Mary T. Bassett - (Co-Chair)
Mary T. Bassett, co-chair (NAM), is director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, as well as the FXB professor of the practice of health and human rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. With more than 30 years of experience in public health, Dr. Bassett has dedicated her career to advancing health equity. Prior to her directorship at the FXB Center, Dr. Bassett served for four years as commissioner of health for New York City. As commissioner, she worked to ensure that every New York City neighborhood supported the health of its residents, with the goal of closing gaps in population health across the city. Previously, she was the program director for the African Health Initiative and the child well-being program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Dr. Bassett is a member of the National Academies Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats. She received her M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She served her medical residency at Harlem Hospital Center, and has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington, where she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.
Robert M. Groves - (Co-Chair)
Robert M. Groves, co-chair (NAS/NAM), is the Gerard J. Campbell, S.J. professor in the Math and Statistics Department as well as the sociology department at Georgetown University, where he has served as the executive vice president and provost since 2012. Dr. Groves is a social statistician, who studies the impact of social cognitive and behavioral influences on the quality of statistical information. His research has focused on the impact of mode of data collection on responses in sample surveys, the social and political influences on survey participation, the use of adaptive research designs to improve the cost and error properties of statistics, and public concerns about privacy affecting attitudes toward statistical agencies. He has authored or co-authored seven books and scores of peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Groves serves on several boards and advisory committees including the National Research Council Committee on National Statistics, Pew Research Center Board, the National Science Board, and the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Committee. Dr. Groves is a member of the National Academies Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, of the National Academy of Medicine, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the International Statistical Institute. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.
Dominique Brossard is professor and chair in the department of life sciences communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an affiliate of the UW-Madison Robert & Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the UW-Madison Center for Global Studies and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in strategic communication theory and research, with a focus on science and risk communication. Brossard’s research focuses on the intersection between science, media and policy with the science, media and the public (SCIMEP) research group, which she co-directs. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a former board member of the International Network of Public Communication of Science and Technology, Dr. Brossard is an internationally known expert in public opinion dynamics related to controversial scientific issues. She is particularly interested in understanding the role of values in shaping public attitudes and using cross-cultural analysis to understand these processes. She has published numerous research articles in outlets such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, the International Journal of Public Opinion, and Communication Research and has been an expert panelist for the National Academy of Sciences on various occasions. Dr. Brossard earned her M.S. in plant biotechnology from the Ecole Nationale d’Agronomie de Toulouse and her M.P.S and Ph.D. in communication from Cornell University.
Janet Currie (NAS/NAM) is the Henry Putnam professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University and the co-director of Princeton's Center for Health and Wellbeing. She also co-directs the Program on Families and Children at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is the president of the American Society of Health Economics, has served as the vice president of the American Economics Association, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and of the American Academy of Art and Sciences. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the Society of Labor Economists, and of the Econometric Society, and has honorary degrees from the University of Lyon and the University of Zurich. She was named a Nomis Distinguished Scientist in 2018. She has served on the board of reviewing editors of Science, as the editor of the Journal of Economic Literature, and on the editorial boards of many other journals. Dr. Currie is a pioneer in the economic analysis of child development. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in health and access to health care, environmental threats to health, and the important role of mental health. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton Universtiy.
Mike Hout (NAS) is professor of sociology at New York University. In his research, he uses demographic methods to study social change in inequality, religion, and politics. In 2006, Dr. Hout and Claude Fischer published Century of Difference, a book on twentieth-century social and cultural trends in the United States, that exemplifies this approach. Another book, The Truth about Conservative Christians with Andrew Greeley (University of Chicago Press, 2006) is another example. A couple of illustrative papers include “How Class Works: Subjective Aspects of Class Since the 1970s” in a book edited by Annette Lareau and Dalton Conley (Russell Sage Foundation 2008), “The Demographic Imperative in Religious Change” (Am. J. of Soc., Sept. 2001) and “How 4 Million Irish Immigrants Came to be 40 Million Irish Americans” (with Josh Goldstein, Am. Soc. Rev., April 1994). Dr. Hout's honors include election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He taught at the University of Arizona from 1976 to 1984 and at Berkeley from 1985 to 2013. While at Berkeley, Dr. Hout chaired the Sociology Department from 1988 to 1991 and the Demography Department from 2008 to 2013. He also directed the Survey Research Center from 1992 to 1998 and the Berkeley Population Center from 2007 to 2013. He has chaired the National Academies Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Advisory Committee since 2018. Dr. Hout received a Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University.