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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
Staff and Contact Information

Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences
The National Academies
Keck Center
500 5th Street, NW – 11th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: (202) 334-2678 | Fax: (202) 334-3584


Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D., Director, 202-334-2394
Sujeeta Bhatt, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, 202-334-1652

Cherie Chauvin, M.S., M.A., Senior Program Officer, 202-334-2096
Margaret Hilton, M.A., Senior Program Officer, 202-334-1419
Jeanne Rivard, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, 202-334-2967
Lisa M. Vandemark, Senior Program Officer, 202-334-3881
Tina Winters, Associate Program Officer, 202-334-3808
Vanessa Lazar, Research Associate, 202-334-2097

Tenee Davenport, Program Coordinator, 202-334-3868
Renée L. Wilson Gaines, Senior Program Assistant, 202-334-2145


STAFF Biographies (alphabetical)


SujeetaBhattSujeeta Bhatt, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer

Sujeeta Bhatt is a Senior Program Officer with BBCSS, primarily focused on directing the study How People Learn II: Science and Practice of Learning. She is formerly Research Scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and was detailed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG). Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the Georgetown University Medical Center on detail to DIA/HIG. Her work at DIA and the HIG has focused on the psychological and neuroscience bases for credibility assessment, biometrics, insider threat, intelligence interviewing methods and the development of research to practice modules on interrogation-related topics. She received a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from American University in 2004, where her work focused on the integrity of the corpus callosum in individuals following mild traumatic brain injury. In addition to receiving an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship grant (2005-2007), Dr. Bhatt received an American Psychological Association Science Fellowship in 2005. Her work in deception detection has led to invitations to speak on behalf of the American Psychological Association Coalition for the National Science Foundation Funding, Security Evaluation Workshops sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Science & Technology Policy, an Intelligence Community Academic Summit, and she was featured on the Pentagon Channel’s “Armed with Science” and on WTOP’s Federal News Radio. In addition, Dr. Bhatt’s work has led to a number of published abstracts and papers.

Cherie Chauvin, M.S., M.A.

Senior Program Officer


Cherie Chauvin is a senior program officer at the National Research Council, working on numerous studies relevant to defense, national security, and intelligence issues. She has served as the Study Director for projects answering the needs of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Naval Research, and U.S Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, and she has contributed to studies for the U.S Army’s National Ground Intelligence Center, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Previously, she was an intelligence officer with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where her work included support for military operations and liaison relationships across Sub-Saharan Africa and in Japan, South Korea, and Mongolia, as well as conducting worldwide intelligence collection operations (including during deployment to Afghanistan) to answer strategic and tactical military intelligence requirements. In recognition of her service, she was awarded the DIA Civilian Expeditionary Medal, the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence National Meritorious Unit Citation. She holds a B.S. in cognitive science from the University of California at San Diego, an M.A. in international relations from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University, and an M.S. in strategic intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College.

Margaret HiltonMargaret Hilton
Senior Program Officer

Margaret Hilton is senior program officer of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences at the National Research Council (NRC). She is currently directing a consensus study on the science of team science. She previously directed a consensus study that led to the report, Education for Life and Work: Developing Transferable Knowledge and Skills in the 21st Century. This study built on and extended earlier workshops, one focused on future skill demands, another on the intersection between science education and 21st century skills, and another on assessment of 21st century skills. She also directed two large national summits--Community Colleges in the Evolving STEM Education Landscape (in December, 2011) and Assessment of Informal and Afterschool Science Learning (in June, 2012). She contributed to the BOSE report Discipline-Based Education Research,; was a primary author of the report, Learning Science through Computer Games and Simulations; and directed a study of high school science laboratories. For the NRC Committee on National Statistics, she directed a study of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a large database of occupational information. Prior to joining the NRC staff, Margaret was a consultant to the National Skill Standards Board. Earlier, at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, she directed studies of workforce training, work reorganization, and international competitiveness. She earned a B.A. in geography, with high honors, from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an M.A. in education and human development from George Washington University.
Tenee DavenportTenee Davenport, B.S.
Program Coordinator

Tenee Davenport received her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Towson University in 2003. She will graduate with a Master's in Project Management and Business Administration in 2016. For the past two and a half years, Ms. Davenport worked as a Project Management Specialist for the federal government managing the certification of applications within the IT infrastructure division. Prior to her position with the federal government, she was employed as a Project Analyst with a health care quality organization in Washington, DC. While employed as a Project Analyst, she trained new employees on the consensus development process; assisted senior management with the creation of standard operating procedures and worked closely with the IT/Web team managing the accuracy go the departments projects website. Ms. Davenport serves as the Program Coordinator for the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive Sciences and the Board on Human- Systems Integration.
 Vanessa Lazar

Vanessa Lazar, M.A.

Research Associate


Vanessa Lazar holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in marine affairs. Prior to coming to NAS she was a science assistant at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences. Before her time at NSF she was a research assistant at Brown University. Her graduate research focused on social vulnerability to natural disasters, and more recently she has developed a focus on science communication.


Jeanne Rivard, Ph.D.

Senior Program Officer


Jeanne C. Rivard is a senior program officer at the National Research Council and was the study director of the recent NRC consensus study on proposed changes to federal regulations for protecting human participants in research. She was co-study director of the evaluation of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and its Grantees. She is currently contributing to two NRC standing committees, one on the science of changing behavioral health social norms and the other on behavioral health measurement. Prior to joining the NRC, she was with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute in Alexandria, VA and on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York. Her past studies have focused on interagency collaboration and evaluation of mental health services and trauma interventions. She earned a Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.S.W. from the University of South Carolina.

LisaVandemarkLisa M. Vandemark, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer

Lisa M. Vandemark is a senior program officer of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences at the National Research Council (NRC). She is currently directing the Standing Committee on the Science of Changing Behavioral Health Social Norms. Lisa is board certified and licensed as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse in the District of Columbia where she maintains a clinical practice working with children and families. In her previous tenure at the Academies from 1998-2005, Lisa directed two standing committees at the National Research Council’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources and several consensus studies at both the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. These activities focused primarily on social and environment influences on health and health outcomes in the United States and in developing countries. From 2006 to 2010, Lisa was on the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina where she taught in the psychiatric nurse practitioner and global health programs. During that time, she was also a consultant and Fulbright scholar in Northeast Thailand and Laos, and is currently on the Fulbright Specialist roster for global and community health. At the American Nurses Association from 2011-2013, Lisa was Assistant Director for Research and the main faculty liaison for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Most recently, she has been a nurse consultant at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Division of Nursing and Public Health. Lisa Vandemark holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from Rutgers University and Catholic University respectively, and a master’s degree in Human Ecology from the University of Brussels, and PhD in Geography from Rutgers University.

Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D.

Director, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences


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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Renée L. Wilson Gaines

Senior Program Assistant


Renée L. Wilson Gaines currently supports the following projects: How People Learn II, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Measuring Human Capabilities, and The Context of Military Environments. Previous support includes projects: Mine Safety: Essential Components of Self-Escape, Sociocultural Data to Accomplish Department of Defense Missions, The Role of Human Factors in Home Health Care, Field Evaluation in the Intelligence and Counterintelligence Context, and A Database for a Changing Economy: Review of the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).   




Tina Winters

Associate Program Officer


Tina Winters has returned to the Academies to work with the Committee on the External Evaluation of NIDRR and Its Grantees. Prior to rejoining the Academies, she worked on an initiative to spread innovative health care practices and with the coordinating center for a medical registry on islet cell transplantation. In her previous tenure at the Academies, she worked with the Committee on Social Science Evidence for Use and has supported numerous studies, including Scientific Research in Education, Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment, and the National Science Education Standards.




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