INSciTS Board of Directors


Andi Hess

Andi Hess, MS(Tech)


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Andi Hess, MS(Tech) is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Translation and Integration Sciences Initiative at Arizona State University, which aims to help research teams across the university bridge disciplinary gaps. Her research focuses on the Science of Team Science and Interdisciplinary Translation, a process of actively facilitating the exchange of knowledge across disciplinary languages in team research settings. Through the initiative, Andi organizes and leads custom workshops on the Science of Team Science for faculty interested in increasing the effectiveness of team science projects. She is currently designing Interdisciplinary Translation curriculum to develop team science competencies in undergraduate programs, and Continuing Education programs for Socio-Technical Integration Research. Other research interests include issues of identity, conflict resolution, and intercultural competencies. She teaches courses in Interdisciplinary Studies and Organizational Leadership, and serves as the Faculty Director for multiple Study Abroad programs.

Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano, Ed.D., Ph.D.

Immediate Past President

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Gaetano R. Lotrecchiano, Ed.D., Ph.D. is past president of the International Network for the Science of Team Science (INSciTS) and the is the Associate Dean for Innovative and Collaborative Pedagogy at George Washington University. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership and of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Lotrecchiano has been faculty at George Washington University since 2005 and has spent some of that time at Children’s National Health System. Dr. Lotrecchiano is a Morton A. Bender awardee for teaching excellence and past chair of the George Washington University Society of Distinguished Teachers. He serves as the Director of Doctoral Candidacy for the PhD in Translational Health Sciences at GW. His pedagogy for developing translational scientists stresses the growing need for cross-disciplinary skills and agency for change as interdisciplinary brokers. Professor Lotrecchiano’s research interests include complexity leadership and characteristics, transdisciplinary team science, and motivation in team collaboration and is he is the principal investigator and creator of the Motivation Assessment for Team Readiness Integration and Collaboration (MATRICx) project. He is the faculty moderator for the GW University Seminar “Creating a Culture of Collaboration at GWU” and his recent published material can be found in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, International Journal of Transdisciplinary Research, VINE: The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Clinical Translational Science, Integral Leadership Review, Journal of Organizational Design and Engineering, Journal opf Investogative Medicine, Heliyon, and the Journal of Collaborative Healthcare and Translational Medicine. Presently, Dr. Lotrecchiano is co-editing and authoring a series of chapters for the Informing Science Institute on “Communication in Transdisciplinary Science: Challenges, Perspectives, and the Future” to be published in 2019.

Stephen M. Fiore, Ph.D.

Vice President / President-Elect

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 Dr. Stephen M. Fiore, Ph.D., is Director, Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, and Professor with the University of Central Florida's Cognitive Sciences Program in the Department of Philosophy and Institute for Simulation & Training. He maintains a multidisciplinary research interest that incorporates aspects of the cognitive, social, organizational, and computational sciences in the investigation of learning and performance in individuals and teams. His primary area of research is the interdisciplinary study of complex collaborative cognition and the understanding of how humans interact socially and with technology. Dr. Fiore is a founding conference committee member for the Science of Team Science annual conference, and a founding board member and past-president of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research. He has been a visiting scholar for the study of shared and extended cognition at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in Lyon, France (2010) and he was a member of the expert panel for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) which focused on collaborative problem-solving skills. He has contributed to working groups for the National Academies of Sciences in understanding and measuring "21st Century Skills" and was a committee member of their "Science of Team Science" consensus study, as well as a member of the National Assessment of Educational Progress report Collaborative Problem Solving.

Heather Billings, Ph.D., MA

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Heather Billings, Ph.D., is Director of Faculty Development for Mayo Clinic College and Science, Administrative Lead for Team Science Education and Training for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and Course Director for Strategies for Success in Team Science in the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Specific to team science Heather is actively involved in the development, application and evaluation of methodologies to increase multidisciplinary team cognition and outcomes. Recent work has involved referencing conceptual frameworks to guide the identification and delivery of “just in time” team science education and resources to advance multidisciplinary effectiveness and outcomes across disciplines and organizational boundaries. She is currently working with the CTSA Team Affinity group to develop and disseminate a framework of individual and team competencies through which to guide education and training as well as assessment and evaluation processes. Heather has served as Co-Host for the 2016 SciTS conference, Chair of the Evaluation Committee 2018-2020, Chair of InSciTS Special Interest Groups, Member of InSciTS Membership Committee and member of its annual conference 2017-2020.


Zaida Chinchilla Rodriguez, Ph.D.


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 Zaida Chinchilla Rodríguez, Ph.D., is Associate Research Professor at the Institute of Public Goods and Policies (IPP) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). She completed her Master and PhD.  in Library and Information Science at the University of Granada (Spain) within the SCImago Research Group. In 2008, she moved to Madrid (Spain) to work with a tenured position in CSIC. Since then, she acts as an external advisor for SCImago Lab. She is a social scientist specialized in bibliometrics with a particular focus on institutional and national-level analysis. Her research interests include scientometrics, research evaluation, scholarly communication, the science of team science, and information visualization. She has participated in numerous research projects and contracts for different governments and funding agencies. She has been extensively working on drafting scientific reports and served as an analyst for a number of governments and research institutions analyzing national and global developments in science and technology. She is actively involved in mentoring and service and has published in numerous prestigious journals. Currently, she is Associate Editor of Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics.

 Deborah DiazGranados

Deborah DiazGranados, Ph.D.


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Deborah DiazGranados, PhD is an Assistant Professor and Organizational Psychologist at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She serves as Director of Evaluation and Co-Director of Team Science for the Wright Center. She is a Co-Investigator on the $20 million Clinical and Translational Science Award awarded to VCU by NIH. Her research focuses on decision making in uncertain contexts, collaboration for producing innovation, and leadership in complex work environments. Dr. DiazGranados' scholarly achievements to date include over 50 scholarly publications, and more than 150 presentations to national and international audiences. She serves as the Consortia Chair for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Program Chair for the 2020 IN. Dr. DiazGranados'  research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Factors, Academic Medicine, Journal of Interprofessional Collaboration, Small Group Research, Human Resource Management, Journal of Management, Current Directions in Psychological Science, American Psychologist, Clinical and Translational Science and The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Dr. DiazGranados received her B.S. degrees in Management and Psychology from the University of Houston and her M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.


Tony Lingham

Tony Lingham, Ph.D.

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Tony Lingham began his executive leadership role in his early 20s when he was the Principal Staff Officer (Logistics) and engineer with 14 secondary appointments and leading 250 personnel. Since then, Tony combined his knowledge and expertise from his degrees in music performance, composition, engineering, psychology and organizational behavior and his leadership experience in organizations to work on assessment, development and change at the individual, team and organization levels.

Over the past 18 years, his evidence-based coaching approach has been used to develop teams ranging from boards to functional teams. In healthcare, he worked on assessing and developing inter-professional teamwork for medical and nursing students (supported by two $640,000 grants). Recently, he developed the Design Summit – a unique process to help organizations achieve breakthrough innovations. Apart from being on the editorial board of Engaged Management Review, he also serves on the advisory board of e-Merit Academy created to develop top executives and executive teams globally.

Tony obtained his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and is currently the Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership at Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change Program. In 2018, he was cited in for his work with executive boards.

LaVerne Manos

E. LaVerne Manos DNP RN-BC FAMIA

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Doctoral prepared Informatician, Director and faculty for University of Kanas’ Center for Interprofessional Informatics and Program Director for two interprofessional informatics programs: Master of Science in Health Informatics and Post-Master’s certificate in Health Informatics.  Background includes many years in informatics and clinical practice leading and participating in interprofessional teams from care at the bedside to hospital and global business strategic leadership. Dr. Manos has worked in various informatics practice settings including: implementing electronic health records, clinical decision support creation and implementation, terminology modeling and mapping, development of electronic health record software, and global strategic management of new development of EHR software.

Shalini Misra, Ph.D.

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Shalini Misra, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on the social, psychological, and cultural implications of the Internet and mobile communication technologies; and the study of the processes and outcomes of transdisciplinary collaborative scientific, training, and action research initiatives. Key themes in her research and writing include: cognitive and health consequences of information overload and multitasking; interpersonal relationships in ubiquitous computing environments; environmental orientations, identity, and sense of community in the Digital Age; contextual influences on interdisciplinary collaboration; interdisciplinary education and curriculum development; and evaluation of team science initiatives. Her research has been supported by grants from NSF, NIH, Urban Communication Foundation, Intel Digital Cultures, and the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative. She has a Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Design from University of California Irvine, an M.S. degree in Sustainable Resource Management (Technical University of Munich, Germany) and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering (Gujarat University, India).



Betsy Rolland, PhD MLIS MPH


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Betsy Rolland, PhD MLIS MPH, is the Director of Team Science + Research Development for the Carbone Cancer Center and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a PhD in Human Centered Design & Engineering and a Master of Library & Information Science, both from the University of Washington, and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Before coming to the UW-Madison, Dr. Rolland was a post-doctoral Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, where she conducted an evaluation of a cancer prevention-focused research network and studied the grants-making process. Her research focuses on coordination and collaboration in team-science projects, including how to design, build, and evaluate infrastructure to support complex, multi-investigator initiatives. She has recently begun exploring ways to use the theories of Implementation Science to design, develop, evaluate, and disseminate team-based interventions in clinical and translational research and is currently the Guest Editor for a themed issue of the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science (JCTS) focused on this topic. Dr. Rolland also serves as the Principal Investigator for the Cancer Center Cessation Initiative (C3I) Coordinating Center, an NCI Moonshot-funded project focused on integrating smoking cessation services into clinical care at 52 NCI-designated cancer centers and as the co-I for Team Science on a new NIDDK-funded Interactions Core for the Collaborating to Advance Interdisciplinary Research in Benign Urology (CAIRIBU) initiative. Her research and applied work feed one another and keep her grounded simultaneously in the research and praxis of team science. She is also a member of the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP).

Darshana T. Shah, Ph.D.

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Darshana T. Shah, Ph.D., is a professor of pathology and associate dean for faculty advancement at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Her passion for service has led her to attain diverse institutional roles, notably serving as founding editor-in-chief of the Marshall Journal of Medicine, peer-reviewed open access academic journal. The focus of Dr. Shah’s work has been collaborating with institutional leaders in supporting faculty by creating resources, guiding policy-building and contributing to the development of programs and practices that positively impact the career advancement of faculty. Her research and scholarship delve deeply into faculty vitality and retention. Dr. Shah has held a number of leadership positions in regional, national and international organizations, including serving as national chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Group on Faculty Affairs to support the mission of building and sustaining faculty vitality in medical schools and teaching hospitals.  As president of the Group for Research in Pathology Education, Dr. Shah led an academic society of medical educators who teach pathology and supported the promotion of scholarly research and innovation in medical education. Dr. Shah teaches graduate level courses in team science and offers professional development in the science of team science to researchers and medical educators nationally. Her extensive experience as a medical science educator combined with her deep commitment to supporting faculty and excellent credentials as an academic scholar will enable her to contribute creatively and constructively to further the mission of the INScITS.

Pips Veazey, Ph.D.


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Pips Veazey, Ph.D., is the Associate Project Director for the Alaska Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a statewide program funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Alaska aimed at increasing research capacity. She is also the lead and creator of Vis Space, a high-resolution visual environment designed to promote conversations about complex problems, develop creative solutions and enhance team development. Her research interests include the development and implementation of interdisciplinary research teams, the interaction between teams and technology, and team science leadership. Building on academic foundations in psychology (BA, Bates College) and oceanography (MS, University of Alaska, Fairbanks), she completed an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in team science leadership at UAF, examining the competencies required to be an effective leader of large interdisciplinary team science projects. She carries a passion for synthesizing and implementing team science research to create more effective science teams and works with numerous interdisciplinary teams to help propel innovative and transformative research.


Former Board Members and Officers


  • Maritza Salazar Campo, PhD, University of California, Irvine, Founding President and Board member (2018-2019), Immediate Past President (2019-2020)
  • Holly J. Falk-Krzesinski, PhD, Elsevier and Northwestern University, Secretary and Board member (2018-2019)
  • Kevin Wooten, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch, Treasurer (2018-2019) and Board Member (2018-2020)
  • Kara Hall, PhD, National Cancer Institute, Board Member (2018-2019)
  • Julie Thompson Klein, Wayne State University, Board Member (2018-2020)