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 anthropology, and health psychology.
|Member Spotlight: Read interviews with current and former BBCSS members|
|Past Chairs: List of past BBCSS chairs|
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|John T. Cacioppo, Ph.D., Chair |
Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor
Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience
Department of Psychology
The University of Chicago
John Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. He has written and/or coauthored 17 books and more than 400 chapters and articles. He is a member of the Society of Experimental Psychology; a past-president of the Association for Psychological Science; the Chair-Elect for the Psychology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and the recipient of various honors including the National Academy of Sciences Troland Research Award, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Donald Campbell Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions, the Society for Psychophysiological Research Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Theoretical Innovation Prize. Dr. Cacioppo’s research concerns the behavioral and biological effects of social isolation, with an emphasis on underlying mechanisms.
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|Richard Bonnie, LL.B., IOM |
Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
Professor of Public Policy
Director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy
University of Virginia
Richard Bonnie is Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Science, Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. He teaches and writes about criminal law, bioethics, and public policies relating to mental health, substance abuse, aging and public health. Professor Bonnie has been actively involved in public service throughout his career. Among many other positions, he has been Associate Director of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse; Secretary of the first National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse; and chair of Virginia’s State Human Rights Committee responsible for protecting rights of persons with mental disabilities. He recently chaired a Commission on Mental Health Law Reform at the request of the Chief Justice of Virginia. Professor Bonnie has served as an advisor to the American Psychiatric Association Council on Psychiatry and Law since 1979, received the APA’s Isaac Ray Award in 1998 for contributions to forensic psychiatry, and was awarded a special presidential commendation in 2003 for his contributions to American psychiatry. He has also served on the MacArthur Foundation Research Networks on Mental Health and the Law and Mandated Community Treatment and is currently a member of the Research Network on Neuroscience and Law. In 1991, Professor Bonnie was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, has chaired numerous Academy studies on subjects ranging from elder mistreatment to underage drinking, and served as a member of the DBASSE advisory committee. He received the Yarmolinsky Medal in 2002 for his contributions to the IOM and the National Academies. In 2007, Professor Bonnie received the University of Virginia’s highest honor, the Thomas Jefferson Award.
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Jennifer Cole, Ph.D.
Professor of Linguistics, Computer Science, and Cognitive Science
Department of Linguistics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jennifer Cole is Professor of Linguistics, Computer Science, and Cognitive Science, at the University of Illinois (UIUC), and co-chair of the Biological Intelligence research theme at the UIUC Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. She was Instructor of Linguistics at Yale (1987-1989). She has degrees in Linguistics from the U of Michigan (B.A. 1982; M.A. 1983) and M.I.T. (Ph.D. 1987). Dr. Cole’s research in the areas of phonology and phonetics focuses on the variability of speech forms and the mechanisms of speech processing and spoken language acquisition. Through the analysis of acoustic and behavioral data, using statistical and computational modeling, and formal grammar analysis, she examines phenomena related to speech prosody, coarticulation and phonological learning, and on the development of computer speech technologies based on phonological models of sound encoding. Her theoretical, experimental and computational work in phonology and phonetics spans over a dozen languages, including English, and she has a special interest in Indo-Aryan languages from Pakistan and India, and in the development of resources for computing and speech technologies for under-resourced languages. She has served on the executive or steering committees of the Association for Laboratory Phonology, the AAAS (Section Z: Language & Linguistics), the Linguistic Society of America and the American Institute for Pakistan Studies and as a member of the NSF Linguistics Advisory Panel. Dr. Cole’s research has been supported with grants from the NSF, NIH, Dept. of Education, Natl. Security Education Program, NASA, and the University of Illinois. Dr. Cole has directed 17 Ph.D. theses in Linguistics at Illinois.
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|Alice Eagly, Ph.D. |
Professor of Psychology and of Management and Organizations
James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research
Alice Eagly is Professor of Psychology and of Management and Organizations, James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences, and Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research, all at Northwestern University. She has also held faculty positions at Michigan State University, University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan and her undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College of Harvard University. Her research interests include the study of gender, attitudes, prejudice, stereotyping, and leadership. She is the author of several books and numerous journal articles, chapters in edited books, and reviews, commentaries, and encyclopedia articles. Her most recent book, Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders, co-authored with Linda Carli, was published by Harvard Business School Press in conjunction with the Center for Public Leadership of the Kennedy School of Government. Professor Eagly has served as Chair or President of professional associations such as the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the Midwestern Psychological Association, and the Board of Scientific Affairs of the American Psychological Association. She has also received several awards for her contributions, including the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology, the Distinguished Scientist Award of the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, the Donald Campbell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Social Psychology, the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award for contributions to the psychology of women, and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin.
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|Susan T. Fiske Ph.D., NAS |
Eugene Higgins Professor,
Psychology and Public Affairs
Susan T. Fiske is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, Princeton University (Ph.D., Harvard University; honorary doctorates, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands). She investigates social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal, and neural levels. She is most known for the continuum model of impression formation, her power-as-control theory, the ambivalent sexism theory, and the stereotype content model showing fundamental dimensions of social cognition. The U.S. Supreme Court cited her gender-bias testimony, and she testified before President Clinton’s Race Initiative Advisory Board. These influenced a recent edited volume, Beyond Common Sense: Psychological Science in the Courtroom. Currently an editor of the Annual Review of Psychology, Psychological Review, and Handbook of Social Psychology, she wrote Social Beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology and Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture. Author of more than 200 articles and chapters, she has recently won a Guggenheim, as well as psychological science honors: the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and the Association for Psychological Science William James Award. She has been elected President of Association for Psychological Science, President of the Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her most recent authored books are The Human Brand: How We Relate to People, Products, and Companies as well as Envy Up and Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us.
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|Robert L. Goldstone, Ph.D.|
Psychological and Brain Sciences department and Cognitive Science
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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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.
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|Nina 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.
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|James 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.
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| ||Janice 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 ISIHighlyCited.com (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.
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| ||Allan R. Wagner, Ph.D., NAS|
James Rowland Angell Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychology
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.
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|Jeremy 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.
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|Barbara Wanchisen, Ph.D. |
Director, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences
National Research Council
Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D., serves as the Director of both the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and the Board on Human-Systems Integration at the National Research Council in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for oversight and development of new projects and activities under those boards, 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 College, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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