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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) 334-2210


Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D., Director, 202-334-2394
Alix Beatty, Senior Program Officer, 301-654-7742
Sujeeta Bhatt, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, 202-334-1652
Thelma Cox, Program Coordinator, 202-334-1734
Jean Rivard, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, 703-927-5252
Adrienne Stith Butler, Program Officer, 202-334-1574
Julie Schuck, Program Officer, 202-334-3379
Tina Winters, Associate Program Officer, 202-334-3808
Liz Townsend, Research Associate, 202-334-1527
Renée L. Wilson, Senior Program Assistant, 202-334-2145


STAFF Biographies (alphabetical)


Alix BeattyAlix Beatty
Senior Program Officer

Alix Beatty is a senior program officer with BBCSS and is currently supporting the Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security. She most recently served as the study director for an evaluation of the public schools of the District of Columbia. In nearly 20 years with the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) she has worked on studies and workshops on topics in educational assessment and equity, child and adolescent education and development, public health, and climate change. Prior to joining the National Academies staff, she worked on the National Assessment of Educational Progress and College Board programs at the Educational Testing Service. She has a B.A. in philosophy from Williams College and an M.A. in history from Bryn Mawr College.
SujeetaBhattSujeeta Bhatt, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer

Sujeeta Bhatt is a Senior Program Officer with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The portfolio of studies she directs at the Academies include How People Learn II and the Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security: A Decadal Survey. She was formerly a Research Scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and was detailed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG). Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the Georgetown University Medical Center on detail to DIA/HIG. Her work at the DIA and the HIG focused on identifying knowledge gaps and developing and managing research projects to address the gaps. Her work in the Intelligence Community focused on the psychological and neuroscience bases for credibility assessment, biometrics, insider threat, intelligence interviewing and interrogation methods, and the development of research-to-practice modules on interrogation-related topics in order to promote the use of evidence-based practice in interviews/interrogations. She received a Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from American University in 2004, where she examined the long-term effects and potential recovery from traumatic brain injury. In addition to receiving an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2005-2007), Dr. Bhatt received an American Psychological Association Science Fellowship in 2005. Her work in deception detection and interviewing/interrogation 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.
Thelma CoxThelma Cox
Program Coordinator

Thelma L. Cox is the Program Coordinator for BBCSS. Previously, she was an administrative assistant in the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine where she worked since 1989. Thelma has provided administrative support on numerous committee projects, roundtables, and forums. She is the recipient of the National Research Council Recognition Award, two IOM Staff Achievement Awards, and two IOM’s Cecil Awards.
Jean RivardJean C. Rivard, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer

Jeanne C. Rivard has been as a senior program officer at the National Academy of Sciences since 2010. She has served as study director of a consensus study on proposed changes to federal regulations for protecting human participants in research and as co-study director of the evaluation of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and its grantees. Most recently she contributed part-time to two committees funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; one was focused on the science of changing behavioral health social norms and the other was focused on behavioral health measurement. Prior to joining the NAS, 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 City. 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.
Julie SchuckJulie Anne Schuck
Program Officer

Julie Anne Schuck is a program officer with the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, currently supporting the Decadal Survey of Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security. She has worked in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) for over 14 years. She has provided analytical, administrative, and editorial support for a number of studies and workshops and contributed technical writings for many reports. Her projects have covered a number of areas, including law and justice issues, STEM education, the science of human-system integration, as well as the evaluations of federal research programs. Recent reports include The Growth of Incarceration in the United States; Reforming Juvenile Justice; Health and Incarceration; Understanding the U.S. Illicit Tobacco Market; Strengthening the National Institute of Justice; and Support for Forensic Science Research. She has an M.S. in education from Cornell University and a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California, San Diego.
Adrienne Stith ButlerAdrienne Stith Butler, Ph. D.
Senior Program Officer

Adrienne Stith Butler is a senior program officer and will be directing a new project aimed at developing pilot media campaign materials based on a recommendation in the recent BBCSS report, Ending Discrimination Among People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders. She previously worked for the Health and Medicine Division where she served as the study director for several IOM reports including Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life; Psychosocial Interventions for Mental and Substance Use Disorders: A Framework for Establishing Evidence-Based Standards; and Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. She also served as the staff officer for IOM reports pertaining to the nursing workforce, regenerative medicine, family planning, preterm birth, psychological consequences of terrorism, diversity in the health care workforce, and racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Prior to her work at the Academies, she was the James Marshall Public Policy Scholar, a fellowship sponsored by the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. In that role, she used psychological research to analyze legislation and develop legislative strategy. Adrienne is a clinical psychologist and received a doctorate in 1997 from the University of Vermont. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in adolescent medicine and pediatric psychology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.
Liz TownsendLiz Townsend
Research Associate

Liz Townsend is a Research Associate with the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences. She is currently supporting the Decadal Survey on Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security. Prior to returning to The National Academies, Liz was the Coordinator for Maine CDC’s Youth Suicide Prevention Program, Building Caring Connections in Maine. Previously at The National Academies, she worked with the Board on Children, Youth, and Families on numerous studies, including Ethical Considerations for Research on Housing-Related Health Hazards Involving Children, Children’s Health, the Nation’s Wealth: Assessing and Improving Child Health, and Working Families and Growing Kids: Caring for Children and Adolescents. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she interned for UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and volunteered with the Alabama Vaccine Research Clinic and 1917 Clinic. She received her B.S. degree from Radford University.
 Barbara Wanchisen

Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D.

Senior Board 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 Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine 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, relevant foundations, and the scientific community.

Wanchisen received a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, an M.A. in English from Villanova University. She received her doctorate in 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.

Previously, Wanchisen was the executive director of a non-profit advocacy organization then called the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, & Cognitive Sciences in Washington, DC, and, prior to that was Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director at Baldwin-Wallace University in Ohio.
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Renée L. Wilson Gaines

Senior Program Assistant


Renée L. Wilson is a senior project assistant under the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences. Prior to joining The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2009, she provided administrative, technology, and electronic resource management for both non and for profit organizations including Grace D. Cox, Esq., The Center for Social Welfare Policy and Law (now The National Center for Law and Economic Justice), The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, the American Geophysical Union, and The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center Network. While at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, she has supported the following projects: How People Learn II, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Measuring Human Capabilities, The Context of Military Environments, 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). She received a B.A. from Howard University in 1983.




Tina Winters

Associate Program Officer


Tina Winters is an Associate Program Officer with the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences. She is currently directing a new project that will assist the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in its efforts to reduce currency counterfeiting in the United States, working with the Standing Committee on Reducing Counterfeiting Using the Behavioral Sciences, which will serve as a focal point for discussion of the science and application of behavioral research related to this issue, particularly research from the sensory sciences and social psychology. She is also working on the study How People Learn II: Science and Practice of Learning. She has worked on many National Academies reports, including Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science, Measuring Human Capabilities: An Agenda for Basic Research on the Assessment of Individual and Group Performance Potential for Military Accession, The Context of Military Environments: An Agenda for Basic Research on Social and Organizational Factors Relevant to Small Units, Review of Disability and Rehabilitation Research: NIDRR Grantmaking Processes and Products, Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy, Strengthening Peer Review in Federal Agencies That Support Education Research, Scientific Research in Education, and Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment.




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