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.

Articles published on Ben's Bells Project research:

Kind discipline: Developing a conceptual model of a promising school discipline approach
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
Alyssa Croft, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Arizona

Madeleine deBlois, MSEd, ScD
Research Scientist, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences
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