Our Advisors

Critica has recruited a distinguished panel of experts in a wide variety of disciplines that are critical to its mission. These advisors keep us current in their fields, including public health, medicine, science education, science journalism, behavioral economics, psychiatry, psychology, and neurobiology. They prepare and review content for our website, help us design new approaches to improving science communication, and recommend new avenues to further the Critica mission. Our panel of advisors includes the following scientific leaders:

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    Mark Battersby
    Professor Emeritus, Capilano University

    Mark Battersby is the author of Is That a Fact? A Field Guide to Statistical and Scientific Information, and, along with Sharon Bailin, Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach to Critical Thinking, as well as numerous articles on critical thinking. He specializes in critical thinking about scientific information particularly epidemiological research.

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    Carrie Corboy
    Senior Director, Janssen R&D

    Carrie Corboy is a licensed pharmacist with 9 years of experience in various healthcare settings and 21 years of experience in various pharmaceutical industry roles. Her focus has been in areas of compliance, policy, and development of new medications. Her current projects include a considerable focus on patient engagement. Carrie has a strong personal and professional interest in improving people’s understanding of scientific information.

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    Kris De Meyer
    Research Fellow in Neuroscience, King's College London

    Kris De Meyer is a neuroscientist working at King’s College London. He co-produced “Right Between Your Ears”, a documentary about how we become convinced that our beliefs are right and how we deal with being wrong. Kris teaches science communication workshops and collaborates with scientists and professionals in the cultural sector to make public debates about controversial issues (such as climate change and Brexit) more constructive. He is currently writing a book about how we judge other people.

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    Olumide Elegbe
    Senior Manager, Corporate and Foundation Relationships, Management Sciences for Health

    Olumide has more than 10 years of experience as a senior strategic advisor, technical specialist and thought leader for health and international development organizations. His portfolio of solutions spans a multitude of sectors including health, education and economic empowerment in sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, and the USA. His expertise bridging messaging gaps is specialized for strategy & new business development in challenging operating environments. He serves on the board of the National Capital Area chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA.

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    William Miller
    Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of New Mexico

    William R. Miller is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico where he served as Director of Clinical Training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology and co-founder of the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions. His publications span more than 50 books and 400 articles and chapters, and the Institute for Scientific Information has listed him as one of the world’s most-cited scientists.

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    Rodney Schmaltz
    Associate Professor of Psychology, MacEwan University

    Rodney Schmaltz is an Associate Professor at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His research focuses on pseudoscientific thinking, with an emphasis on strategies to promote and teach scientific skepticism. Dr. Schmaltz strives to better understand why people believe in strange things like ghosts, aliens, or psychic powers and find strategies to help combat these beliefs.

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    Heidi Tworek
    Assistant Professor of History, University of British Columbia

    Dr. Heidi Tworek is Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and a visiting fellow at the Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard University. Her work examines the history of health communications to understand how we can learn from the past to improve communications today. She has published over a dozen academic articles and policy papers as well as in outlets like The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and Wired.

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    Eran Halperin
    Professor of Psychology and Dean, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, IDC Herzliya

    Eran Halperin is Professor of Psychology and Dean of the Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology at IDC Herzliya. His research uses psychological and political theories and methods to investigate different aspects of inter-group conflicts. He is interested in widening the understanding regarding the psychological roots of some of the most destructive political ramifications of inter-group relations. Most of his studies concentrate on the role of emotions and emotion regulation in determining public opinion towards peace and equality, on the one hand, and war and discrimination, on the other.

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    Lawrence Welkowitz
    Professor of Psychology, Keene State College

    Larry Welkowitz received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hawaii in 1985. He has been on the faculties of Columbia University (College of Physicians and Surgeons) and Antioch New England Graduate School and is currently Professor of Psychology at Keene State College. He is the co-author of two books: The Hidden Face of Shyness (Avon Books, 1996) and Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome: Interventions for Therapists, Educators, and Communities (Lawrence Erlbaum Press, 2004). Dr. Welkowitz is also Principal Investigator of an NIH/INBRE supported study of language and Autism.

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    Sharon Bailin
    Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University

    Sharon Bailin is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. Her work focuses on critical thinking and on inquiry across the disciplines. She has published numerous articles on critical thinking, and is the author, along with Mark Battersby, of Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach to Critical Thinking. Her particular interest is on educating for reasoned judgment and on countering the resistance to reason among students and the population more generally.

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    David B. Menkes
    Associate Professor, Waikato Clinical Campus, University of Auckland

    Dr. Menkes is a psychiatrist with a background in psychology and pharmacology (PhD 1983, Yale).  He has worked as an academic liaison psychiatrist in both New Zealand and the UK.  Dr. Menkes has a continuing interest in psychopharmacology and in the management of conflicts of interest in medicine. He is a member of the Uppsala Monitoring Centre (WHO Centre for International Drug Monitoring), the NZ Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee, and the Mental Health Subcommittee of PHARMAC. He has also worked with the International Society of Drug Bulletins in developing conflict-of-interest policies.

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    Kamy Akhavan
    CEO, ProCon.org

    Kambiz “Kamy” Akhavan is the CEO of ProCon.org, America’s leading nonpartisan source of pro and con research on policy issues. The organization’s mission is promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship. ProCon.org serves more than 25 million readers annually, including schools in all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. Kamy’s research has been published in textbooks, magazines, newspapers, and websites across the United States. He has been interviewed by national media including Reuters, Associated Press, Fox News, ABC, NPR, CNN, and CBS.

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    Judy Samuels
    Principal and Owner, SP3 Innovations

    Judith Samuels, PhD is currently Principal and Owner of SP3 Innovations, an active consultancy to nonprofit and government agencies. Dr. Samuels has an MBA from Rutgers University and a PhD in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. She has had appointments as the Head of the Policy Analytic Lab and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Policy and Services research Lab (CHAMPS) at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, as an Assistant Professor at the NYU Medical School Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and as a Research Professor and an Adjunct Professor at the Steinhardt Graduate School in Global Public Health and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, both at NYU.