BOHSI - TOPICS
Health, Safety, and Performance
Human Centered Design
Industry and Workforce Staffing and Systems
Military and Government
Research and Evaluation
Staff and Contact Information
Board on Human-Systems Integration
The National Academies
500 5th Street, NW – 11th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20001
Tel: (202) 334-2678 | Fax: (202) 334-2210
Poornima Madhavan, Ph.D., Director, 202-334-3357
Jeanne Rivard, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, 202-334-2967
Cherie Chauvin, M.S., M.A., Senior Program Officer, 202-334-2096
Tina Winters, Associate Program Officer, 202-334-2808
Julie Schuck, Senior Program Associate, 202-334-3379
Tenee Davenport, Program Coordinator, 202-334-3868
Renée L. Wilson Gaines, Senior Program Assistant, 202-334-2145
STAFF Biographies (alphabetical)
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.
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Tenee Davenport, B.S.
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.
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|Poornima Madhavan, Ph.D.|
Poornima Madhavan is the new director of the Board on Human-Systems Integration (BOHSI). Prior to working with BOHSI, Dr. Madhavan served as an associate professor of human factors in the department of psychology and the director of undergraduate research at Old Dominion University. Additionally, Dr. Madhavan held affiliated faculty positions at Old Dominion University in the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center; the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative; the Homeland Security Research Group; and the Vision Lab. Dr. Madhavan has also served as the founder and director of the Applied Decision Making Lab of Old Dominion University (established in 2007), dedicated to the study of human decision-making issues pertaining to defense and homeland security, aviation, and sustainable energy/climate change.
Other professional positions include council representative, Psychology Section, of the Virginia Academy of Science; human-systems integration subject matter expert, ICF International; executive board member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Council, Chesapeake Bay Program; member, Federal Education Advocacy Coordination Network; member, American Psychological Association; member, Human Services Advisory Board, City Council of Chesapeake, Virginia; and human factors consultant, U.S. Army Research Laboratory.
Dr. Madhavan holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Human Factors (Engineering Psychology) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Madhavan also spent two years in the Dynamic Decision Making Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University as a postdoctoral fellow and was awarded the Earl Alluisi Award for Early Career Achievement by the American Psychological Association for outstanding contributions to the field of human factors/engineering psychology within ten years of receiving her doctorate degree.
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Jeanne Rivard, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer
Jeanne C. Rivard was the co-study director of the evaluation of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and its Grantees, and is currently working on studies related to staffing models and federal regulations for protecting human participants in research. Prior to joining the NRC, she was the Director of Special Studies at 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.
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Julie Schuck, M.S.
Senior Program Associate
Julie Anne Schuck has worked in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education for over 10 years. Much of which has been spent understanding different fields of study and preparing technical reports. She has provided analytical and editorial support for a number of projects and workshops in the areas of STEM education, privacy and terrorism prevention, the science of human-system integration, criminal justice, and juvenile justice as well as the evaluation of federal research programs. She has an M.S. in education from Cornell University and a B.S. in engineering physics from the University of California, San Diego.
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Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D.
Director, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences
Director, Board on Human-Systems Integration
Barbara 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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Renée L. Wilson Gaines
Senior Program Assistant
Renée L. Wilson Gaines is a graduate of Howard University with a B.A. in Criminal Justice/Sociology and is currently working to complete her paralegal certification. Renée joined BBCSS after more than 20 years of law office, non profit, and academia experience. During her time working at the NRC, she has staffed the Panel to Review O*NET, the Committee on the Role of Human Factors in Home Healthcare, and the Committee on Field Evaluation of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences-Based Methods and Tools for Intelligence and Counter-Intelligence. She is a die-hard native New Yorker who considers herself an ambassador for the City.
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Associate Program Officer
Tina Winters joined the staff of BBCSS and BOHSI in March 2011 to work with the Committee on the External Evaluation of NIDRR and Its Grantees. She has over 15 years of experience with the National Academies and has supported the development of many reports, 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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