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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Board On Behavioral Cognitive and Sensory Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
BBCSS Membership

To perform its role effectively, the Board draws on experts from a wide range of scientific disciplines. Members are generally appointed for 3 year terms. The dynamic nature of the membership allows the Board to better keep pace both with the field and changing sponsor needs. Current membership includes experts in such domains as cognition, human development, sensory sciences, social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, social neuroscience, medical ethics, evolutionary and economic anthropology, and health psychology.

Member Spotlight: Read interviews with current and former BBCSS members
Past Chairs: List of past BBCSS chairs
Susan FiskeSusan T. Fiske Ph.D., NAS


Eugene Higgins Professor,
Psychology and Public Affairs
Princeton University

Susan T. Fiske is Eugene Higgins Professor, Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University (Ph.D., Harvard University; honorary doctorates, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands; Universität Basel, Switzerland). She investigates social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal, and neural levels. Author of over 300 articles and chapters, she is most known for theories and research on how people think about each other: the continuum model of impression formation, the power-as-control theory, the ambivalent sexism theory, and the stereotype content model (SCM). Currently an editor of the Annual Review of Psychology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, she has written Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture and Envy Up and Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was 2014-15 President of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences and 2002-03 President of the Association for Psychological Science.

BBCSS Members
Laura CarstensenLaura L. Carstensen, Ph.D.
Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr Professor, Public Policy
Department of Psychology
Stanford University

Laura L. Carstensen is Professor of Psychology at Stanford University where she is the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy and founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. She is best known for socioemotional selectivity theory, a life-span theory of motivation. For more than twenty years her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging and she was honored with a MERIT award in 2005. Her most current empirical research focuses on ways in which motivational changes influence cognitive processing. Dr. Carstensen is a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America. She has chaired two studies for the National Academy of Sciences, resulting in noted reports The Aging Mind and When I’m 64. She is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on an Aging Society and serves on the National Advisory Council on Aging to NIA. Carstensen has won numerous awards, including the Kleemeier Award, The Kalish Award for Innovative Research and the Distinguished Mentorship Award from the Gerontological Society of America, as well as the Master Mentor Award from the American Psychological Association. She was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow in 2003. In 2011, she authored A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity. Carstensen received her B.S. from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University. She holds an honorary doctorate from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Judy DubnoJudy R. Dubno, Ph.D.
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Director of Research
Medical University of South Carolina

Judy R. Dubno is a Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where she has been a faculty member since 1991. Dr. Dubno’s multi-faceted research program on human auditory system function has made long-lasting contributions regarding the encoding of auditory information in simple sounds and speech, as well as how these abilities change in adverse listening conditions, with age, and with hearing loss. In each of these areas, Dr. Dubno has had a significant impact on our fundamental knowledge of auditory perceptual abilities, and on methods of auditory assessment and rehabilitation. Throughout her distinguished career in auditory research, Dr. Dubno has built an extensive research program that has addressed a wide range of key issues pertaining to auditory perception, sensorineural hearing loss, presbyacusis, and speech recognition. After earning her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center, Dr. Dubno completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA School of Medicine, where she also served as a faculty member before moving to MUSC. Dr. Dubno’s other activities include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hearing Health Foundation, and as co-chair of the NIDCD Working Group on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults with Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss. She previously served on the NIDCD Advisory Council of the NIH, two Institute of Medicine committees, as President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, and is currently the President of the Acoustical Society of America. She is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the recipient of the 2011 James Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology.
Robert GoldstoneRobert L. Goldstone, Ph.D.

Chancellor’s Professor
Psychological and Brain Sciences department and Cognitive Science
Indiana University

Robert Goldstone is Chancellor’s Professor in the Psychological and Brain Sciences department and Cognitive Science program at Indiana University, where he has been a faculty member since 1991. He received a B.A. degree from Oberlin College in 1986 in cognitive science, a Master’s degree from University of Illinois in 1989, and a Ph.D. in psychology from University of Michigan in 1991. His research interests include concept learning and representation, perceptual learning, educational applications of cognitive science, decision making, collective behavior, and computational modeling of human cognition. His interests in education focus on learning and transfer in mathematics and science, computational models of learning, and the design of innovative learning technologies. He was awarded two American Psychological Association (APA) Young Investigator awards in 1995 for articles appearing in Journal of Experimental Psychology, the 1996 Chase Memorial Award for Outstanding Young Researcher in Cognitive Science, a 1997 James McKeen Cattell Sabbatical Award, the 2000 APA Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of Cognition and Human Learning, and a 2004 Troland research award from the National Academy of Sciences. He was the executive editor of Cognitive Science from 2001-2005, associate editor of Psychonomic Bulletin & Review from 1998-2000, and associate editor of Cognitive Psychology and Topics in Cognitive Science from 2007-2013. He was elected as a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists in 2004, a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 2007, and a fellow of the Cognitive Science Society in 2006. From 2006 to 2011 he was the director of the Indiana University Cognitive Science Program.
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Daniel R. Ilgen, Ph.D.
John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
Department of Management
Michigan State University
Daniel R. Ilgen is John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois and subsequently held faculty appointments at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, and Purdue University before coming to Michigan State University. He a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Management, the International Association of Applied Psychology, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. His work is in the general areas of work motivation, team behavior, and leadership.  In recognition of this work, he received the Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and  the Herbert A Henneman, Jr. Lifetime Career Achievement Award given by the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management.  He has served in numerous roles for the National Research Council including ten years as a member of  the Committee on Human Factors and as a member of study panels that led to books on pay for performance, human protection in social and behavioral research, and future human behavior needs in soldier systems.
Nina JablonskiNina G. Jablonski, Ph.D.


Distinguished Professor of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
Pennsylvania State University, University Park


Nina G. Jablonski is the head and professor of the Department of Anthropology at The Pennsylvania State University at University Park. Dr. Jablonski received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Bryn Mawr College, and her Ph.C. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology from the University of Washington, where she explored the functional analysis of the masticatory apparatus in primates. She holds a number of academic honors, including fellow at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2002) and receipt of the W.W. Howells Award of the American Anthropological Association for best book in biological anthropology (2007)—Skin: A Natural History. Dr. Jablonski has received a number of additional awards, notably the J. William Fulbright Senior Scholarship for research and teaching in Nepal (1998) and the Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Fellowship (2005) for a project focused on improving the public understanding of the biological and social meaning of skin color. Presently, Dr. Jablonski’s research focuses on human and primate evolution, with emphasis on the evolution of primate lineages in relation to environmental change, illumination of the history of adaptation, and the relationship between change in environment and evolution, and she has long-term interests in the evolution and biogeography of Old World monkeys. Additional areas of interest include the evolution of human skin coloration, evolution of bipedalism in the human lineage, and mammalian paleoecology in the late Tertiary and Quaternary era sites in eastern Asia.

James JacksonJames S. Jackson, Ph.D., IOM


Director and Research Professor
Institute for Social Research
Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology
University of Michigan


James S. Jackson is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health, and Director and Research Professor of the Institute for Social Research. He is the past Chair, Social Psychology Training Program and Director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics, the Program for Research on Black Americans, and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies, all at the University of Michigan. He is past-Chair of the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences (K) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a former Chair of the Section on Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Task Force on Minority Issues of the Gerontological Society of America, and the Committee on International Relations and the Association for the Advancement of Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is the current President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. He served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging Advisory Council and the Board of Scientific Counselors of NIA. He was recently named to the NIH Advisory Council to the Director. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, American Psychological Association, Association of Psychological Sciences, International Demographic Association, New York Academy of Medicine, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Contributions to Research Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues, American Psychological Association, the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Distinguished Career Contributions in Applied Psychology, the Association for Psychological Sciences, Presidential Citation, American Psychological Association, and Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Sciences, New York Academy of Medicine. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Nancy KanwisherNancy G. Kanwisher, Ph.D., NAS
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Nancy G. Kanwisher (NAS) is the Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT, and Investigator at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Dr. Kanwisher held a MacArthur Fellowship in Peace and International Security for two years. Kanwisher then served as a faculty member for several years each in the UCLA and Harvard Psychology departments, before returning to MIT in 1997. Kanwisher's lab has contributed to the identification and characterization of a number of regions in the human brain that conduct very specific cognitive functions, including four that are involved in the visual perception of specific kinds of stimuli (faces, places, bodies, and words). Kanwisher received a Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences in 1999, a MacVicar Faculty Fellow teaching Award from MIT in 2002, and the Golden Brain Award from the Minerva Foundation in 2007. She was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. She received her B.S. in 1980 and her PhD in 1986, both from MIT.
 JaniceKiecolt-GlaserJanice Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D., IOM

Distinguished University Professor
S. Robert Davis Chair of Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Janice Kiecolt-Glaser (IOM) the Director of the Ohio State University Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, also holds the title of Distinguished University Professor as well as the S. Robert Davis Chair in the Ohio State College of Medicine. A clinical psychologist who works in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, she has authored more than 250 articles, chapters, and books, most in collaboration with Dr. Ronald Glaser. Their studies have demonstrated important health consequences of stress on the immune response. In addition, their programmatic work has focused on how personal relationships influence immune and endocrine function, and health. Another newer segment of her research focuses on the intersection of nutritional neuroscience and psychoneuroimmunology; her recent work has shown that stress and depression can dysregulate energy metabolism following high-fat meals. She earned her PhD from the University of Miami and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine.

Most notable among her honors is her membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. A Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the American Psychological Association, she has received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology twice. Her research was also recognized by the Patricia R. Barchas Award for outstanding contributions to the study of the impact of social behavior on physiology from the American Psychosomatic Society, as well as the Norman Cousins Award from the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society. She is listed in the Institute for Scientific Information’s (among the world's most highly cited authors, a group comprising less than one half of one percent of all publishing researchers). She has served on the editorial boards of 10 journals. Her research has been supported by a series of grants from the National Institutes of Health, including a MERIT award.
William MaurerBill Maurer, Ph.D.
Dean of Social Sciences
Professor of Anthropology and Law
University of California, Irvine

Bill Maurer is Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of California, Irvine. As Dean, he leads the largest academic unit on the UC Irvine campus, boasting several top ranked programs, and departments ranging from Cognitive Sciences to Chicano/Latino Studies. He is also the Director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which supports research in over 40 countries on how new technologies of payment impact poor people’s existing monetary practices and traditional savings and money transfer systems. He was also founding Co-Director of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, an industry/academia collaboration involving five university campuses and a network of over 80 faculty, graduate students and industry researchers. A cultural anthropologist, he conducts research on law, money and finance, focusing on the technological infrastructures, material cultures, and social relations of exchange and payment, from cowries to credit cards. He has particular expertise in emerging, alternative and experimental forms of money, payment and finance, their legal implications, and how they have the potential to challenge the definition and nature of money itself. His research has been supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation and other agencies. He is the author or editor of eight books, including Mutual Life, Limited: Islamic Banking, Alternative Currencies, Lateral Reason (Princeton, 2005), which received the Victor Turner Award. He was the William S. Wyse Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Cambridge in 2013. The past-president of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, he has served on numerous editorial boards including American Anthropologist, Cultural Anthropology, and PoLAR: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review. He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy. He was a member of the World Economic Forum Working Group on Mobile Financial Services Development, the New York City Office of Financial Empowerment Mobile Study Advisory Council, and other working groups on mobile payments, consumer protection and the payments industry. He continues to advise policy makers, philanthropic organizations and industry on new technologies of money and payment and their social and behavioral inputs and effects. He received his B.A. from Vassar College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
John MonahanJohn Monahan, Ph.D. IOM
John S. Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law
Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatric
Medicine and Neurobehavioral Sciences
School of Law
University of Virginia

John Monahan (IOM) holds the Shannon Distinguished Professorship in Law at the University of Virginia, where he is also a Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. Monahan has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, New York University School of Law, All Souls College, Oxford, and the American Academy in Rome. He was the founding President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Psychology and Law, and received an honorary law degree from the City University of New York. Monahan has written over 200 articles and chapters and is the author or editor of 17 books, two of which, The Clinical Prediction of Violent Behavior, and (with others) Rethinking Risk Assessment: The MacArthur Study of Mental Illness and Violence won the Manfred Guttmacher Award of the American Psychiatric Association. He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences in 1998. Monahan has directed two Research Networks for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His law school casebook with Laurens Walker, Social Science in Law, is in its 8th edition and was recently translated into Chinese. Monahan’s work has been cited frequently by courts, including the California Supreme Court in the landmark Tarasoff v. Regents case, and the United States Supreme Court in Barefoot v. Estelle, in which he was referred to as "the leading thinker on the issue" of violence risk assessment.
Steven PetersenSteven E. Petersen, Ph.D.
James S. McDonnell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Chief of the Division of Neuropsychology
School of Medicine
Washington University Medical School

Steven E. Petersen is the James S. McDonnell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Chief of the Division of Neuropsychology in the School of Medicine at the Washington University Medical School. Dr. Petersen received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana in Missoula in 1974, and his PhD in Biology from the California Institute of Technology in 1982. His research focuses on the development of reading, attentional control systems, and large-scale functional brain networks in humans. One current area of research focuses on using network measures to predict outcomes from brain lesions. He has won the Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award and is a co-recipient of the Grauemeyer Award in Psychology, and is a fellow of AAAS and the American Psychological Society.
Dana SmallDana M. Small, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, The John B. Pierce Laboratory
Professor of Psychiatry, Yale Medical School
Visiting Professor, University of Cologne

Dana M. Small is the Deputy Director of the John B. Pierce Laboratory, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale Medical School and visiting Professor in the Cluster for Excellence at the University of Cologne in Germany. She received graduate degrees in Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology from McGill University in 2001.
Dr. Small is interested in taste, flavor and ingestive behavior, and has written extensively on the topics of flavor perception and food reward in humans. She is currently interested in understanding the effects of the modern food environment on brain function using a reverse translational approach, bridging findings from humans to rodent and other model organisms. Ongoing projects aim to identify brain adaptations that result from a diet high in fat and sugar; to determine their perceptual, cognitive and behavioral correlates; and to investigate mechanisms for their reversal. She is involved in several international projects targeting the prevention and treatment of diabetes and obesity including membership on the scientific advisory boards of the Helmholtz Alliance Imaging and Curing Environmental Metabolic Diseases (ICEMED), the European Consortium “Nudge-It” to determine the role of the brain in food choice, and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Treatment Strategies. She also currently serves on the executive committee for the Association for Chemoreception Sciences and the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Dr. Small has been recognized for her work by election to the International Neuropsychological Symposium in 2001, receipt of the Ajinomoto Award for Research in Gustation in 2003, the Moskowitz Jacobs Award for Research Excellence in the Psychophysics of Taste and Smell in 2005, the Firmenich Flavor and Fragrance Science Award in 2007 for her work on taste-odor integration, and the Ruth Pike Award in 2010 for contributions to nutrition research. She is executive editor of Appetite, and serves on the editorial boards of Biological Psychiatry, Molecular Metabolism, Neuroimaging: Clinical and Chemosensory Perception. Her laboratory is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the National Cancer Institute.
Timothy StraumanTimothy J. Strauman, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Duke University

Timothy J. Strauman is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University and also Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine. Prof. Strauman's research interests focus on the psychological and neurobiological processes of self-regulation, conceptualized in terms of a cognitive/motivational perspective, as well as the relation between self-regulation and affect and how such processes might contribute to psychopathology. Within this general domain, his particular areas of emphasis include: conceptualizing self-regulation in terms of basic “self/brain/behavior” motivational systems; the role of self-regulatory processes in vulnerability to depression and other disorders; the impact of psychotherapy on self-regulatory function and dysfunction in depression; how normative and non-normative socialization patterns influence the development of individual differences in self-regulation; the contributory roles of self-regulation, affect, and psychopathology in determining immunologically-mediated susceptibility to illness; development of a brief structured psychotherapy for depression targeting self-regulatory dysfunction; and most recently, the use of brain imaging techniques to test hypotheses concerning self-regulation, including the nature and function of hypothetical regulatory systems and characterizing the breakdowns in self-regulation that lead to and accompany depression. Prof. Strauman's clinical interests follow from his program of research. Specifically, he is interested in learning how psychotherapy remediates disorders such as depression and whether psychotherapy is effective at reducing risk for relapse and recurrence of emotional disorders. His lab's clinically focused research includes the development and validation of a new self-regulation - based therapy for depression, self-system therapy, and the use of neuroimaging techniques to examine the mechanisms of action of treatments for depression. Prof. Strauman is a former president of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Strauman received his M.A. in Psychology and Human Development from the University of Chicago in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Psychology from New York University in 1987.
 AllanWagnerAllan R. Wagner, Ph.D., NAS

James Rowland Angell Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
Yale University

Allan R. Wagner is the James Rowland Angell Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Yale University, where he has previously served as Chair of the Department of Psychology, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Division of the Social Sciences. His research has focused on the basic determinants of associative learning and their relatively automatic influence in habituation, conditioned responding, choice behavior and causal judgments. He has been responsible for several influential computational theories of associative learning, including the Rescorla-Wagner model, the Sometimes Opponent Process (SOP) model, the Affective Extension of SOP (AESOP), and the Replaced Elements Model (REM) of configural representation. His research has been recognized by his receipt of the Howard Crosby Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, the W. Horsley Gant Medal of the Pavlovian Society, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, and the William James Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association for Psychological Science, as well as his election to the National Academy of Sciences. He has edited numerous journals and collections, including the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes for eight years. He has previously served on the Experimental Psychology Research Review Committee of the National Institute of Mental Health, the Psychobiology Panel of the National Science Foundation, the Behavioral Science Cluster of the President’s Biomedical Research Panel, and the Committee on Basic Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences of the National Research Council. He is currently a member of the Research Committee of the High Profile Interrogation Group of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Jeremy WolfeJeremy M. Wolfe, Ph.D.


Professor, Ophthalmology and Radiology
Director, Visual Attention Lab
Director, Center for Advanced Medical Imaging
Harvard Medical School


Jeremy M. Wolfe is a professor of ophthalmology and radiology and head of the Visual Attention Lab at Harvard Medical School. In addition, he is a visiting faculty member in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT and an adjunct associate professor in cognitive and neural systems at Boston University. He has extensive expertise in vision, binocular perception, visual attention, and cognitive science, and his work has had continuous federal funding for 30 years. His lab has worked on problems of visual search for 25 years. He and his team have been developing the “Guided Search” (GS) model through several iterations, with GS2 being one of the most cited papers in the field of visual search. In recent years, he has become increasingly interested in the separable processes of selective and non-selective processes as described in his team’s “two-pathway” model in Trends in Cognitive Science (2011). He is particularly interested in the socially important, complex, artificial search tasks created in medical imaging, especially cancer screening, and during the past five years he has begun research collaborations in radiology. He is broadly active in his field and is editor-in-chief of Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics and president of the Experimental Psychology division of the American Psychological Association. He chairs the Panel on Soldier Systems (part of Army Research Lab Technical Assessment Board) run by the National Academy of Sciences. He has authored 117 published papers, 1 textbook, 26 book chapters, and numerous other publications. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from MIT.

 BBCSS Director
Barbara WanchisenBarbara Wanchisen, Ph.D.


Director, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences
National Research Council


Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D., serves as the Director of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences at the National Research Council in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for oversight and development of new projects and activities under the board, primarily working with representatives from the federal government and relevant foundations.

Wanchisen received a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, an M.A. in English from Villanova University, and her doctorate in Experimental Psychology from Temple University. She is a long-standing member of the Psychonomic Society, the Association for Behavior Analysis - International, and the American Psychological Association, where she is a Fellow of Division 25 (Behavior Analysis). She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and The Behavior Analyst while also serving as a guest reviewer of a number of other journals.

From November 2001 until April 2008, Wanchisen was the executive director of a non-profit advocacy organization called the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, & Cognitive Sciences in Washington, DC, and, during that tenure, she was instrumental in the founding of the Federation's Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, which assumed the educational mission of the Federation. Previously, Wanchisen was Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the college-wide Honors Program at Baldwin-Wallace University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.


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