ACD Diversity Working Group Subcommittee on Peer Review

Mission and Charge

The ACD Working Group on Diversity Subcommittee on Peer Review was established in response to recommendations from ACD Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce. The Subcommittee on Peer Review is charged with examining all hypotheses, including the role of unconscious bias, related to disparities in research awards at NIH. The subcommittee will provide advice on potential interventions to ensure the fairness of the peer review system.

For additional information, please contact:
Monica A. Basco, Ph.D.
Executive Secretary
ACD Diversity Working Group
Subcommittee on Peer Review
(301) 300-3839

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Member Roster Biographic Summaries

Richard Nakamura, PhD – Co-Chair
Dr. Richard Nakamura has been Director of the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health since 2012 and a member of the NIH community for over 35 years. He has he held several positions including Scientific Director, Institute Deputy Director and Institute Acting Director. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Earlham College and his Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook. His expertise is in cognitive and comparative neuroscience, science policy/funding and ethics in science.

Joan Y. Reede, MD, MPH, MS, MBA – Co-Chair
Dr. Joan Y. Reede is the Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Reede also holds appointments as an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is an Assistant in Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Reede is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive program that provides leadership, guidance, and support to promote the increased recruitment, retention, and advancement of underrepresented minority, women, LGBT, and faculty with disabilities at Harvard Medical School (HMS). This charge includes the oversight of all diversity activities at HMS as they relate to faculty, trainees, students, and staff. Dr. Reede also serves as the Director of the Minority Faculty Development Program, Faculty Director of Community Outreach Programs at Harvard Medical School, Program Director of the Faculty Diversity Program of the Harvard Catalyst/The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center, and Director of the HMS Center for Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Reede is a graduate of Brown University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She also holds an M.P.H. and an M.S. in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health, and a M.B.A. from Boston University.

Dana Y. Takagi, PhD – Co-Chair
Dr. Dana Takagi is a Professor of Sociology and been a member of the Department of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz since 1987.  Dr. Takagi earned her B.S. in Pure Mathematics and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her areas of research are social inequality and identity, race, nationalism, queer studies, social theory (contemporary, cultural), affect studies, Asian-American studies, faith and cosmology in contemporary society.  Dr. Takagi was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on Diversity in the Biomedical Research Workforce. 

Valerie Reyna, PhD – Member
Dr. Valerie Reyna is Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Director of the Human Neuroscience Institute, and Co-Director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility and the Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Research at Cornell University. She earned a B.A. in Psychology from Clark University and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Rockefeller University. Her research encompasses human judgment and decision making, numeracy and quantitative reasoning, risk and uncertainty, medical decision making, neuroimaging and neurobiological models of development, and neurocognitive impairment and genetics.

Jenessa R. Shapiro, PhD – Member
Dr. Jenessa Shapiro is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles and the Anderson School of Management in the Human Resources and Organization Behavior area. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Rice University and a Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Her areas of research focus on modern forms of discrimination that emerge in organizational contexts and how stereotypes can undermine performance.

Gordon B. Moskowitz, PhD – Member
Dr. Gordon Moskowitz is a Professor and Chair of Psychology at Lehigh University. He earned his B.Sc. from McGill University and Ph.D. from New York University. His focus of research is on the examination of unconscious thought processes including the nature of stereotypes, social judgments, and the non-conscious nature of motivation and goals. 

Oscar Ybarra, PhD – Member
Dr. Oscar Ybarra is a Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Michigan. Other positions include Faculty Associate at the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research and the Center for Culture, Mind and the Brain and Affiliated Faculty in Organizational Studies and the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan.  He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Social Psychology from the New Mexico State University. His research focus is on the social underpinnings of cognition and intelligence and how people navigate their web of relations with others and balance personal and interpersonal goals. 

John F. Dovidio, PhD – Member
Dr. John Dovidio is a Professor of Psychology at Yale University and a Principal Investigator at the Yale Intergroup Relations Laboratory. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Delaware. His research interests are intergroup relations, prejudice and stereotyping, altruism and helping, and nonverbal communication. He explores both conscious (explicit) and unconscious (implicit) influences on how people think about, feel about, and behave toward others based on group membership and conducts research on aversive racism and on techniques for reducing conscious and unconscious biases.

This page last reviewed on February 12, 2011