Adélamar N. Alcántara, Ph.D. (1948-2019)

Former Professor

Memorial for Dr. Dely Alcantara:
Dec. 13,2020 Friday

10:00am Mass
11:00am Memorial
12:00pm Reception St Augustine Catholic Church, Isleta Pueblo
71 Tribal Rd 35 Isleta Village Proper NM 87022

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Adelemar (Dely) Alcantara Memorial Fund, established by the Albuquerque Community Foundation. This fund will be disbursed to various organizations close to Dely. Here is a link:



Adelamar (Dely) has over 30 years of teaching and research in applied demography that includes program evaluation, operations and survey research, population estimates and projections, fertility, mortality, family planning, and gender studies.  As a Senior Research Scientist/Senior Demographer she oversaw the Population Research Team of BBER.  She has authored and co-authored papers and reports that cover such areas as poverty, education, disability, welfare reform, health insurance coverage, women status, and areas in applied demography.  She has taught graduate courses in Quantitative and Analytic Methods for Planning, Applied Statistics for Planners, Survey Research, Field Research Methods, and Family Planning Program Evaluation.    For 20 years she served as the state representative to the US Census Bureau Federal and State Cooperative on Population Estimates and Projections.

Dely was appointed director of the UNM Geospatial and Population Studies in March 2011.  GPS comprises 2 research units, the Traffic Research Unit (formerly Division of Government Research) and the Population Studies Group. GPS has an operating budget of approximately $1.2M, almost all of it from grants and contracts.  As director, she sets the strategic direction for research and service programs in the areas of traffic safety and demographic research.    

Before coming to UNM, Dely was in charge of the Family Program Evaluation Unit of the University of the Philippines Population Institute (UPPI) and also served as a policy and research consultant to the National Commission on Population and the Population Center Foundation.  Her responsibilities included the following: designing and implementing a record keeping and monitoring system that was used by the Philippine National Population Program for operations research; designing, implementing, and analyzing national family planning acceptor surveys; serving as a consultant to the National Commission on Population on issues and policies related to Family Planning, Fertility, Mortality, and Migration; training community-based researchers and establishing social and demographic research centers in regional universities; and representing UPPI in international conferences and committees on applied research in population. As a graduate student at the East-West Center, Dely designed and conducted a national survey of Korean and Filipino Immigrants to the United States.

Dely has excellent training and solid experience in using a variety of statistical and demographic techniques and models for estimating and projecting populations and analyzing large data sets.  She obtained her MA and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology with concentration in Demography and Gender Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with fellowship funding from the East-West Center.