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Sabrina Boyce, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Community Health Sciences Division

University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health

Sabrina Boyce, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an assistant professor of maternal, child, and adolescent health at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Boyce’s research addresses gender inequity as an upstream determinant of poor health among women, adolescents, and sexual and gender minorities in the United States and internationally. Her research illuminates community- and societal-level determinants of sexual and intimate partner violence and provides evidence from experimental and quasi-experimental trials on the effectiveness of real-world public health interventions on preventing gender-based violence, including online forms of sexual harassment and dating violence. Dr. Boyce has obtained extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Fulbright Program, and California Department of Public Health to support her research and has published more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles on these topics.

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Alison Cernich, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn

Deputy Director

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Alison Cernich, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn, is the Deputy Director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and works to support the institute’s mission to lead research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all. Prior to this position, Dr. Cernich was the Director of the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research at NICHD and Deputy Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in the U.S. Department of Defense, and she held multiple roles in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and completed postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. She is a board-certified neuropsychologist and is the lead or contributing author on multiple peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations, with an emphasis on disability and pregnancy, traumatic brain injury, and computerized neuropsychological assessment.

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Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., FARVO

NIH Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health

Director, NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

Janine Austin Clayton, M.D., FARVO, was appointed Associate Director for Research on Women’s Health and Director of the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2012. Dr. Clayton has strengthened NIH support for research on diseases, disorders, and conditions that affect women. She is the architect of the NIH policy requiring scientists to consider sex as a biological variable across the research spectrum, a part of NIH’s initiative to enhance reproducibility, rigor, and transparency. As co-chair of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, Dr. Clayton also leads NIH’s efforts to advance women in science careers. In 2021, Dr. Clayton was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Clayton was previously the Deputy Clinical Director of the National Eye Institute (NEI). A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Clayton’s research interests include autoimmune ocular diseases and the role of sex and gender in health and disease. Dr. Clayton has a particular interest in ocular surface disease and discovered a novel form of disease associated with premature ovarian insufficiency that affects young women, setting the stage for her commitment to rigorous, thoughtful exploration of the role of sex and gender in health and disease. She is the author of more than 120 scientific publications, journal articles, and book chapters. Her clinical research has ranged from randomized controlled trials of novel therapies for immune-mediated ocular diseases to studies on the development of digital imaging techniques for the anterior segment.

Dr. Clayton, a native Washingtonian, received her undergraduate degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Clayton completed fellowship training in cornea and external disease at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and in uveitis and ocular immunology at NEI.

Dr. Clayton has received several awards and has been recognized as a leader by her peers. She received the Senior Achievement Award from the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2008, was selected as a 2010 Silver Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and won the European Uveitis Patient Interest Association Clinical Uveitis Research Award in 2010. In 2015, she was awarded the American Medical Women’s Association Lila A. Wallis Women’s Health Award and the Wenger Award for Excellence in Public Service. Dr. Clayton was granted the Bernadine Healy Award for Visionary Leadership in Women’s Health in 2016. She was also selected as an honoree for the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards and the American Medical Association’s Dr. Nathan Davis Awards for Outstanding Government Service in 2017.

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Sunny Consolvo, Ph.D., CIPP/US



Sunny Consolvo, Ph.D., CIPP/US, is a researcher at Google, where she spends most of her time focusing on digital safety topics, especially for "at-risk" users—that is, people who have a higher chance of experiencing tech-facilitated abuse or disproportionate harm from such abuse. Dr. Consolvo and her collaborators have developed a framework for unifying at-risk user research, guidelines for conducting safer research that involves at-risk users, and a taxonomy of online hate and harassment. They have also investigated the digital-safety experiences of youth, online content creators, people involved with political campaigns, survivors of intimate partner abuse, people facing financial insecurity, women in South Asia, and people being targeted online with hate and harassment. Dr. Consolvo received her Ph.D. in information science from the University of Washington. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (United States) and a member of the Editorial Board for IEEE Security & Privacy magazine.

Links to relevant research papers, reports, or presentations:

  1. Wei, S. Consolvo, P.G. Kelley, T. Kohno, F. Roesner, & K. Thomas, ""There’s so much responsibility on users right now:" Expert Advice for Staying Safer From Hate and Harassment," Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: CHI ’23, Hamburg, Germany, (2023). 
  2. Thomas, D. Akhawe, M. Bailey, D. Boneh, E. Bursztein, S. Consolvo, N. Dell, Z. Durumeric, P.G. Kelley, D. Kumar, D. McCoy, S. Meiklejohn, T. Ristenpart, & G. Stringhini, "SoK: Hate, Harassment, and the Changing Landscape of Online Abuse," Proceedings of the 2021 IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy: Oakland ’21, San Francisco, CA, (2021).

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Cailin Crockett, M.P.H., M.Phil.

Senior Advisor to the White House Gender Policy Council

Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council

Cailin Crockett is a Senior Advisor to the White House Gender Policy Council, where she leads initiatives on technology-facilitated gender-based violence and online safety, and a Director for Defense Policy on the National Security Council, focused on implementation of military justice reform, conflict-related sexual violence, and women’s health in the active-duty military. Prior to her work in the Biden-Harris White House, Cailin was Senior Advisor to the Chair of the 90-Day Independent Review Commission on Sexual Assault in the Military, and the senior advisor for family violence prevention policy for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Family Advocacy Program, overseeing integrated violence prevention initiatives in support of active-duty military, their partners and children. Cailin has worked to advance national and global policies for the prevention and response of gender-based violence across the lifespan in the White House, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the UN Development Program. Her work has been published by the World Bank, Foreign Policy, Center for a New American Security, and other outlets. Cailin holds a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she was a Bloomberg American Health Fellow focused on violence prevention. She also holds an MPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford. 

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Dorothy Espelage, Ph.D.

William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina. She is the recipient of the APA Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, and is a Fellow of APS, APA, and AERA. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, awarded the SPR Prevention Science Award in 2020, and received a lifetime mentoring award from the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997. Over the last 25 years, she has authored over 375 peer- reviewed articles, eight edited books, and 80 chapters on bullying/cyberbullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, dating violence, social-emotional learning interventions, and adolescent suicide. Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming and she has secured over 20 million dollars of external funding.

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David Finkelhor


Director of Crimes against Children Research Center

David Finkelhor, Director of Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, Professor of Sociology, and University Professor, at the University of New Hampshire. I have been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. I am best known for my conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). I have also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence, commercial sexual exploitation, and internet victimization. I am the co-founder of several large national data collection efforts including the National Survey of Children Exposed to Violence (NatSCEV) and the National Incidence Study of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway CHildren (NISMART). In my recent work, for example, my book, Child Victimization (Oxford University Press, 2008), I have tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field I have termed Developmental Victimology. This book received the Daniel Schneider Child Welfare Book of the Year award in 2009. Altogether, I am editor and author of 12 books and over 250 journal articles and book chapters. I have received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources.

Links to relevant research papers, reports, or presentations:

Finkelhor, D., Walsh, K., Jones, L., Mitchell, K., & Collier, A. (2021). Youth internet safety education: Aligning programs with the evidence base. Trauma, violence, & abuse22(5), 1233-1247.

WHO [Finkelhor,D., Walsh, K., Jones, L., Sutton, S., & Opuda, E.] (2022). What works to prevent online violence against children: Executive summary.

Finkelhor, D., Turner, H., & Colburn, D. (2022). Prevalence of online sexual offenses against children in the US. JAMA network open5(10), e2234471-e2234471.

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Jeffrey Gottfried, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Research

Pew Research Center

Jeffrey Gottfried, Ph.D., is an associate director of research at Pew Research Center, where he focuses on the public’s views, habits and experiences around the internet and technology, and its impact on society. He has authored or co-authored several reports, including ones about Americans’ digital news habits, trust in social media as a source of information, and views and experiences around misinformation. Jeffrey is an expert in a range of methodological areas, including U.S public opinion, content analysis, and focus groups. He is regularly cited by news outlets, and often briefs various individuals and groups, including academics, journalists, and other influential stakeholders. Prior to joining the Center, Gottfried was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center and received his Ph.D. in communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

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L. Rowell Huesmann, Ph.D.

Amos Tversky Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Psychology

Institute for Social Research

University of Michigan

L. Rowell Huesmann, Ph.D., is the Amos Tversky Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies and Psychology and Research Professor Emeritus in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and a Life Member of Clare Hall College at Cambridge University. His research focuses on understanding the psychological foundations of aggressive behavior and, in particular, on understanding how the observations of others behaving violently influences the development of a youth’s aggressive and violent behavior. Dr. Huesmann has authored more than 100 widely cited scientific articles and books. He was the editor of the journal Aggressive Behavior, the 2005 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Media Psychology, and the 2014 recipient of the International Society for Research on Aggression’s J. Paul Scott Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Aggression Research. He is a past president of the International Society for Research on Aggression.

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Huesmann LR. An Integrative Theoretical Understanding of Aggression. 2018.

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Kathryn Macapagal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Medical Social Sciences

Feinberg School of Medicine

Associate Director, THRIVE Center, Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing

Northwestern University

Kathryn Macapagal, Ph.D., conducts translational, social–behavioral, and implementation research focused on improving the health and wellbeing of sexual and gender minority (SGM) adolescents and young adults. Her independent research relies on online, technology-based, and community-engaged research methods to understand sexual health and HIV prevention needs of SGM adolescents and then develop, test, and explore implementation of digital behavioral health interventions to address these needs.

Dr. Macapagal’s recent and ongoing threads of work have (1) examined awareness, knowledge, use, and preferences of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among SGM adolescents and conducted formative research on developing digital PrEP campaigns for teens; (2) explored the use of online spaces—including sexual networking applications for sexual and relationship development among SGM teens—and their clinical, educational, and technology implications; and (3) involved developing a text message–based intervention to improve HIV testing and sexual health care access among SGM teens. Earlier in her career, Dr. Macapagal focused on ethical issues in HIV prevention research among SGM adolescents, a topic that is foundational to her current research and that she continues to weave throughout her work.

Dr. Macapagal is a co-investigator on several projects where she lends her expertise on SGM adolescent sexual health; online research methods, recruitment, and intervention development; and mixed methods. Although most of her work has focused on HIV prevention in cisgender sexual minority men, she is increasingly focused on inclusion of all SGM teens in her work when possible. Dr. Macapagal is a licensed clinical psychologist with a clinical background in health psychology and serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning individuals and people with HIV/AIDS.

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Krista Mehari, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Vanderbilt University

Krista Mehari, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University and a clinical psychologist. She has expertise in youth violence prevention, participatory action research, and cyberbullying. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others.

Links to relevant research papers, reports, or presentations: (open access e-book that provides background on the research on cyberbullying and extends the research to India; provides chapters on the cross-cultural measurement of cyberbullying, predictors of cyberbullying, and best practices for prevention)

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Nicole R. Nugent, Ph.D.


Departments of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Pediatrics, and Emergency Medicine; Brown Medical School

Nicole Nugent, PhD, is a Professor, Research Scholar in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Brown Medical School. Dr. Nugent holds academic appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine and is the Founding Director of the Rhode Island Resilience Lab and Associate Director of the Stress Trauma and Resilience (STAR) Initiative. She maintains her clinical involvement in direct clinical care as the Director of Psychological Services at the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Pediatric Refugee Integrated Care Service, a role that informs research efforts that permit translation to intervention across diverse populations. Dr. Nugent has been continuously federally funded since 2009 and has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on more than two dozen federal grants. Her research is aimed at understanding the interplay of biological and socio-environmental factors on psychological outcomes such as posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in adolescents during times of stress and transition. Dr. Nugent’s work has increasingly focused on the ways that social interactions via digital communication impact adolescent psychological and physical health and wellbeing.

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Anita Raj, Ph.D., M.S. (She/Her/Hers)

Executive Director, Newcomb Institute

Nancy Reeves Dreux Endowed Chair

Professor, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Tulane University

Anita Raj, Ph.D., M.S., is the Executive Director of the Newcomb Institute and a professor of public health at Tulane University. She is trained in developmental psychology and public health and engages in interdisciplinary research focused on gender equity in global health and development. She has led federal grant and foundation-funded studies on gender theory and measurement science; sexual and reproductive health; maternal and adolescent health; women’s empowerment; and gender inequalities, including gender-based violence and child marriage. Dr. Raj has approximately 300 peer-reviewed publications and is recognized as one of the most cited social scientists globally. She created and leads the Evidence-based Measures of Empowerment for Research on Gender Equality (EMERGE) platform, which provides open-access, evidence-based measures on gender empowerment, including sexual harassment, built indicators on gender empowerment in national surveys for global tracking of SDG5: building gender equality and empowerment for all women and girls and offers technical assistance to survey researchers and implementers working on gender empowerment. She also created and leads the Violence Experiences Survey (VEX) study, now operating in California and Louisiana, to assess statewide data on experiences of violence, harassment, discrimination, and mental health, with the goal of supporting data-driven policy decision-making on these issues. Dr. Raj has served as an advisor to United Nations (UN) Women, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Blue Shield Foundation of California, and the David and Lucille Packard Foundation on gender equity and health, as well as for women’s empowerment issues, and also has been an invited speaker at the UN General Assembly on child, early, and forced marriage. Dr. Raj serves on the International Advisory Board for Lancet Global Health. She is the co-chair of the Committee on Gender Empowerment, Sociodemographic Development, and Population Dynamics for the National Academy of Sciences.

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VEX State Surveys on Harassment: California and Louisiana; Online Harassment Report with UN Women

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Sasha Romanosky, Ph.D.

Senior Policy Researcher

Sasha Romanosky, Ph.D., is a senior policy researcher who studies topics on the economics of security and privacy, cybercrime, cyber insurance, and national security. Dr. Romanosky holds a Ph.D. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada. He was a Microsoft research fellow in the Information Law Institute at the New York University School of Law and a security professional for more than 10 years. Dr. Romanosky is one of the original authors of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), an international standard for scoring computer vulnerabilities (ITU-T X.1521), and a co-creator of Exploit Prediction Scoring System (EPSS), an emerging standard for predicting software vulnerability exploitation. He is a former cyber policy advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy at the Pentagon and an appointed member to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Data Privacy and Integrity Committee, where he advises the Secretary of Homeland Security and DHS’s Chief Privacy Officer on policy, operational, and technology issues.

Links to relevant research papers, reports, or presentations:

Adamson, D., Brothers, A., Romanosky, S., Blumenthal, M., Ligor, D., Stanley, K., Schirmer, P., Verástegui, J, (2023), Cyberstalking: A Growing Challenge for the U.S. Legal System, RAND Corporation,

Romanosky, S., Schirmer, P., (2023), Mapping the Cyberstalking Landscape: An Empirical Analysis of Federal U.S. Crimes, Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on Attackers and Cyber-Crime Operations (WACCO), IEEE European Symposium on Security and Privacy 2023, July 3, 2023 - Delft, Netherlands.

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Tara A. Schwetz, Ph.D.

NIH Deputy Director for Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Tara A. Schwetz was named as the NIH Deputy Director for Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, leading the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) in the NIH Office of the Director, effective November 9, 2023. She previously served as NIH Acting Principal Deputy Director from December 2021-November 2023 and NIH Associate Deputy Director from January 2019-December 2021. Dr. Schwetz also served as the Alternate Deputy Ethics Counselor of NIH from January 2019 through November 2023. For much of 2021, Dr. Schwetz was on detail to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Assistant Director for Biomedical Science Initiatives, where she led the efforts to stand up the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H).

Since joining NIH in 2012, Dr. Schwetz has held multiple positions across several Institutes and within the Office of the Director. She has served as the Acting Director and Acting Deputy Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), the Chief of the Strategic Planning and Evaluation Branch at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Senior Advisor to the Principal Deputy Director of NIH, the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes Interim Associate Program Director, and a Health Science Policy Analyst at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Dr. Schwetz started her career at NIH as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at NINR.

Dr. Schwetz has led or co-led several NIH-wide efforts, including two Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics programs (RADx Underserved Populations and RADx Radical), the first NIH-Wide Strategic Plan, NIH-Wide COVID-19 Strategic Plan, NIAID Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis Research, NIH Office of the Director Strategic Engagement Agenda, and played a significant role in the development of the National Pain Strategy.

She received a B.S. in biochemistry with honors from Florida State University and a Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of South Florida, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

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Ellen Selkie, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Division

Principal Investigator, Learning More From Adolescents Online Research Team (LMFAO)

Department of Pediatrics

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ellen Selkie, M.D., M.P.H., is the principal investigator at the Learning More From Adolescents Online (LMFAO) lab and an adolescent medicine specialist at UW Health Kids. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Communications and Media at the American Academy of Pediatrics. As a pediatrician, Dr. Selkie is passionate about caring for gender and sexual minority youth, as well as justice-involved youth. This work inspires and informs her research goal of promoting positive socioemotional development through improving online experiences for young people.

Links to relevant research papers, reports, or presentations:

Moreno MA, Suthamjariya N, Selkie EM. Stakeholder Perceptions of Cyberbullying Cases: Application of the Uniform Definition of Bullying. J Adolesc Health. 2018 Apr;62(4):444-449. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2017.11.289. PubMed PMID: 29402535.

Selkie EM, Evans Y, Ton A, Midamba N, Moreno MA. Ideas for addressing electronic harassment among adolescents attending a video blogging convention. BMC Public Health. 2018 Aug 6;18(1):973. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5907-6. PubMed PMID: 30081876; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6080490.

Schoenebeck S, Scott CF, Hurley EG, Chang T, Selkie EM. Youth Trust in Social Media Companies and Expectations of Justice: Accountability and Repair after Online Harassment. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction. 2021 Apr 22;5(CSCW1) Article 2:1-18.

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Jay Silverman, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health

Co-Founder of the Center on Gender Equity and Health

University of California San Diego

Jay Silverman is a Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health and Co-Founder of the Center on Gender Equity and Health at the University of California San Diego; starting July 2024, he will assume the position of Usdin Family Professor of Public Health at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Across his more than 25 years in the field, he has led multiple federal, foundation and multilateral-funded research programs on the nature and effects of gender-based violence and other gender inequities on health, including development and testing of community and health service-based interventions to reduce GBV and improve health and autonomy. Dr. Silverman has published over 250 peer-reviewed studies on these topics and co-authored the award-winning practitioner guidebook, The Batter as Parent (Sage, 2002; 2009).

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Jane M. Simoni, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH

Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

Jane M. Simoni, Ph.D., is the Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH, and the Director, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). Dr. Simoni joined NIH on July 30, 2023, to lead OBSSR’s efforts to advance and coordinate behavioral and social sciences research at NIH, working closely with NIH Institutes and Centers.

Dr. Simoni brings more than 25 years of experience in research focused on health disparities and resilience among populations that have been socially marginalized, including persons with HIV and other chronic illnesses, Latinx, LGBT and Indigenous peoples. Her intervention research has examined behavioral aspects of chronic illness, using mixed methods and clinical trials to evaluate strategies such as peer support, medical record alerts, provider training and counseling and mHealth to promote treatment engagement and health outcomes. Her work capitalizes on cutting-edge behavioral and social science methods and theory to inform the development, efficacy and implementation of health promotion and disease prevention programs.

A clinical psychologist, Dr. Simoni joins NIH from the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle where she is Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology and has served on the faculty since 2001. She is the founding director of the UW Behavioral Research Center for HIV and co-directs the UW/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research, where she also is Associate Director of the Behavioral Science Core and Senior Advisor to the eHealth Scientific Working Group. She earned her B.A. at Princeton and her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Southern California and Columbia University. A fellow in four divisions of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Simoni has been a frequent grant reviewer and chair for NIH study sections.

Dr. Simoni has led more than two dozen research projects, including NIH-funded studies in New York City, Seattle, the U.S.-Mexico border, Beijing, Shanghai, Haiti, and Kenya. She has authored more than 300 publications, and two of her medication adherence-promotion strategies (involving peer support and electronic reminders) are included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for medication adherence. Dr. Simoni has collaborated on research and training awards on HIV, mental health, substance use, trauma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and pediatric overweight treatment in the U.S. and globally. Her current work examines the acceptability of long-acting antiretroviral treatment for HIV infection and digital technology to enhance intervention impact and dissemination. Dr. Simoni actively trains a diverse and interdisciplinary group of students and early career investigators. She has been a mentor on more than 50 training awards, including as a sponsor for individual trainees and as part of the leadership or mentoring faculty for NIH-funded research education programs. 

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Chad Sniffen, M.P.H.

Senior Technology Safety Specialist

Safety Net Project

National Network to End Domestic Violence

Chad Sniffen, M.P.H., has worked or volunteered in the movements against domestic and sexual violence as a prevention educator, survivor advocate, researcher, women’s self-defense instructor, and board member since 1999. He has worked for community domestic violence and rape crisis programs in California and Arizona; campus programs at The University of Arizona and the University of California, Davis; and state and national programs in California, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Mr. Sniffen is currently a senior technology safety specialist for the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Safety Net project. Safety Net focuses on the intersection of technology and gender-based violence and works to address the impact of technology on the safety, privacy, accessibility, and civil rights of survivors. He earned an M.P.H. from The University of Arizona in 2007.

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Jeff Temple, Ph.D.

Professor and Psychologist

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Dean of Clinical Research

University of Texas Health

Jeff Temple, Ph.D., is a professor and licensed psychologist and the Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the School of Behavioral Health Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where he also is the Betty and Rose Pfefferbaum Chair in Child Mass Trauma and Resilience. As the founding Director of the Center for Violence Prevention, his research focuses on the prevention of interpersonal and community violence. Dr. Temple has been funded through the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has more than 250 scholarly publications in a variety of high-impact journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), JAMA Pediatrics, The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. He recently co-edited a book on adolescent dating violence, co-chaired the Texas Task Force on Domestic Violence, serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for Prevention Research, and served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Psychological Association. Locally, he served for 7 years as the vice president of the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees. His work has been featured on CNN and in Forbes, The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, and even the satirical website The Onion.

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Brendesha Tynes, Ph.D.

Professor of Education and Psychology

University of Southern California

Brendesha Tynes, Ph.D., is a developmental and educational psychologist whose research focuses on critical digital literacy, the design of digital mental health interventions that empower young people, and the impact of online race-related experiences on academic, mental health, and behavioral outcomes. She is currently a professor of education and psychology at the University of Southern California. She is also the founding director of the Center for Empowered Learning and Development with Technology. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the National Council for Black Studies. She was awarded the Lyle Spencer Award to Transform Education, which allowed her to conduct the National Survey of Critical Digital Literacy, the first longitudinal study of the protective function of critical digital literacy skills in the association between traumatic race-related events online and mental health outcomes. An article highlighting Dr. Tynes’ foundational contributions to the field was published in the American Psychologist in 2023. She is the recipient of numerous research awards, including Ford Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Early Career Award, the Spencer Foundation Midcareer Award, and an American Psychological Association (APA) Presidential Citation issued by President Thema Bryant. She was also in the 2022 cohort of AERA Fellows, the 2023 cohort of APA Fellows, and a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Director’s Transformative Research Award in 2023, which is given to exceptionally creative and innovative scientists.

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Michele Ybarra, Ph.D., M.P.H.

President and Research Director

Center for Innovative Public Health Research

Michele Ybarra, Ph.D., M.P.H., was one of the first to publish research in the English language about adolescent experiences with cyber-harassment and its association with mental health. She is internationally known for research focused on online abuse and harassment and was the creator of, one of the first websites for youth and parents challenged with navigating this challenge.

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