Board of Directors
Taylor Scott, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor, co-Director; Research-to-Policy Collaboration
Pennsylvania State University
Dr. Scott is a community psychologist who is situated at the intersection of research and policy. As Director of Research Translation in the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative at Penn State University, Dr. Scott consults on various strategies for bridging research and policy and leads scholarly research that sheds light on the best practices for research translation, science communication, and facilitating productive interactions between researchers and policymakers.
As a Co-director of the Research-to-Policy Collaboration, Dr. Scott directs activities that broker connections between researchers and legislative offices. She has worked closely with decision-makers to use research evidence in the real world for more than a decade, primarily focused on child-serving systems including mental health, child welfare, public housing, and education.
Board of Directors
Joshua Aronson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Applied Psychology
New York University
Joshua Aronson is internationally known for his pioneering research on “stereotype threat” and “Growth Mindset,” Joshua’s work has been featured in popular books like Blink, Nurtureshock, Mindset, Drive, Nerve, Choke, Grit — and longer titles like Lean In, How Children Succeed, Intelligence and How to Get It, and Whistling Vivaldi. His work has been referenced in 4 Supreme Court cases is widely cited in Law, Education, Psychology, and human development. Listed by Education Week among most influential education scholars in America, Joshua is the editor of Improving Academic Achievement (Academic Press) and Readings about the Social Animal, and is Co-author of the The Social Animal.
Dr. Aronson’s work helps schools become environments that promote excellence in cognitive, socio-emotional, and moral development by incorporating social psychological interventions including mindfulness and meditation into classrooms, and by developing “4-dimensional curriculum” to improve learning, curiosity, critical thinking self-control, and purpose. Joshua is executive advisor to the Casa Laxmi Foundation, designed to develop leadership and academic success in the world’s most impoverished children.
Robin Boudette, Ph.D.
Dr. Boudette, a licensed psychologist, is the former Program Director at the University Medical Center at Princeton Eating Disorders Program, she worked in the field of eating disorders for over 25 years. As a psychologist at Counseling and Psychological Services of Princeton University, she spent 14 years working with undergraduates and graduate students, coordinated the Eating Concerns Team and founded the Mind Body Health Services Team.
Additional areas of specialty included depression, anxiety and stress-related physical issues as well as challenges frequently encountered across the life span such as identity issues, grief and loss, relationship issues and lifestyle changes. She continues to offer workshops, trainings and mindfulness programs in the workplace. As Training Coordinator at MIndSciences she works with Judson Brewer. MD, PhD., offering programs and trainings for professionals on mindfulness based habit change.
Racial Justice Activist and Director, Creative Development and Marketing
Lakshya graduated from Wellesley College with degrees in Media Arts and Jazz, and directs, composes, and produces music for film, theater, and commercial work. Lakshya is particularly interested in the mechanics of social reproduction and the role of collective imagination and prefiguration in media and culture, and how they relate to anti-racist institutional practices or material change for a healthier, just society.
Jean-Wilbert Donnay, C.P.A.
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Jean-Wilbert Donnay has over 25 years’ experience as an Accounting Professor and extensive experience in public accounting with firms such as Deloitte & Touche, LLP.