specific expertise in survey development and analyses related to trademarks, patents, and false advertising. This includes surveys to establish likelihood of confusion, secondary meaning, genericness, and dilution.

Dr. Child has also worked on class action and antitrust matters. Across her survey work, she is experienced in collecting data via internet and cohort panels, through respondent-driven (or snowball) sampling, and via in-person intercept studies of both general and hard-to-reach populations. Her expertise also extends to evaluating and critiquing surveys and other market research, including qualitative research such as focus groups. 

Prior to joining NERA, Dr. Child was an Assistant Professor at Harvard in the School of Public Health, where her research focused on longitudinal, causal inference analyses and surveying behavioral data. Her research was funded by the National Institutes of Health and has been published in dozens of peer-reviewed journals. 


  • PhD in public health, University of South Carolina-Columbia
  • MA in public health, San Diego State University
  • BS in psychology, University of California, San Diego


  • Member of INTA's Trademark Reporter Committee (2024-2025)