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Project Title: Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences

PIN: DBASSE-BBCSS-12-04        

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Institute of Medicine

Sub Unit: Committee on National Statistics
DBASSE Committee on Population
Board on Health Sciences Policy
DBASSE Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences


Rivard, Jeanne

Subject/Focus Area:  Behavioral and Social Sciences; Education

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   05/31/2013

Dr. Susan Fiske - (Chair)
Princeton University

Susan T. Fiske is Eugene Higgins Professor, psychology and public affairs, Princeton University. She investigates social cognition, especially cognitive stereotypes and emotional prejudices, at cultural, interpersonal, and neural levels. She is most known for the continuum model of impression formation, her power-as-control theory, the ambivalent sexism theory, and the stereotype content model showing fundamental dimensions of social cognition. She has chaired the Princeton IRB since 2003 and served on other IRBs ever since graduate school. The U.S. Supreme Court cited her gender-bias testimony, and she testified before President Clinton’s Race Initiative Advisory Board. These influenced a recent edited volume, Beyond Common Sense: Psychological Science in the Courtroom. Her most recently authored book is Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us. Currently an editor of the Annual Review of Psychology, Psychological Review, Handbook of Social Psychology, and Science (Board of Reviewing Editors), she wrote Social Beings: Core Motives in Social Psychology and Social Cognition: From Brains to Culture. Author of more than 300 articles and chapters, she has won a Guggenheim, as well as psychological science honors: the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and the Association for Psychological Science William James Award. She has been elected president of the Association for Psychological Science, president of the Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, president of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences (FABBS), and fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. She is a member of the NRC Division Committee for the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and a member of the NRC Board on Behavior, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences. She has served on the NRC Committee to Study the National Needs for Biomedical, Behavioral, and Clinical Research Personnel and on the NRC Panel on Methods for Assessing Discrimination. She has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University and honorary doctorates from Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium and the Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands.

Dr. Melissa E. Abraham
Massachusetts General Hospital

Melissa E. Abraham is assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School and is on the staff of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She is a chair at the Partners Human Research Committee, the IRB for the Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals where she reviews a large volume of minimal risk biomedical and social and behavioral research protocols, is involved in developing guidance and policy on social science methods used in the biomedical setting, such as deception, quality improvement, internet/social media, medical education, and cognitive science. Previously she had a postdoctoral fellowship with the Mongan Institute for Health Policy and a fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. She has a M.Sc. in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Medical School.

Dr. Thomas J. Coates
University of California, Los Angeles

Thomas J. Coates (IOM) is Director of the UCLA Program in Global Health, and is the Michael and Sue Steinberg endowed professor of Global AIDS Research within the Division of Infectious Diseases at UCLA. He co-founded the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at UCSF in 1986 and directed it from 1991 to 2003. He was the founding executive director of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, leading it from 1996 to 2003. His areas of emphasis and expertise are HIV prevention, the relationship of prevention and treatment for HIV, and HIV policies. His domestic work has focused on a variety of populations, and he is currently finishing a nationwide clinical trial of an experimental HIV preventive intervention focused on high-risk men. He is also finishing domestic trials of post-exposure prophylaxis. With funding from USAID and WHO, he led a randomized controlled trial to determine the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of HIV voluntary counseling and testing for individuals and couples in Kenya, Tanzania, and Trinidad. He is now directing a 48-community randomized clinical trial in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Thailand to determine the impact of strategies for destigmatizing HIV. He is also leading a prevention clinical trial in South America as part of a 5-country effort, and has a trial in China to determine the impact of prevention in the context of care. He is co-principal investigator of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases-funded HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), and is conducting policy research domestically and internationally. He was cited in Science in 2002 as the 4th-highest-funded scientist in the clinical, social, and behavioral sciences and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2000. He has a Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University.

Dr. Celia B. Fisher
Fordham University

Celia B. Fisher is Marie Ward Doty University Chair and professor of psychology, and founding director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education. She is best known for research emerging from her federally funded research programs on ethical issues and well-being of vulnerable populations, including ethnic minority youth and families, active drug users, college students at risk for drinking problems, and adults with impaired consent capacity. She currently directs the NIDA funded Fordham University Training Institute on HIV Prevention Research Ethics. She is past chair of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Human Studies Review Board, a past member of the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP; and co-chair of the SACHRP Subcommittee on Children’s Research) and a founding editor of the journal Applied Developmental Science. She chaired the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Code Task Force, the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Common Rule Task Force and the New York State Licensing Board for Psychology, and served on the National Institute of Mental Health Data Safety and Monitoring Board, and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Clinical Research Involving Children. Dr. Fisher is author of Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists (3rd Edition, 2013); co-editor of eight books, including The Handbook of Ethical Research with Ethnocultural Populations and Communities and Research with High-Risk Populations: Balancing Science, Ethics, and Law; and author of over 100 theoretical and empirical publications in the areas of ethics in medical and social science research and practice and life-span development. She is the recipient of the 2010 Health improvement Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the New School for Social Research.

Ms. Margaret Foster Riley
University of Virginia

Margaret Foster Riley is professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law where she teaches in the areas of bioethics, law and ethics of human subjects research, food and drug law, health law, animal law and public health law. She also has secondary appointments in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Her areas of interest include health institutions and reform, animal law and rights, biomedical ethics and research, food and drug law, genomics, reproductive technologies, stem cell research, biotechnology, health disparities and chronic disease. She has a J.D. from the Columbia University Law School.

Dr. Robert M. Groves
Georgetown University

Robert M. Groves (NAS, IOM) is provost of Georgetown University. Previously he was director of the U.S. Census Bureau. He also served as professor of sociology and director of the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Survey Errors and Survey Costs and the coauthor of Nonresponse in Household Surveys. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and he has received the Innovator Award and an award for exceptionally distinguished achievement from the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine and has served on numerous NRC committees, including the Committee on National Statistics and the Panel on Institutional Review Boards, Surveys, and Social Science Research. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Robert J. Levine
Yale University

Robert J. Levine is professor of medicine and lecturer in pharmacology at Yale University; chair of the Executive Committee, Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; and director, Law, Policy, and Ethics Core, Yale Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. Most of his research, teaching, and publications during the past 35 years have been in the field of medical ethics, particularly the ethics of human subjects research. He is a fellow of The Hastings Center, the American College of Physicians, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; and past president of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. He was for many years chair of the Institutional Review Board at Yale-New Haven Medical Center and the founding co-director of the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics. He chaired the section on medico-legal matters and R&D administration of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He was associate editor of Biochemical Pharmacology, editor of Clinical Research, and founding editor of IRB: Ethics and Human Research. He chaired the Steering Committee for revision of the International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences. He has received numerous awards for contributions to the field of research ethics and human research protection. He has an M.D. from the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Dr. Felice J. Levine
American Educational Research Association

Felice J. Levine is executive director of the American Educational Research Association. Previously she was executive officer of the American Sociological Association. Her work focuses on research and science policy issues, research ethics, data access and sharing, the scientific and academic workforce, and higher education. She served on the National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and on the 2000 Decennial Census Advisory Committee. She was on the National Research Council panel on Putting People on the Map: Protecting Confidentiality with Linked Social-Spatial Data and chaired the NRC workshop on Protecting Student's Records and Facilitating Education Research. Currently, she is on the Executive Committee of the Consortium of Social Science Associations, is past chair and on the Board of Directors of the Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Educational Research Association, and the Association for Psychological Science and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. Levine has a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Richard E. Nisbett
University of Michigan

Richard E. Nisbett (NAS) is Theodore M. Newcomb distinguished university professor and co-director of the Culture and Cognition Program at the University of Michigan. Dr. Nisbett’s research interests have focused primarily on how laypeople reason and make inferences about the world. His earlier work was concerned with inductive inference, causal reasoning and covariation detection. More recent work on reasoning compares East Asians with Westerners. He has also studied "cultures of honor" and the Hispanic cultural tradition of sympatia, and the ways in which it differs from mainstream American culture. Dr. Nisbett was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002 and became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992. He was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2002. His book The Geography of Thought won the American Psychological Association’s William James Book Award in 2004. Dr. Nisbett has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Columbia University.

Dr. Charles R. Plott
California Institute of Technology

Charles R. Plott (NAS) is Edward S. Harkness professor of economics and political science, founder and director of the Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Political Science at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Plott is widely acknowledged for his role as co-founder of experimental economics, which he founded with Vernon Smith. He has also been particularly influential in applying the methodology of experimental economics to address public policy issues and challenges. These include the design and implementation of computerized market mechanisms for allocating complex items such as the markets for pollution permits in Southern California, the FCC auction of licenses for Personal Communication Systems, the auctions for electric power in California, and the allocation of landing rights at major U.S. airports. Dr Plott is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, fellow of the Econometric Society, and distinguished fellow from the American Economic Association. He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Yonette F. Thomas
Howard University

Yonette F. Thomas is a senior researcher with the Association of American Geographers and is on faculty in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she teaches social epidemiology. She was formerly the associate vice president for research compliance at Howard University. Previously she served as the program director for the sociology epidemiology program and branch chief of the Epidemiology Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. She has faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and in the School of Pharmacy at Howard University. She is a member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee of the National Hispanic Science Network. Her primary research and publications have focused on the social epidemiology of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS and the link with geography. She has a Ph.D. in medical sociology and demography from Howard University.

Dr. David R. Weir
University of Michigan

David R. Weir is research professor in the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan. He is the principal investigator for the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal survey of over 22,000 persons over age 50 in the United States, which is supported by the National Institute on Aging. Prior to joining ISR, he was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and Research Associate in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and the recipient of a Special Emphasis Research Career Award in the Economics and Demography of Aging from the National Institute on Aging. Prior to that he was an Associate Professor of Economics at Yale University, working on economic history and historical demography, primarily in Europe. His current research interests include the use of longitudinal data to study chronic disease processes, especially diabetes and dementia; health care decision-making at older ages, including Medicare Part D; how couples jointly plan for risks of old age including retirement, widowhood, and disability; the role of personality factors in lifetime economic success, and the use of biomarkers, particularly genetics, in population surveys. He serves as an advisor to international studies linked to the HRS in Europe, the UK, Ireland, Japan, Israel, China, India, and Brazil. He currently serves on the National Research Council Committee on Population and the Panel on Policy Research and Data Needs to Meet the Challenge of Aging in Asia. He also served on the Planning Committee for the Academies-wide Initiative on the Grand Challenges of an Aging Society. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.

Ms. Patricia K. Hammar
PKH Enterprises

Patricia K. Hammar is the founder and managing member of PKH Enterprises which provides strategic consulting services to the federal government primarily focused on developing policy and technology infrastructure that supports intelligence analysis, information sharing, privacy and civil rights and civil liberties. Her prior experience in government and industry include management positions in the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration and serving as executive vice president with Dynamic Security Concepts, Inc., as vice president and general counsel with National Security Research, Inc., and as vice president with CACI International, Inc. She has expertise on the legal basis for interagency information sharing, information management, and information access control, as well as on matters of policy implementation. She helped develop the rules on controlled unclassified information, which now includes privacy information standardization across the federal government, and has been involved in negotiations delineating rules for handling others’ data among federal partners, federal and state and local partners, and federal and private industry partners. She has served as an expert for DHS and the Intelligence Community on automating privacy and has applied proprietary policy and privacy analysis techniques and advice in the areas of Education, Child Welfare, and Health Care. She chairs the IJIS Institute Information Privacy Advisory Committee which addresses privacy across the justice and public safety environments. Professional affiliations also include membership in the Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia Bars. She received her B.S. in theoretical mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and both a Juris Doctorate and Masters in public administration (MPA) from the University of Baltimore.

Dr. Julia I. Lane
American Institutes for Research

Julia I. Lane is a senior managing economist at the American Institutes for Research, a Professor of Economics, BETA University of Strasbourg CNRS, Chercheur, Observatoire des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris and professor, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research, University of Melbourne. She was formerly director of the National Science Foundation’s Science of Science and Innovation Policy program, senior vice president at NORC at the University of Chicago and senior research fellow at the US Census Bureau. She established the NORC/University of Chicago Data Enclave and is co-editing a book on data access and confidentiality for “big data”. She has authored over 65 refereed articles and edited or authored seven books. She has been working with a number of national governments to document the results of their science investments. Her work has been featured in Science and Nature, and she has testified on the topic to both the US Congress and the European Parliament. She is a co-editor, with the late Jack Marburger, of the Handbook of Science of Science Policy. Dr. Lane serves on the Committee on the Long-Term Stewardship of Safety Data from the Second Strategic Highway Research Program. She earned her M.S. in statistics and her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Dr. Rena S. Lederman
Princeton University

Rena Lederman is professor of anthropology at Princeton University. Her research background includes early work conducted in rural Papua New Guinea regarding the politics and everyday practice of “gift” (non-market) exchange, gender relations, and historical consciousness, which resulted in a Cambridge University Press book, several book chapters, and articles in Annual Review of Anthropology and other scholarly journals. Her current work concerns the anthropology of academic practice and involves comparative research on disciplinary knowledge and expertise in the humanities and social sciences. Intra-disciplinary talk and writing about ethical practice and cross-disciplinary evaluations of “good work” are rich sources for grasping the disciplines’ partly overlapping, partly divergent epistemological assumptions. Her recent publications in American Ethnologist, PoLAR:Political and Legal Anthropology Review, and elsewhere have focused on the impacts on ethnography and related research styles of IRB regulations. She was an invited plenary speaker at PRIM&R; served as both chair and member on the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on Ethics and as a member of Princeton University’s IRB; and was co-author of the American Anthropological Association’s 2011 commentary on the proposed overhaul of IRB regulations (45 CFR 46). She has been the recipient of research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Sciences Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, Columbia University and Princeton University; and conference grants and sponsorship from the Wenner Gren Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Lederman holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University.

Dr. Bradley A. Malin
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Bradley A. Malin is the director of the Health Information Privacy Laboratory (HIPLab), an associate professor of Biomedical Informatics, and an associate professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of data privacy technologies, with an emphasis on personal biomedical information. He served as the organizing chair of the workshop on the HIPAA Privacy Rule’s De-Identification Standard for the HHS Office of Civil Rights in 2010 and for the Electronic Health Information & Privacy Conference in 2009. He was also the Scientific Program Chair of the Privacy Aspects of Data Mining Workshop at the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining. He served on the committees of the ACM International Health Informatics Symposium, the ACM/IEEE Model-Based Trustworthy Health Information Systems Workshop (MOTHIS), and the IEEE Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging, and Systems Biology. In 2010, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. He served on the IOM Committee on the Review of the Appropriate Use of AFIP's Tissue Repository Following Its Transfer to the Joint Pathology Center and is a member of the standing IOM Committee for Management of the Air Force Health Study Data and Specimens. He received his MPhil in public policy and management, and his Ph.D. in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Committee Membership Roster Comments
There has been a change in committee membership in Phase 2 with the addition of the following new members: Patricia K. Hammar, Julia I. Lane, Rena S. Lederman, and Bradley A. Malin effective May 31, 2013.