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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Members' Biographies

Howard Kurtzman (Chair) is Deputy Chief Scientific Officer of the American Psychological Association. His areas of responsibility include science policy and government relations, research ethics, psychological testing and assessment, scientific awards, research training, and communication with the scientific community and general public. He has played a lead role in managing APA's efforts in such areas as enhancing the status of psychology as a STEM discipline, developing clinical practice guidelines, and promoting psychology's role in addressing climate change.

Kurtzman came to APA from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he served as a program director overseeing grant funding for research in cognition. He was also active in organizing initiatives, conferences, and publications for NIMH, NIH, and the Department of Health and Human Services on a broad array of topics within the behavioral and social sciences, ranging from gender and sexual orientation to self-report processes to data archiving. Previously, Kurtzman was on the faculty of the psychology department at Cornell University, where he taught and conducted research in psycholinguistics and cognitive psychology. He was the founding director of Cornell's undergraduate cognitive studies program. Kurtzman received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in psychology. He was a postdoctoral fellow in cognitive science at the University of California, Irvine.

Karen Bogenschneider is a Rothermel-Bascom Emeritus Professor of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since its inception in 1992 through 2016, Dr. Bogenschneider served as director of the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars–a series of presentations, briefing reports, and discussion sessions that communicate high-quality and nonpartisan research to state policymakers on timely topics they identify. From 1999-2014, she served as Executive Director and is currently Research Director of the Family Impact Institute that provides training and technical assistance to about 20 states that have conducted over 225 Family Impact Seminars. Prof. Bogenschneider’s book, Family Policy Matters: How Policymaking Affects Families and What Professionals Can Do, is in its third edition. Bogenschneider also co-authored with Thomas Corbett, Evidence-Based Policymaking: Insights from Policy-Minded Researchers and Research-Minded Policymakers. Dr. Bogenschneider was invited to write the family policy decade reviews in 2000 and 2010 for the Journal of Marriage and Family. In 2014, she gave invited addresses at the United Nations in Geneva and New York on using research to build better public policy. She holds a named professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has received several awards for her research and outreach including being named a fellow and receiving the President’s Award from the National Council on Family Relations. She also has been recognized by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Wisconsin State Legislature. She currently serves on a National Academy of Science Round Table on the communication and use of social and behavioral science.

Camille Gamboa is the corporate communications and public affairs director at SAGE Publishing where she uses a diverse range of communication strategies to promote the company and its resources for the scholarly community, media, policymakers, and the public. Additionally, she works on several initiatives to ensure that all areas of American research receive adequate federal funding and she works with the American Library Association to advocate for freedom of expression and the freedom to learn. Camille holds an MA from Pepperdine University and a Certificate for Women and Leadership from Antioch.

David Lam is director of the Institute for Social Research, professor in the Department of Economics, and research professor in the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He is honorary professor of economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Professor Lam’s research focuses on the interaction of economics and demography in developing countries, including analysis of the economics of population growth, fertility, marriage, and aging. He has worked extensively in Brazil and South Africa, where his research analyzes links between education, labor markets, and income inequality. He was a Fulbright visiting researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research in Rio de Janeiro in 1989-1990. He was a visiting professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town in 1997-1998, 2004-2006, and 2013-2014. His collaborations with the University of Cape Town include the Cape Area Panel Study, a longitudinal survey of young people in Cape Town supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He currently serves on the Council of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). He is program director of the DFID/IZA Program on Growth and Labor Markets in Low Income Countries. He has served as an advisor or consultant to the World Bank, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the United Nations Population Division, the United Nations Development Program, and the South Africa Office of the Presidency. He has years of experience working with the NRC and most recently was a member of the Panel on Policy Research and Data Needs to Meet the Challenge of Aging in Africa. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, and a research fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor. He received a M.A. in demography in 1982 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1983 from the University of California, Berkeley.

Felice Levine is executive director of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She was previously executive officer of the American Sociological Association. She was also director of the Law and Social Science Program at the National Science Foundation. Levine’s work focuses on research and science policy issues, research ethics, data access and sharing, use of big data, the scientific and academic workforce, and higher education. Levine is immediate past Chair of the Board of the Consortium of Social Science Associations; member of the Board of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics; a member-at-large of the Social, Political, and Economic Sciences Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); and a member of the Board of Databrary. She has served on several National Research Council committees and is a member of the Advisory Group of the Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society of the National Academy of Engineering. Levine is a fellow of AAAS, AERA, and the Association for Psychological Science, and is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. Levine is immediate Past-President of the World Education Research Association and serves on its Executive Committee. Levine holds A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees, respectively, in sociology and psychology from the University of Chicago.

Sheri Roder is executive vice president, and chief of the WHY group, at Horizon Media. When it comes to unearthing more powerful and creative communications solutions, Horizon Media looks to the WHY Group, led by Sheri Roder. Launched by Sheri nearly 12 years ago, the WHY Group brings a richer understanding of the complex human emotions and motivations that translate to business success across the full spectrum of Horizon client partnerships and new business efforts. She describes her role and that of her team as idea-sparkers, people strategists, investigators and snoopers, sounding boards, trend spotters, storytellers, brand doctors, creative partners and provocateurs. In recognition of her leadership and unique perspective, Sheri was recognized in 2015 as one of the 20 Ad Age Women to Watch, an Adweek Media All Star and Cynopsis Top Women in Digital. Broadcast & Cable named her a top planner in 2014. That same year she was appointed as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Social and Behavioral Sciences Roundtable. Sheri has also served on the advisory board of the Turner AdLab, as well as on the Marketing Committee of City Harvest. In 2017, Sheri, along with four other founding partners, launched LIMITLESS, a female leadership development program.

With over 30 years in the communications business, Sheri has spent time in both agency and client roles. Prior to Horizon Media, she led strategic planning on pharmaceutical accounts at Saatchi & Saatchi Consumer Healthcare and held senior strategic planning roles at J. Walter Thompson and Gotham on a variety of accounts including Unilever and Fujifilm. Her client-side experience includes several years at Pepsi before moving to Guinness/Diageo, both in London and the U.S., where she re-created and led the consumer insight division, as well as acting as a marketing director for new product development. Sheri was the catalyst in developing the overall marketing and advertising strategy behind the first Guinness television advertising in the U.S., which ultimately resulted in a 30% sales increase and won a Gold Effie, a Clio, AICP award and was a Cannes finalist.

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