scientific advisory council

The Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) ensures that sound scientific knowledge supports all Ben’s Bells educational programming. Members of the SAC help develop, make recommendations for and review educational programming, monitor its effectiveness and create and oversee a research portfolio for Ben’s Bells. The SAC is comprised of international leaders in research who have made substantial contributions to advancing the science of kindness and are committed to furthering Ben’s Bells’ mission through rigorous, critical appraisal of its programming. The SAC is a working group that offers guidance (versus governance) and insight minus legal liability and statutory responsibility.

Studying the teaching of kindness: A conceptual model for evaluating kindness education programs in schools

Jim Coan, PhD
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology,
University of Virginia

Madeleine deBlois, MSEd, ScD
Research Scientist, Francis McClelland Institute
University of Arizona

Kory Floyd, PhD
Professor of Communication,
University of Arizona

Deanna Kaplan, MA 
Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology,
University of Arizona

Leslie Langbert MSW, LCSW, RYT500
Project Director, The Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Secular Ethics,
University of Arizona; Yoga & Meditation Instructor, Miraval Resorts

Thaddeus Pace, PhD
Assistant Professor, Colleges of Nursing and Medicine,
Department of Pyschiatry, University of Arizona

Charles Raison, MD
Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine,
Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona

Noshene Ranjbar, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona Health
Network, Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Jeremy Richman, PhD
Founder and CEO
The Avielle Foundation

Stephen Russell, PhD
​Director, Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, & Families,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona

Michele Walsh, PhD
Associate Research Professor, Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences,
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona