The Center for Demographic Research has provided high quality, independent research on a variety of topics to the River Region for more than 30 years.

The Power of Knowledge
For more than 30 years, the Center for Demographic Research has provided high quality, independent research on a wide variety of population topics. We provide demographic information and guidance on interpretation of complex demographic issues to Alabama’s citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations, and public agencies. You may have seen our publications, like the Alabama Population Data Sheet or the Alabama HIV/AIDS & STDs Data Sheet. These data sheets provide a single source of an abundance of important information about your community and state. This vital information has been used by public and private agencies to help with strategic planning, need assessments, grant applications, and community development programs. In addition to the data sheets, we publish monographs, prepare customized research reports, and write informational articles for newspapers and various organizations. In addition to providing information about Alabama’s population, the Center for Demographic Research can help you design research on other populations you may be interested in – whether that is your own organization or another group. We design research processes and can assist with questionnaire design, selection of the study population, data collection, statistical analysis, and interpretation of the results.



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Yanyi K. Djamba/Director and Professor 

Yanyi K. Djamba received MA and PhD degrees in Sociology from Louisiana State University. He has previously worked at the Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin; the Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University; and Southeastern Louisiana University, where his last position was Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Applied Sociology Graduate Program. Dr. Djamba has received many professional awards and grants from different sources and has served as consultant to a variety of organizations including the United Nations. His research is widely cited in scholarly publications and in national and international media outlets. Dr. Djamba is a member of many professional organizations, including Southern Demographic Association, Population Association of America, American Sociological Association, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, International Sociological Association, and International Association for Time Use Research. 


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Anna M. Ganey/Program Assistant       

Anna Ganey earned her BAS in Psychology from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas.  She is the Program Assistant at the Center for Demographic Research (CDR). Her duties include, but are not limited to, compiling data, assisting clients, and managing the website. Some projects she has worked on include the 2013 Alabama Population Data Sheet, the River Region United Way 2013 Needs Assessment Survey, and the 2013 Alabama HIV/AIDS & STDs Data Sheet. Prior to joining CDR she was employed at Jackson Hospital. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda, a voracious reader of literature, and lover of the arts.

Shi Lou / Graduate Research Assistant      

Shi Lou has been a graduate research assistant for the Center for Demographic Research (CDR) since August 2012. He has worked on several CDR projects including the Home Instructions for Parents of Preschool Youngsters in Alabama and various data sheets. Shi Lou received a Bachelor degree in Automation Technologies from Tsinghua University in China, and he is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Business Administration and Management at Auburn University at Montgomery. His undergraduate research activities focused on Intellectual Robotic Design and Control, and Route Design for Non-pilot Aero-planes. He has also worked as a customer manager for a major bank in China.

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Terance L. Winemiller/Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology AUM

Dr. Winemiller received MA and PhD degrees from Louisiana State University. Dr. Winemiller is a member of the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and the Register of Professional Archeologists. He has received several grants and awards from different organizations including the National Science Foundation. He has served as a Technical Advisor on the Governor’s Committee for the Black Belt Improvement. Since 1990, Dr. Winemiller has studied and worked on various research projects in Belize, Mexico, and eastern Honduras where he combines archeological and geographical methods and theory to understand ancient lifeways on the periphery of Mesoamerica.  ​

Janice E. Clifford/Associate Professor

Dr. Clifford is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology. She earned her PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of family studies, violent crime, juvenile deviance, and victimization. She is a member of the Homicide Research Working Group and Auburn University Homeland Security Education Initiative. Recent publications appear in the International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and the Encyclopedia of Murder and Violent Crime. She serves as a local chapter advisor for Alpha Kappa Delta-International Sociology Honor Society. Her outreach activities include working with the Domestic Violence Intervention Center.

Mosisa Aga/Associate Professor

Dr. Aga completed his PhD in Mathematics (2006) and MA in Mathematical Statistics (2004) from Wayne State University, and MSC in Mathematics (1992) from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics in School of Sciences, Auburn University Montgomery. His research interest includes time series analysis, bootstrap approximation methods and Gaussian long memory processes. 

Casey A. Borch/Assistant Professor

Dr. Borch obtained his PhD in Sociology with a concentration in Quantitative Methods from the University of Connecticut and Masters in Sociology from the University of South Carolina.  He has published research articles in the fields of social psychology, political and economic sociology, and demography. He is currently a statistical consultant with the Pequot Consulting Group and involved in several community-based outreach programs as well as in the analysis of internal migration trends and patterns in Alabama and the U.S.

Theresa Davidson/Associate Professor

Dr. Davidson earned her PhD in Sociology from Louisiana State University and MA in Sociology from Northern Arizona University. She is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Samford University.  Her current research has focused on the intersection of public opinion and public policy including the areas of immigration, immigrant access to higher education, and same-sex marriage.  She teaches in the area of social stratification including poverty, race and ethnicity, gender, and social class.  She is a member of the Southern Sociological Association and the Mid-South Sociological Association.  ​

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Russell R. Davis/Assistant Professor



Dr. Davis holds a PhD in Sociology from Louisiana State University and a MS in Rural Sociology from Ohio State University. He is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of West Alabama. Dr. Davis has extensive quantitative and qualitative methods training and has previously worked: as a Special Sworn Status Research Contractor at the U.S. Bureau of The Census, Center for Economic Studies; participated in the collection and analysis of state-wide evaluations of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program in Ohio; and a three year study of welfare reform legislation in the state of Louisiana.

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W. Brent Maulden/Senior Consultant

Dr. Maulden earned his PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Memphis. He is a Senior Consultant for the Center for Business. He has managed or provided expertise for a vast array of Center projects including work with client organizations such as the Alabama Board of Bar Examiners, Alabama Department of Finance, City of Prattville (AL), DeKalb County (GA) Police Department, Huntsville Utilities, NiSource, and Colonial Pipeline Corporation. He is an active member of both the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).

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Larry Mullins/Professor Emeritus

Dr. Mullins received his MPhil and PhD degrees from Yale University and his MA degrees from the University of Alabama. He is professor emeritus of sociology, former head of the Department of Sociology and former dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Auburn University Montgomery.  His research has focused on the study of gerontology, especially on the factors associated with the social, emotional, and economic well-being of older persons in different societies throughout the world. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, past president of the Southern Gerontological Society, former director of the International Exchange Center on Gerontology and chair of the Department of Gerontology at the University of South Florida, and a Distinguished Research Professor at Auburn University Montgomery and Alabama State University.  

Alan Seals/Assistant Professor

Dr. Seals received his PhD in Economics and MA in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University. As Assistant Professor at Auburn University he conducts research on the economics of the family and the economics of crime. His current work focuses on the effects of child custody laws on household bargaining and the economic determinants of street gang participation. Before coming to Auburn, he spent two years as a professor at Oklahoma City University. Dr. Seals is an active member of the American Economic Association, Southern Economic Association, and the Society of Labor Economists.

Bridgette Harper/Associate Professor                       

Dr. Harper received her PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Auburn University Montgomery where she teaches coursework in lifespan and child development.  Her research focuses on the intervention and prevention of peer victimization.  Dr. Harper has published articles in leading journals such as The Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology and The Journal of Early Adolescence.

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Brian E. Johnson/Assistant Professor



Dr. Johnson earned his PhD in Geography at Indiana University in 2010. He is an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Sociology at Auburn University at Montgomery. He has published in journals such as GeoJournal, Urban Geography, Geographical Bulletin, Spaces & Flows: An International Journal of Urban & ExtraUrban Studies, Qualitative Research, and Journal of Transport Geography. Before joining AUM, he lived in Boston’s North End and taught at Boston University, Salem State University, and Rhode Island College.  He is an active member of the Association of American Geographers and co-chair of the Stand Alone Geographers Affinity Group.

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Suman Majumdar/Senior Consultant

Dr. Majumdar earned his PhD in Applied Economics from Auburn University in 2011. He also holds a master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from New Mexico State University. He is a Senior Consultant at the Center for Government and Public Affairs, Auburn University Montgomery. He specializes in econometric and mathematical modeling of data. Areas of his research experience include, but are not limited to, non-market valuation of natural resources; demand for outdoor recreation and tourism; socioeconomic aspects of renewable energy generation; economics of fertility; US lumber market; value of water in agriculture; land use change; housing prices; and demand-side management of residential water use.

Andrzej Kulczycki/Associate Professor


Andrzej Kulczycki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Kulczycki's research focuses on reproductive health, demography, maternal and child health, health programs and policies, and research methods. His work has appeared in leading journals and scholarly books. He is the author of a landmark comparative study of abortion practice and policy (The Abortion Debate in the World Arena, published by Macmillan and Routledge). He is a member of several professional organizations and serves as the Chair-Elect of the Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health section of the American Public Health Association; Treasurer of the research committee on population of the International Sociological Association; and members of several Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working groups that are preparing the National Action Plan for the prevention, detection, and management of infertility. 

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Nicole Brazelton/Strategic Resource Solutions

Nicole Brazelton is the President and Founder of Strategic Resource Solutions LLC; which is a Montgomery-based management and consulting firm that specializes in strategic planning, RFP development/technical writing, focus group facilitation and a variety of services. Nicole earned a B.A. in Psychology from Samford University and a Master of Public Administration degree with certification in nonprofit management from Auburn University at Montgomery. Her professional background is comprised of nearly 15 years of experience in public administration, nonprofit management and grant and fund development. Nicole also serves as a federal grant reviewer on an as-needed basis, and has spent countless hours serving on various nonprofit boards such as: Envision 2020, Hands on River Region, the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless, and Transformation Montgomery.

Board Members

Jessica Hardy/Alabama Department of Public Health

Jessica Hardy is a registered nurse, with an advanced degree in Public Health from the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). She has served more than nineteen years with the Alabama Department of Public Health in various capacities, which include: Assistant State Nursing Director, Emergency Preparedness Nurse Coordinator, and as the Alabama Women’s Health Liaison for the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services and for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jessica was appointed to serve as the first Director for the Alabama Office of Women’s Health in 2002, and was appointed as Acting Director of Minority Health in 2009. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Troy University, Alabama.

Debra K. Hodges/Alabama Department of Public Health

Dr. Hodges has a PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Public Health and is currently an adjunct professor for UAB, acting as a liaison between UAB and ADPH. Dr. Hodges has worked in the field of Injury Prevention for 5 years as the Research Unit Director. In addition, she is the Program Evaluator of the Alabama Asthma Program. She is working to initiate an occupational injury surveillance system and has worked closely with the Center for Disease Control in the area of disaster-related injuries. 

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Jamie L. Keith/Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Jamie L. Keith earned a MS in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University, and a BS in Management from Park University. She is the Executive Director of the Alabama Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. She is a member of the Board of Advisors of The National Support Center for State Teen Pregnancy Prevention Organizations, at Advocates for Youth and the State and Local Action (SLA), Advisory Group at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.  Ms. Keith is also a training consultant with Healthy Teen Network.  She has served on a Program Review Panel of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and currently serves on the Advocates for Youth HIV Review Panel Promoting Science-Based Approaches.  

Sonya Smith/Center for Community Advancement

Sonya Smith is executive director of the Center for Community Advancement located in Dothan, Alabama. The nonprofit organization where she serves focuses on cultural preservation for American Indian people using a wide variety of direct supports such as cultural arts, cultural events and culturally educational curriculum based workshops. Smith devotes her research to the study of federal Indian law with an emphasis on areas affecting the life ways of American Indian people. She is an advisory board member for the American Indian Student Association and steering committee at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Human Services at Capella University and will begin her doctorate level studies in 2013.