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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
Jeanne Rivard, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, 202-334-2967
Cherie Chauvin, M.S., M.A., Senior Program Officer, 202-334-2096
Daniel E.J. Talmage, Jr., MBA, Program Officer, 202-334-2309

Tina Winters, Associate Program Officer, 202-334-2808
Julie Schuck, M.S., Senior Program Associate, 202-334-3379
Jatryce Jackson, Program Associate, 202-334-3868
Mickelle Rodriguez, M.A., Program Coordinator, 202-334-3876

Renée L. Wilson Gaines, Senior Program Assistant, 202-334-2145


STAFF Biographies (alphabetical)



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

Senior Program Officer


Cherie Chauvin joined the board in 2008 as the Study Director for two studies involving national security. She possesses an MS in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College (Washington, DC), an MA in International Relations from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY), and a BS in Cognitive Science from the University of California at San Diego (La Jolla, CA). Previously, Ms. Chauvin was with the Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), where her last position was Intelligence Officer and Platform Manager in the Directorate of Human Intelligence, Asia Pacific Division. As such, she supported military operations and liaison relationships in Japan, South Korea and Mongolia. During her time with DIA Ms Chauvin deployed to Afghanistan where she conducted intelligence collection operations in Kabul to answer strategic and tactical military intelligence requirements. In recognition of her service, she was awarded both the DIA Civilian Expeditionary Medal and the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.


Jatryce Jackson

Program Associate


Jatryce Jackson holds a B.A. in History and American Studies. Most recently, she obtained a master’s certificate in Documentary Filmmaking. Prior to coming to NAS, she taught in the Prince George’s County Public Schools system and in a private academy. Jatryce has a passion for social justice and education and would like to utilize her career to effect positive change in our society.


Jeanne Rivard, Ph.D.

Senior Program Officer


Jeanne Rivard earned a Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a National Research Service Award from NIMH (F31, MH11552) to conduct her dissertation study investigating factors promoting change in interagency collaboration. She also has a M.S.W. degree (University of South Carolina) and a M.S.Ed. (Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA). While on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Social Work, her research included a developmental study examining the implementation and intermediate outcomes of a trauma-focused intervention for youth (R21 MH62896) and an evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of an interagency initiative designed to integrate vocational and supportive housing services for homeless persons with mental illness, substance abuse, HIV, and other disabilities. Before coming to DBASSE she worked at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute where she led initiatives to promote the dissemination of evidence-based practices, was a team leader on the impact component of a cross-site evaluation of a federal child trauma initiative, and coordinated pilot studies to increase the utilization of multi-state administrative datasets to address mental health policy questions. At DBASSE Jeanne will be working with the Committee on the external evaluation of National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-funded research and development grants.

Mickelle RodriguezMickelle Rodriguez, M.A.
Program Coordinator

Mickelle Rodriguez is pleased to be back at the National Academy of Sciences, working with the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and the Board on Human-Systems Integration. Her previous work at the Academies included supporting research studies at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. Prior to returning to the Academies, she produced educational events as a program manager for the US Egypt Friendship Society. Mickelle earned a B.A. in International Studies from Trinity College in Washington, DC. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, she administered national educational programs and earned a MA in Adult Education in conjunction with her service through the Peace Corps Masters' Internationalist program.

Julie Schuck, M.S.

Senior Program Associate


Julie Anne Schuck has worked in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of NRC for over 9 years. She has provided research support for a number of projects and workshops, including those on improving undergraduate instruction in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; understanding the technical and privacy dimensions of information for terrorism prevention; and strengthening the research program of the National Institute of Justice. Previously she was a research support specialist at Cornell University. She has an M.S. in education from Cornell University and a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California, San Diego.

Daniel TalmageDaniel E.J. Talmage, Jr., MBA
Program Officer

Daniel Talmage joined the staff of the board in 2012 to be the study director for the FAA sponsored, Assessment of Staffing Needs of Systems Specialists in Aviation. He previously worked for thirteen years for the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences where he worked on studies for the intelligence community under the TIGER (Technology Insight-Gauge, Evaluate, and Review) Standing Committee. He was responsible for leading multiple studies dealing with the interface of science, technology, and innovation, and U.S. national security, including Human Performance Modification: Review of Worldwide Research with a View to the Future, S&T Strategies of Six Countries: Implications for the United States, and Persistent Forecasting of Disruptive Technologies. Mr. Talmage also worked for the Air Force Studies Board on Air Force technology related studies and for the Board on Army Science and Technology working on chemical demilitarization studies. Prior to the National Academies, Mr. Talmage served as Manager of Issues Management and State and Local Government Affairs at the Public Affairs Council where he organized a variety of workshops and conferences. Mr. Talmage holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Radford University and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D.

Director, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences

Director, Board on Human-Systems Integration


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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Renee Wilson

Senior Program Assistant


Renée L. Wilson Gaines currently supports two studies, Measuring Human Capibilities and The Context of Military Environments. During her time in NRC, she also supported studies such as 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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