Who We Are

Rebecca Tippett, Ph.D.

photo Rebecca Tippett

Dr. Rebecca Tippett is the founding Director of Carolina Demography at the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill which started in 2013. With more than a decade of experience analyzing demographic and economic data, she has spent the last 7 years translating research into specific, usable information and knowledge to inform decision-making, evaluation, and policy. At Carolina Demography, she helps North Carolina government and business leaders understand and anticipate how population change affects them and their organizations. A transplant to North Carolina from the Midwest, she earned her BA in Sociology and Political Science from The Ohio State University and her MA and PhD in Sociology from Duke University.

e-mail: rebecca.tippett@unc.edu | phone: (919) 962-6151

Jessica Stanford

Jessica Stanford is a Demographic Analyst with Carolina Demography at the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has a strong technical background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and her research interests focus on sustainable development, especially in the field of agriculture and food systems. Prior to joining Carolina Demography, Ms. Stanford was a lead member of a community food assessment entitled ‘Harrisonburg EATs (Everyone at the Table)’, where she conducted an analysis of the local food economy in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, VA. In that role, she performed a qualitative analysis of business opportunities in the local food sector, conducted a USDA food insecurity survey, and organized advisory meetings with professionals in the non-profit and private sectors.

Ms. Stanford earned her BS degree in Geographic Science at James Madison University, with a dual concentration in Applied GIS and Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development. She is skilled in ESRI’s ArcGIS Suite, Python, PCI Geomatica, and geodatabase management.

e-mail: jessica_stanford@unc.edu | phone: (919) 962-6091


Carolina Demography draws on decades of experience in demographic and population research among the highly talented Research Services staff at the Carolina Population Center.

Phil Bardsley, Ph.D. & Joyce Tabor
Research Programming Services

photo Phil BardsleyWith a doctorate in public health, Phil Bardsley has over 30 years of experience in population survey data collection, cleaning, management, analysis, and reporting on both domestic and international studies. He shares managerial responsibilities for the Research Programming Unit with Joyce Tabor, who has more than 25 years of experience in survey data and specializes in the management and analysis of sensitive data.photo Joyce Tabor

Phil and Joyce manage a staff of 10 programmers and analysts who provide a wide variety of programming and statistical skills from backgrounds in sociology, psychology, and biostatistics. All of the unit staff have strong skills using one or more data analysis programs, such as SAS, Stata, R, and Mplus, as well as data collection software including CSPro, Blaise, ODK, and QDS.

Lori Delaney, MLIS
Research Communications & Library Services

photo delaneyLori Delaney has 17 years of experience with library collections and resource centers, ten of which are in population-related collections. She oversees all user services including reference, circulation, interlibrary borrowing, and collection management. She helps CPC’s researchers find the information and resources they need to conduct high-quality, timely, and thorough research and provides guidance about scholarly communications issues such as copyright, public access to taxpayer-funded research manuscripts, and permissions to reuse previously-published content

As CPC’s media liaison, Lori also assists CPC’s researchers on enhancing the impact of their research. She promotes efforts to disseminate information about the Center’s research and coordinates media outreach activities by working with reporters and news media outlets to publicize CPC’s research.

Brian Frizzelle
Spatial Analysis Services

photo_frizzleBrian Frizzelle has 17 years of experience in the field of geospatial analysis. He has expertise in many aspects of geographic information science, including vector analysis, remote-sensing, GPS-based field data collection, and spatial simulation modeling. He provides consultation services to researchers to define appropriate spatial methodologies to enhance their research and design protocols to protect the confidentiality of study participants.

Brian manages four highly skilled analysts who have more than 60 combined years of experience in geospatial analysis. They offer CPC researchers a suite of services that add an important spatial component to demographic studies. All spatial analysts are well-versed in a range of programming languages, including Python, VBA, R, SAS, and Stata, and are expert in the automation of complex geospatial applications.

Tim Van Acker
Information Technology Services

photo_vanackerTim Van Acker is the Director of Information Technology Services at the Carolina Population Center. His responsibilities include strategic planning, oversight, operation, and security of all systems operations and all user services and management of all systems staff. He also provides consultation to projects on sensitive data security issues and serves as the Manager of CPC’s Secure Data Facility. During his 22 years at UNC-Chapel Hill, he has served as a Systems Administrator, Applications Programmer, Systems Manager, and Security Advisor. Tim holds a B.A. in Humanities from Bob Jones University and he holds networking and security certifications from Microsoft (MCSE, MCT), Novell (CNE, CNE5, CNE6), and GIAC (GSEC Gold).

Ed Van Duinen
Web Services

photo VanDuinenEd Van Duinen, Web Services Director, has 17 years of experience building web-based systems. His expertise includes building public-facing web sites for research projects’ outreach and dissemination needs, private group collaboration and intranet sites, and custom tracking, reporting, and financial management systems. Ed manages a team of two other web programmers; together they work with numerous technologies to identify and implement the most appropriate tool to meet the needs of a project.

In addition, Carolina Demography draws on the expertise of more than 60 faculty fellows from 15 academic disciplines for insight and support.