Director, Ssrc
Social Science Research Center

Tancy Vandecar-Burdin

NORFOLK, 23529

Dr. Vandecar-Burdin has served as the Associate Director of the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) since its inception in 1998 and is responsible for the administration, development, and implementation of social science research grants and contracts. Dr. Vandecar-Burdin collaborates with university faculty, health and human service professionals, and other individuals, groups, and businesses to determine research needs and provide assistance for applying specific methodologies. She regularly carries out and oversees various research activities including: designing and managing surveys instruments (mail, telephone, web-based), developing sampling plans and methodologies, organizing and managing survey data collection, facilitating focus groups, analyzing focus group and other qualitative data, and organizing various research and evaluation planning meetings. She oversees the annual Life in Hampton Roads telephone survey that has collected data about the quality of life in the region since 2010. Her research interests include nursing home policy, changes in research methods, and issues surrounding the mentally ill and the criminal justice system. Dr. Vandecar-Burdin earned her Master of Arts in Applied Sociology with a certificate in Criminal Justice from Old Dominion University as well as a PhD in Public Administration and Urban Policy.

Ph.D. in Public Administration and Urban Policy, Old Dominion University, (2009)

M.A. in Applied Sociology (with a certificate in Criminal Justice), Old Dominion University, (1997)

B.S. in Criminal Justice, Russell Sage College, (1994)

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Vandecar-Burdin, T. and Gainey, R. R. "Smart Supervision Project" $116,509. State. May 1, 2017 - September 30, 2019
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "ODU/DBHDS Family Survey and QMR" $47,000. State. December 1, 2017 - November 30, 2018
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "2017 Life in Hampton Roads Survey" $15,600. Old Dominion University. May 22, 2017 - August 31, 2018
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "2017 MHSIP & YSS-F Survey" $38,845. State. May 15, 2017 - May 14, 2018
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "DSS Childcare Market Rate Survey" $66,036. Higher Education. November 22, 2017 - March 31, 2018
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "2016-2017 VB DBHDS QMR Family Survey Interviews Project" $56,000. Higher Education. December 1, 2016 - November 30, 2017
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "Qualitative Focus Group Coding And Analysis" $2,182. Other. August 1, 2016 - November 30, 2017
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "2017 Virginia Beach DHS Consumer Survey" $1,282. Local. August 16, 2017 - November 15, 2017
Vandecar-Burdin, T., Gallina, M. and Triplett, R. A. "2016 Portsmouth Public Safety Needs Assessment" $27,594. Local. September 23, 2016 - October 22, 2017
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "Clark Nexsen Resiliency Survey" $2,156. Commercial. July 3, 2017 - July 20, 2017
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "2016 MHSIP Survey" $40,000. Higher Education. May 15, 2016 - May 14, 2017
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "2016 VB DHS Consumer Survey" $1,708. Local. July 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "Readership Survey For The Henrico Citizen" $1,094. Commercial. May 16, 2016 - August 15, 2016
Vandecar-Burdin, T. "Chinese Novel Translation Survey" $2,601. Foreign. February 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016


Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
Program Evaluation
Survey Research Methods


Harris, K., Resnick-Luetke, S., Wilson-John, W., Miller-Stevens, K., Vandecar-Burdin, T. and Morris, J. C. (2015). Assessing Partnerships Between the Military and Civilian Agencies To Meet Transitioning Service Members’ Needs. Armed Forces & Society 42 (3) , pp. 585-604.
Vandecar-Burdin, T. and Payne, B. K. (2010). Risk Factors for Victimization of Younger and Older Persons: Assessing Differences in Isolation, Intra-individual Characteristics, and Health Factors. Journal of Criminal Justice 38 (2) , pp. 160-165.
Vandecar-Burdin, T., Payne, B. K., Carmody, D. C. and Plichta, S. B. (2007). Domestic Violence Training Policies: Their Influence on Training Participation and Awareness.. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work 22 , pp. 292-301.
Vandecar-Burdin, T., Plichta, S. B., Odor, R., Reams, S. and Zhang, Y. (2006). The Emergency Department and Victims of Sexual Violence: An Assessment of Preparedness to Help. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration , pp. 285-308.
Vandecar-Burdin, T. and Harlow, J. (2002). The Culture and Challenge of Performance Measurement in Public Sector Human Services. The Journal of Global Awareness , pp. 1-11.


Vandecar-Burdin, T. (March , 2018). Using Data for Informed Decision-Making: The Case of the Life in Hampton Roads Survey Paper 2018 Annual Symposium of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration Norfolk, VA.
Harris, K., Resnick-Luetke, S., Wilson-John, W., Miller-Stevens, K., Morris, J. C. and Vandecar-Burdin, T. ( 2014). Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life: An Exploration of Community Capacity to Meet Service Members’ Needs Paper 75th Annual American Society for Public Administration conference Washington, D.C..
Richman, J. T. and Vandecar-Burdin, T. ( 2013). Cell Phones, Land Lines, and the Future of Public Opinion Research Paper Midwest Political Science Association annual conference .
Dunman, R. and Vandecar-Burdin, T. ( 2012). Collaborative Relationships Between EEO/AA, Human Resources and Diversity Professionals: Survey Report Paper American Association for Affirmative Action annual conference Washington, D.C..
Gainey, R. R., Triplett, R. A. and Vandecar-Burdin, T. ( 2012). Perceptions of Neighborhood Problems and Reactions to Them: The Perceptions of Community Leaders and Residents Paper American Society of Criminology annual conference Chicago, IL.
Yusuf, J., Harris, K., Saint John Iii, B., Ash, I. K., Vandecar-Burdin, T., Richman, J. T. and Atkinson, L. P. ( 2012). Policies to Address Sea Level Rise: The Role of Legislators’ Knowledge, Awareness and Perceived Risks Paper .
Guterbock, T. M., Vandecar-Burdin, T., White, S. G., Willis-Walton, S. and Agnello, P. ( 2010). College Road Trip: Transforming the NHTS into a Web-Based Travel Diary Survey of University Students in Virginia Paper 65th Annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research Chicago, IL.
Vandecar-Burdin, T. and Camarena, M. ( 2005). Before You Seek Funding: Defining Community Needs Paper Presented as part of the Collaborating to Fund Literacy in Hampton Roads Series Norfolk, VA.
Vandecar-Burdin, T., Plichta, S. B., Tiraphat, S. and Houseman, C. ( 2005). Rape Victims: Are Primary Care Practices Prepared? Paper the 133rd Annual meeting of the American Public Health Association Philadelphia, PA.
Vandecar-Burdin, T. and Barbosa, C. (September , 2004). Preliminary Report of Findings From the VDH Sexual Assault Study Paper Presented to the Virginia Sexual Assault Advisory Committee Richmond, VA.
Vandecar-Burdin, T. and Wilson-John, W. ( 2003). Creating Connections with Part C Data: iTOTS Report Demonstration and Training Paper Second Annual Infant and Toddler Connection of Virginia Conference Roanoke, VA.
Vandecar-Burdin, T. and Nolan, J. A. . (November , 1997). Bailing Out of Bonds: The Effect of Victim/Offender Relationships and Other Factors in the Setting of Bail Paper American Society of Criminology San Diego, CA.
Vandecar-Burdin, T. and Gainey, R. R. (November , 1997). The Impact of Legal and Extra-Legal Factors on Sentencing Outcomes Paper American Society of Criminology San Diego, CA.