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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
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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) 334-2210


Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D., Director, 202-334-2394
Adrienne Stith Butler, Ph.D., Associate Board Director, 202-334-1574
Alix Beatty, Senior Program Officer, 301-654-7742
Sujeeta Bhatt, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, 202-334-1652
Molly Checksfield, Program Officer, 202-334-3461
Jacqueline Cole Miles, Senior Program Assistant, 202-334-1731
Liane Kerry, Senior Program Assistant, 202-334-3444
Anthony Mann, Program Associate, 202-334-3266
Krisztina Marton, Senior Program Officer, 202-334-3902
Jean Rivard, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, 703-927-5252
Julie Schuck, Program Officer, 202-334-3379
Tina Winters, Associate Program Officer, 202-334-3808


STAFF Biographies (alphabetical)


Barbara Wanchisen

Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D.

Senior Board Director
Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences


Barbara A. Wanchisen, Ph.D., is a senior board director with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicines where she directs the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences. She received a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, an M.A. in English from Villanova University, and her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Temple University. She is a long-standing member of the Psychonomic Society, American Psychological Association (Fellow, Division 25), Association for Behavior Analysis - International, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 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 in experimental psychology. From November 2001 until April 2008, employed by the American Psychological Association, Wanchisen was the executive director of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, & Cognitive Sciences in Washington, DC, a non-profit advocacy organization. Previous to that role, Wanchisen was Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the college-wide Honors Program at Baldwin-Wallace University near Cleveland, Ohio.
Alix BeattyAlix Beatty, M.A.
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 (National Academies) and currently directs two studies: How People Learn II: Science and Practice of Learning, and the Social and Behavioral Sciences for National Security: A Decadal Survey. She was formerly a research scientist at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), detailed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG). Prior to that, she was an assistant professor in radiology at the Georgetown University Medical Center, on detail to DIA/HIG. Her work at DIA and HIG focused on the management of research on the psychological and neuroscience bases for credibility assessment, biometrics, insider threat, and intelligence interviewing and interrogation methods and on developing research-to-practice modules to promote the use of evidence-based practice in interviews/interrogations. She received an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship Award and an American Psychological Association (APA) Science Fellowship. For her work in deception detection and interrogation, she has been invited to speak to audiences ranging from universities to U.S. Government entities and has trained law enforcement agents across local, state and federal levels. She holds a Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from American University.
Molly ChecksfieldMolly Checksfield
Program Officer

Molly Checksfield is a program officer with the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS). She currently directs the decadal survey to provide the National Institute on Aging with a research agenda as it relates to Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Prior to joining BBCSS, she worked as a Program Manager for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. Additionally, she was the Legislative Director for Social Security Works in Washington, DC, and worked for a Senator who sits on the Committee on Aging. She received a Masters of Public Administration and an Advanced Certificate in Health Services Management and Policy from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and has a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Vermont.
Jacqueline Cole MilesJacqueline Cole Miles
Senior Program Assistant

Jacqueline Cole Miles is a senior program assistant with BBCSS. She was the lead administrative support assistant for the Analytic Frameworks project funded by ODNI and is currently supporting several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health. Prior to her position at The National Academies, she worked for The GW Medical Faculty Associates as the Residency Program Administrator for the George Washington University Internal Medicine Residency Programs and as the coordinator for the Underserved Medicine & Public Health Concentration designed for residents interested in careers in public health and serving the underserved. Prior to her position as the residency program administrator, she worked as the assistant to the founder and president of the Rodham Institute where she coordinated the first annual summit to promote health equity in Washington, DC. Jacquie is an avid volunteer and gives her time to organizations working on behalf of the underserved populations and the homeless.
Adrienne Stith ButlerAdrienne Stith Butler, Ph. D.
Associate Board Director

Adrienne Stith Butler is an associate director for the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS). She is primarily responsible for the oversight of projects within the board. Previously, she was a senior program officer in BBCSS directing a project aimed at developing pilot media campaign materials based on a recommendation in the BBCSS report, Ending Discrimination Against People with Mental and Substance Use Disorders. Prior to joining BBCSS, Stith Butler was a senior program officer in the Health and Medicine Division, where she served as the study director for several 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 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. Stith Butler is a clinical psychologist and received a doctorate 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.
Liane KerryLiane Kerry
Senior Program Assistant

Liane Kerry is a Senior Program Assistant with the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences. Prior to joining us, Liane was the Administrator for David C. Morgan, Inc. in Northern Virginia for 16 years. Liane attended Northern Virginia Community College with a concentration in English Literature.
Anthony MannAnthony Mann, B.SC.
Program Associate

Anthony Mann serves as program associate, primarily aligned with the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT), currently working with BBCSS on the DoD-funded Minerva consensus study. He has worked in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) since 2002 and with CNSTAT since 2009. Prior to this, he held programmatic positions with the Board on Children, Youth, and Families; Committee on Population; Committee on Law and Justice; and as financial associate in the DBASSE executive office. Current and recent projects include: immigration in the U.S.; science and technology indicators; subjective well-being; and the U.S. decennial census. Before joining the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, he was project manager at the First Amendment Center in Washington, DC, English teacher in Recife, Brazil, and NIV-administrator and anti-fraud officer at the U.S. Embassy in London, England. In 2011, he was awarded the National Academies distinguished service award. He has a B.Sc. degree in internetworking technology and security from the Cisco Academy (magna cum laude), and a B.A. degree in economics and a postgraduate diploma in business analysis and statistics, both from the University of Leicester, England.
 Krisztina Marton, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer

Krisztina Marton has been a senior program officer with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine since 2009. She currently leads the study on Assessing the Minerva Research Initiative and the Contribution of Social Science to Addressing Security Concerns. She has served as study director for numerous consensus panels, standing committees, workshops, and expert meetings for the Committee on National Statistics, including most recently the Panel to Evaluate the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics Approach to Measuring the Science and Engineering Workforce. Prior to joining the National Academies staff, she was a survey researcher at Mathematica Policy Research where she conducted methodological research and oversaw data collections for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other clients. Previously, she was a survey director in the Ohio State University Center for Survey Research. She has a Ph.D. in communication with an interdisciplinary specialization in survey research from Ohio State University.
Jean RivardJean C. Rivard, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer

Jeanne C. Rivard is a senior program officer at NASEM. She served as study director of the committee that reviewed 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. She is currently working part-time on the assessment of the DoD Minerva Research Initiative and previously contributed to two SAMHSA-funded committees to review the science of changing behavioral health social norms, and the agency's behavioral health data collection programs. Prior to joining NASEM, she was with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute and on the faculty of the Columbia University School of Social Work where her work focused on mental health services research. 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, M.S.
Program Officer

Julie Anne Schuck is a program officer with the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, currently directing the study on Consideration of Generational Issues for Workforce Management and Employment Practices. She has worked in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) for over 16 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, national security, 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.



Tina Winters

Associate Program Officer


Tina Winters is an Associate Program Officer with the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has worked on a variety of activities within BBCSS on topics including reproducibility and replicability in science, healthy aging, factors that influence the success of collaborative scientific research endeavors, program evaluation, learning across the lifespan, and contextual factors that bear on military units. Prior to joining BBCSS, her work at the National Academies centered on studies and other activities related to K-16 science and mathematics education, as well as education research. She co-edited the National Academies consensus report Advancing Scientific Research in Education, authored Understanding Pathways to Successful Aging: Behavioral and Social Factors Related to Alzheimer's Disease, Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief, and has worked on many other 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, 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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