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 and economic 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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|Susan T. Fiske Ph.D., NAS |
Eugene Higgins Professor,
Psychology and Public Affairs
Susan T. Fiske is Eugene Higgins Professor, Psychology and Public Affairs, Princeton University (Ph.D., Harvard University; honorary doctorates, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands; Universität Basel, Switzerland). She investigates social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal, and neural levels. Author of over 300 articles and chapters, she is most known for theories and research on how people think about each other: the continuum model of impression formation, the power-as-control theory, the ambivalent sexism theory, and the stereotype content model (SCM). Currently an editor of the Annual Review of Psychology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences, she has written Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture and Envy Up and Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us. She has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was 2014-15 President of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences and 2002-03 President of the Association for Psychological Science.
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|John Baugh, Ph.D.|
Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts and Sciences
Washington University, St. Louis
John Baugh is the Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, where he holds academic appointments in Psychological and Brain Sciences, Anthropology, Linguistics, Education, English, African and African American Studies, American Culture Studies, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, and Urban Studies. His research evaluates the social stratification of linguistic diversity in advanced industrial societies with relevance to matters of policy in education, medicine, and law. He is best known for advancing studies of linguistic profiling and various forms of linguistic discrimination that were supported variously by the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the United States Department of State. He is a fellow of the Linguistic Society of America and a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Oracle Education Foundation, and Raising-A-Reader in affiliation with the Silicon Valley Foundation. He is a past president of the American Dialect Society, and received the Pioneer of Fair Housing Award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He received a B.A. in Speech and Communication at Temple University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. His previous academic appointments were at Swarthmore College, The University of Texas at Austin, and Stanford University where he is Professor Emeritus of Education and Linguistics.
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|Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D., NAM|
Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr Professor, Public Policy
Department of Psychology
Laura L. Carstensen is Professor of Psychology at Stanford University where she is the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy and founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. She is best known for socioemotional selectivity theory, a life-span theory of motivation. For more than twenty years her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging and she was honored with a MERIT award in 2005. Her most current empirical research focuses on ways in which motivational changes influence cognitive processing. Dr. Carstensen is a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association and the Gerontological Society of America. She has chaired two studies for the National Academy of Sciences, resulting in noted reports The Aging Mind and When I’m 64. She is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on an Aging Society and serves on the National Advisory Council on Aging to NIA. Carstensen has won numerous awards, including the Kleemeier Award, The Kalish Award for Innovative Research and the Distinguished Mentorship Award from the Gerontological Society of America, as well as the Master Mentor Award from the American Psychological Association. She was selected as a Guggenheim Fellow in 2003. In 2011, she authored A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity. Carstensen received her B.S. from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University. She holds an honorary doctorate from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
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|Judy R. Dubno, Ph.D.|
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Director of Research
Medical University of South Carolina
Judy R. Dubno is a Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where she has been a faculty member since 1991. Dr. Dubno’s multi-faceted research program on human auditory system function has made long-lasting contributions regarding the encoding of auditory information in simple sounds and speech, as well as how these abilities change in adverse listening conditions, with age, and with hearing loss. In each of these areas, Dr. Dubno has had a significant impact on our fundamental knowledge of auditory perceptual abilities, and on methods of auditory assessment and rehabilitation. Throughout her distinguished career in auditory research, Dr. Dubno has built an extensive research program that has addressed a wide range of key issues pertaining to auditory perception, sensorineural hearing loss, presbyacusis, and speech recognition. After earning her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science from the City University of New York Graduate Center, Dr. Dubno completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA School of Medicine, where she also served as a faculty member before moving to MUSC. Dr. Dubno’s other activities include serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hearing Health Foundation, and as co-chair of the NIDCD Working Group on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults with Mild to Moderate Hearing Loss. She previously served on the NIDCD Advisory Council of the NIH, two Institute of Medicine committees, as President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, and is currently the President of the Acoustical Society of America. She is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the recipient of the 2011 James Jerger Career Award for Research in Audiology.
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|Jennifer Lynn Eberhardt, Ph.D., NAS|
Professor of Psychology and Law
A social psychologist at Stanford University, Jennifer Eberhardt investigates the consequences of the psychological association between race and crime. Through interdisciplinary collaborations and a wide ranging array of methods—from laboratory studies to novel field experiments—Eberhardt has revealed the startling, and often dispiriting, extent to which racial imagery and judgments suffuse our culture and society, and in particular shape actions and outcomes within the domain of criminal justice.
Eberhardt's research not only shows that police officers are more likely to identify African American faces than white faces as criminal, she further shows that the race-crime association leads people to attend more closely to crime related imagery.
Jennifer Eberhardt received a B.A. (1987) from the University of Cincinnati, an A.M. (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) from Harvard University. From 1995 to 1998 she taught at Yale University in the Departments of Psychology and African and African American Studies. She joined the Stanford faculty in 1998, and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and co-director of SPARQ, a university initiative to use social psychological research to address pressing social problems.
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|Wilson (Bill) S. Geisler, Ph.D., NAS|
David Wechsler Regents Chair in Psychology
Director, Center for Perceptual Systems
University of Texas, Austin
Wilson (Bill) S. Geisler is the David Wechsler Regents Chair in Psychology and director of the Center for Perceptual Systems at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary research interests are in human vision, computational vision, and visual neuroscience. His research combines behavioral studies, neurophysiological studies, studies of natural stimuli, mathematical analysis, and computational modeling. He is best known for his work on the mathematics of how to perform perceptual tasks optimally (the “theory of ideal observers”), on the relationship between the statistical properties of natural stimuli and the design and evolution of the visual system, on the properties of eye movements in natural tasks, and on the relationship between visual performance and the neurophysiology of the visual system. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America, a fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, a fellow of the Society of Experimental Psychologists and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He obtained an undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University and a doctoral degree in mathematical and experimental psychology from Indiana University.
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Distinguished University Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Maryland, College Park
Michele Gelfand is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Gelfand uses field, experimental, computational, and neuroscience methods to understand the evolution of culture and its multilevel consequences for human groups. Her work has been cited over 20,000 times and has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, National Public Radio, Voice of America, Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, The Economist, among other outlets. Dr. Gelfand has published in premier outlets such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, Nature Scientific Reports, American Psychologist, among others. She is the founding co-editor of the Advances in Culture and Psychology Annual Series and the Frontiers of Culture and Psychology series. Dr. Gelfand is the past president of the International Association for Conflict Management and past division chair of the Conflict Division of the Academy of Management. She received the 2017 Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association, the 2016 Diener award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Annaliese Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Her work that was published in Science was honored with the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. She is the author of Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire the World (2018, Scribner). She obtained a B.A. in psychology from the Colgate University and a Ph.D. in social psychology and organizational psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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|Nancy G. Kanwisher, Ph.D., NAS|
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nancy G. Kanwisher (NAS) is the Walter A. Rosenblith Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT, and Investigator at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Dr. Kanwisher held a MacArthur Fellowship in Peace and International Security for two years. Kanwisher then served as a faculty member for several years each in the UCLA and Harvard Psychology departments, before returning to MIT in 1997. Kanwisher's lab has contributed to the identification and characterization of a number of regions in the human brain that conduct very specific cognitive functions, including four that are involved in the visual perception of specific kinds of stimuli (faces, places, bodies, and words). Kanwisher received a Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences in 1999, a MacVicar Faculty Fellow teaching Award from MIT in 2002, and the Golden Brain Award from the Minerva Foundation in 2007. She was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2005 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009. She received her B.S. in 1980 and her PhD in 1986, both from MIT.
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| ||Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, Ph.D., NAM|
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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|Bill Maurer, Ph.D.|
Dean of Social Sciences
Professor of Anthropology and Law
University of California, Irvine
Bill Maurer is Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of California, Irvine. As Dean, he leads the largest academic unit on the UC Irvine campus, boasting several top ranked programs, and departments ranging from Cognitive Sciences to Chicano/Latino Studies. He is also the Director of the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which supports research in over 40 countries on how new technologies of payment impact poor people’s existing monetary practices and traditional savings and money transfer systems. He was also founding Co-Director of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, an industry/academia collaboration involving five university campuses and a network of over 80 faculty, graduate students and industry researchers. A cultural anthropologist, he conducts research on law, money and finance, focusing on the technological infrastructures, material cultures, and social relations of exchange and payment, from cowries to credit cards. He has particular expertise in emerging, alternative and experimental forms of money, payment and finance, their legal implications, and how they have the potential to challenge the definition and nature of money itself. His research has been supported by several grants from the National Science Foundation and other agencies. He is the author or editor of eight books, including Mutual Life, Limited: Islamic Banking, Alternative Currencies, Lateral Reason (Princeton, 2005), which received the Victor Turner Award. He was the William S. Wyse Visiting Professor of Anthropology at Cambridge in 2013. The past-president of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology, he has served on numerous editorial boards including American Anthropologist, Cultural Anthropology, and PoLAR: The Political and Legal Anthropology Review. He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy. He was a member of the World Economic Forum Working Group on Mobile Financial Services Development, the New York City Office of Financial Empowerment Mobile Study Advisory Council, and other working groups on mobile payments, consumer protection and the payments industry. He continues to advise policy makers, philanthropic organizations and industry on new technologies of money and payment and their social and behavioral inputs and effects. He received his B.A. from Vassar College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.
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|Terrie E. Moffitt, Ph.D., NAM|
Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor of Psychology
Duke University, and
Professor of Social Development
King's College, London
Terrie E. Moffitt, Ph.D., is the Nannerl O. Keohane University Professor of Psychology at Duke University, and Professor of Social Development at King’s College London. Her expertise is in the areas of longitudinal methods, developmental theory, clinical mental health research, neuropsychology, and genomics in behavioral science. She is the associate director of the Dunedin Longitudinal Study, which follows a 1972 birth cohort in New Zealand. She also founded the Environmental Risk Longitudinal Twin Study (E-Risk), which follows a 1994 birth cohort in the UK. Her research team was among the first cohorts to collect DNA, in 1996, and among the first cohorts to use retinal imaging, in 2009. Her team emphasizes representing science accurately to the media, and promotes public understanding of behavioural science. Dr. Moffitt also is a licensed clinical psychologist, with specialization in neuropsychological assessment. She has a published record of collaboration with criminologists, economists, geneticists, epidemiologists, sociologists, demographers, gerontologists, statisticians, neuroscientists, medical scientists, even opthalmologists and dentists. She holds honorary doctorates from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and Universitat Basel, Switzerland. Her service includes as a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation in the UK, member of the National Advisory council on Aging, and chair of the Jury for the Klaus J. Jacobs Prize. She is a fellow of the British Academy, Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), Academia Europa, Association of Psychological Science, and the American Society of Criminology. Dr. Moffitt is recipient of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology for her work on antisocial behavior, the Klaus Jacobs Prize for her work on self-control, and the Maltilda White Riley Award from the NIH-OBSSR for her work on aging processes in young adults. Dr. Moffitt attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree in psychology. She continued her training in psychology at the University of Southern California, receiving an M.A. in experimental animal behavior, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. She also completed postdoctoral training at University of California, Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric Institute.
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|Steven E. Petersen, Ph.D.|
James S. McDonnell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Chief of the Division of Neuropsychology
School of Medicine
Washington University Medical School
Steven E. Petersen is the James S. McDonnell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Chief of the Division of Neuropsychology in the School of Medicine at the Washington University Medical School. Dr. Petersen received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana in Missoula in 1974, and his PhD in Biology from the California Institute of Technology in 1982. His research focuses on the development of reading, attentional control systems, and large-scale functional brain networks in humans. One current area of research focuses on using network measures to predict outcomes from brain lesions. He has won the Society for Neuroscience Young Investigator Award and is a co-recipient of the Grauemeyer Award in Psychology, and is a fellow of AAAS and the American Psychological Society.
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|Elizabeth A. Phelps, Ph.D.|
Pershing Square Professor of Human Neuroscience
Department of Psychology
Elizabeth A. Phelps is the Pershing Square Professor of Human Neuroscience. She received her PhD from Princeton University and served on the faculty of Yale University and New York University. Her laboratory has earned widespread acclaim for its groundbreaking research on how the human brain processes emotion, particularly as it relates to learning, memory and decision making. Dr. Phelps is the recipient of the 21st Century Scientist Award from the James S. McDonnell Foundation, the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society and the William James Award from the Association for Psychological Science. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Experimental Psychology and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Neuroeconomics and was a founding board member of the Society for Neuroethics. She has previously served as the President of the Society for Neuroeconomics, the Association for Psychological Science and the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society.
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|Dana M. Small, Ph.D.|
Deputy Director, The John B. Pierce Laboratory
Professor of Psychiatry, Yale Medical School
Visiting Professor, University of Cologne
Dana M. Small is the Deputy Director of the John B. Pierce Laboratory, Professor of Psychiatry at Yale Medical School and visiting Professor in the Cluster for Excellence at the University of Cologne in Germany. She received graduate degrees in Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology from McGill University in 2001.
Dr. Small is interested in taste, flavor and ingestive behavior, and has written extensively on the topics of flavor perception and food reward in humans. She is currently interested in understanding the effects of the modern food environment on brain function using a reverse translational approach, bridging findings from humans to rodent and other model organisms. Ongoing projects aim to identify brain adaptations that result from a diet high in fat and sugar; to determine their perceptual, cognitive and behavioral correlates; and to investigate mechanisms for their reversal. She is involved in several international projects targeting the prevention and treatment of diabetes and obesity including membership on the scientific advisory boards of the Helmholtz Alliance Imaging and Curing Environmental Metabolic Diseases (ICEMED), the European Consortium “Nudge-It” to determine the role of the brain in food choice, and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Treatment Strategies. She also currently serves on the executive committee for the Association for Chemoreception Sciences and the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior. Dr. Small has been recognized for her work by election to the International Neuropsychological Symposium in 2001, receipt of the Ajinomoto Award for Research in Gustation in 2003, the Moskowitz Jacobs Award for Research Excellence in the Psychophysics of Taste and Smell in 2005, the Firmenich Flavor and Fragrance Science Award in 2007 for her work on taste-odor integration, and the Ruth Pike Award in 2010 for contributions to nutrition research. She is executive editor of Appetite, and serves on the editorial boards of Biological Psychiatry, Molecular Metabolism, Neuroimaging: Clinical and Chemosensory Perception. Her laboratory is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the National Cancer Institute.
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|Timothy J. Strauman, Ph.D.|
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Timothy J. Strauman is Professor and former Chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University and also Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine. Prof. Strauman's research interests focus on the psychological and neurobiological processes of self-regulation, conceptualized in terms of a cognitive/motivational perspective, as well as the relation between self-regulation and affect and how such processes might contribute to psychopathology. Within this general domain, his particular areas of emphasis include: conceptualizing self-regulation in terms of basic “self/brain/behavior” motivational systems; the role of self-regulatory processes in vulnerability to depression and other disorders; the impact of psychotherapy on self-regulatory function and dysfunction in depression; how normative and non-normative socialization patterns influence the development of individual differences in self-regulation; the contributory roles of self-regulation, affect, and psychopathology in determining immunologically-mediated susceptibility to illness; development of a brief structured psychotherapy for depression targeting self-regulatory dysfunction; and most recently, the use of brain imaging techniques to test hypotheses concerning self-regulation, including the nature and function of hypothetical regulatory systems and characterizing the breakdowns in self-regulation that lead to and accompany depression. Prof. Strauman's clinical interests follow from his program of research. Specifically, he is interested in learning how psychotherapy remediates disorders such as depression and whether psychotherapy is effective at reducing risk for relapse and recurrence of emotional disorders. His lab's clinically focused research includes the development and validation of a new self-regulation - based therapy for depression, self-system therapy, and the use of neuroimaging techniques to examine the mechanisms of action of treatments for depression. Prof. Strauman is a former president of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Strauman received his M.A. in Psychology and Human Development from the University of Chicago in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Psychology from New York University in 1987.
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|Barbara Wanchisen, Ph.D. |
Senior Board Director
Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences
National Research Council
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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