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State Demographer

Lloyd B. Potter, Ph.D.

State Demographer

Research Interest: Dr. Potter’s current work focuses upon understanding and communicating demographic processes in Texas, training doctoral level applied demographers in the areas of public policy and health, and conducting demographic research on public policy and health related topics. Over his career, Dr. Potter’s work has focused on applying demographic methods and social and behavioral science in public health settings. Before joining the Institute, Dr. Potter was Director of the Center for Study and Prevention of Injury, Violence, and Suicide at the non-profit company Education Development Center. Earlier he managed the youth violence and suicide prevention program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Research Staff

Jeffrey A. Jordan, Ph.D.

Senior Research Associate

Research Interest: Dr. Jordan has been involved in numerous research projects that investigate the relationship between demography and various other socioeconomic issues in Texas including transportation, energy conservation, labor force, education, criminal justice, and social services. For the past 15 years, he has provided data, programming, and GIS expertise on the various projects at the Institute and the Texas Demographic Center. Previously, he worked at the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University where he was involved in several research projects addressing demographic and social services topics.

David Kruse, MCRP, AICP

Senior Research Associate

Research Interest: Mr. Kruse has over thirty years’ experience in the field of city and regional planning with the City of Dallas, North Central Texas Council of Governments and, until recently, the Alamo Area Council of Governments. During this time he has worked in the areas of neighborhood planning, small area population and employment forecasting/allocation in support of transportation planning, as well as decision support for local governments. Mr. Kruse is currently providing transportation planning support for TxDOT throughout the state.

Beverly Pecotte, M.S.

Senior Research Associate

Research Interest: Ms. Pecotte is the liaison between the U.S. Census Bureau and the Texas Demographic Center. She has over 30 years of experience coordinating the efforts of research, academic and programming staff on projects. Her expertise in Census Data has proven valuable to research programs within the Institute and the Texas Demographic Center. Ms. Pecotte’s research has included analysis of demographic distribution patterns for Texas population groups and examination of socioeconomic characteristics for residents. She has worked with and contributed to the Texas population estimates and projections program since its inception in 1986. In support of IDSER and TDC activities, Ms. Pecotte also assists with coordinating meetings, conferences, and training sessions for state and national participants.

Sara Robinson, M.S.

Research Scientist Associate

Research Interest: Ms. Robinson has supported a variety of research projects in her time here at the Institute. These projects have focused on the topics of education, health, crime, energy consumption and environmental sustainability. She has also provided support for various projections, demographic profiles and requests from the Texas Demographic Center.

Lila Valencia, Ph.D.

Senior Demographer

Research Interest: Dr. Valencia is a senior demographer in the Texas Demographic Center. She has over 10 years of experience in quantitative and qualitative research in both the public and private sectors. Her current work involves understanding and communicating demographic trends and processes in Texas. She has a diverse research background, including projects focused on migration, energy consumption, transportation, and gender-based violence.

Steve White, M.S.

Senior Research Associate

Research Interest: Mr. White’s current work includes research on the interrelationships between public policy and demography that focuses on domestic and international migration, the foreign-born population, and workforce demographics. He also oversees a human services data bank for TANF, SNAP, and Medicaid recipients in Texas. With more than 20 years of research experience, Mr. White’s previous work has included analyses of hazardous waste facility siting, property tax issues, community care for the elderly, higher education enrollment and funding, student financial aid, adult literacy, rural development issues, TANF caseload dynamics, Medicaid participation, the use of human services by non-citizens, food security issues, health insurance coverage, residential energy

Xiuhong "Helen" You, Ph.D.

Senior Demographer

Research Interest: Dr. You is the lead scientist for the Texas Demographic Center Population Estimates and Projections program. She has over 15 years of demographic research experience with a general interest in demography and public policy in Texas. Her recent research revolves around population estimates and projections for Texas, although her works cover a wide range of topics including welfare, education, migration, health and health care in Texas. Some of her recent projects include the Population Estimates for Texas, the Educational Attainment Projections of the Texas Labor Force, the Diabetes Projections and the Projections of the Uninsured in Texas.