Science and Culture Advisory Council

The Ben’s Bells Science and Culture Advisory Council (SCAC) ensures that sound scientific knowledge and thoughtful intercultural awareness support all Ben’s Bells educational programming. Members of the SCAC help develop, make recommendations for, and review educational programming; monitor program effectiveness; advise on outreach and education; and create and oversee a research portfolio for Ben’s Bells.

The SCAC is comprised of leaders in research and community development who have made substantial contributions to advancing the science of kindness and implementing kindness practices in our diverse communities. SCAC members are committed to furthering Ben’s Bells mission through rigorous, critical appraisal of its programming. The SCAC is a working group that offers guidance (versus governance) and insight minus legal liability and statutory responsibility.

Jim Coan, PhD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
University of Virginia

Alyssa Croft, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Arizona

Madeleine de Blois, MSEd, ScD

Research Scientist, Francis McClelland Institute
University of Arizona

Mako Fitts Ward, PhD

Instructor and Researcher, School of Social Transformation
Arizona State University

Kory Floyd, PhD

Professor of Communication
University of Arizona

Hilda Ladner

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
Pima Community College

Leslie Langbert, MSW, LCSW

Project Director, The Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Secular Ethics
University of Arizona

Deanna Lewis, DrPH

Research Specialist, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
University of Arizona

Mildred Manuel, MA

Health Department Program Manager
Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Thaddeus Pace, PhD

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Department of Psychiatry
University of Arizona

Noshene Ranjbar, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Arizona
Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Stephen Russell, PhD

Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences
University of TX at Austin

Michele Walsh, PhD

Associate Research Professor, Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences
University of Arizona

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