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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
Adrienne Stith Butler, Associate Board Director, 202-334-1574

Alix Beatty, Senior Program Officer, 301-654-7742
Sujeeta Bhatt, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, 202-334-1652
Jacqueline Cole Miles, Senior Program Assistant, 202-334-1731
Thelma Cox, Program Coordinator, 202-334-1734
Emma Fine, Research Associate, 202-334-3971
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
Liz Townsend, Research Associate, 202-334-1527
Garret Tyson, Program Assistant, 202-334-1737
Monica Whitley, Program Officer, 202-334-3527
Renée L. Wilson, Senior Program Assistant, 202-334-2145
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., serves as the Director of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences at the National Academies 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 of the Honors Program at Baldwin-Wallace University in 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 BBCSS. 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.
Jacqueline Cole MilesJacqueline Cole Miles
Senior Program Assistant

Jacqueline Cole Miles is a Senior Program Assistant with BBCSS and is currently supporting the Analytic Frameworks project funded by ODNI. 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.
Senior Program Officer

Adrienne Stith Butler is a senior program officer and currently works on Analytic Frameworks, Replicability and Reproducibility, as well as various NIA-funded projects, including 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.
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.
Emma FineEmma Fine, B.A.
Research Associate

Emma Fine is a Research Associate with BBCSS and is currently supporting the Analytic Frameworks project funded by ODNI. She formerly worked within The National Academies at the National Academy of Medicine before joining the BBCSS team. Emma graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 where she earned her B.A. in Public Health with a minor in Public Policy. While in college, she was an active member of The Suitcase Clinic, a student-run organization created to provide health and medical services to the homeless population in Berkeley. She spent most of her volunteer time working with survivors of domestic violence and abuse. Emma also worked as an intern through the Berkeley Health Services Program where she taught nutrition and fiscal responsibility to previously incarcerated men and women. Emma worked for a state-run health insurance company in Colorado, as well as interned for The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Emma first joined NAM in 2016 as a Senior Program Assistant in the Leadership Consortium for a Value & Science-Driven Health System. Emma plans to pursue a graduate degree in the field of public health
Anthony MannAnthony Mann, B.SC.
Program Associate

Anthony Mann is a program associate, primarily aligned with the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT), who currently works with BBCSS on the Minerva consensus study. He has worked in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education for over 14 years and with CNSTAT since 2009. Prior to this, he held positions with the Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Committee on Population, Committee on Law and Justice, and 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. Census. Before joining the National Academies, he was project manager at the First Amendment Center in Washington, DC, and NIV administrator 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 for BBCSS and also leads the CNSTATstudy 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 has been as a senior program officer at the National Academies 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 National Academies, she was with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute in Alexandria, VA and was 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, M.S.
Program Officer

Julie Anne Schuck is a program officer with BBCSS, 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 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.
Liz TownsendLiz Townsend, MPH
Research Associate

Liz Townsend is a Research Associate with BBCSS. 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.
Garret TysonGarret Tyson, B.A.
Program Assistant

Garret Tyson is a Program Assistant for the Division of Behavioral and Social Science and Education’s Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences (BBCSS). He joined the BBCSS staff in the fall of 2017, and as a new addition to the BBCSS team he is currently working on a consensus study entitled Reproducibility and Replicability in Science as well as several studies sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. Originally from Orlando, Florida, Garret attended The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. for undergrad where he received a B.A. in psychology.
Monica WhitleyMonica L. Whitley, M.P.H.
Program Officer

Monica L. Whitley is a Program Officer working on the Analytic Frameworks project sponsored by ODNI. Her primary interests include the regulation of emerging biotechnology, particularly genome editing, and its ethical and security implications. She has served as staff on several consensus studies, including the collaborative NAS & NAM Human Gene Editing Study, an assessment of the role of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, and additional activities for the Roundtable on Translating Genomics-Based Research for Health. Prior to joining the National Academies, she engaged in research on the ethical, legal, and social issues raised by human genomics and worked behind a bench as a molecular biologist at the J Craig Venter Institute. She holds a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy from George Washington University and a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Renée L. Wilson Gaines, B.A.

Senior Program Assistant


Renée L. Wilson is a senior program assistant in BBCSS. 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 BBCSS. She is currently directing a Standing Committee on Reducing Counterfeiting Using the Behavioral Sciences, which serves 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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