Interdisciplinary Open Science in Social and Behavioral Research

MIDAS and ICPSR Mini-Symposium

February 22–23, 2024

Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room
100 Washtenaw Avenue,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109


Dr. Wade Bishop, Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee – Knoxville

Research Overview

Wade Bishop is a Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is the Director of Graduate Studies as well as the Research Data Management Certificate Coordinator. His research focus is on Research Data Management, Data Discovery, Geographic Information Science, as well as the study of data occupations, education, and training. He has other research expertise that includes physical access for users to U.S. public libraries (using Geographic information Systems (GIS)) and the evaluation of many other services and resources in academic and public libraries. Bishop has an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida School of Information and a Ph.D. from Florida State University’s School of Information. He serves as Associate Editor for Telematics and Informatics and on several other editorial boards.

Dr. Jessica Kay Flake, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, McGill University

Research Overview

JK Flake received a BS in Psychology from Northern Kentucky University in 2010, an MA in Quantitative Psychology from James Madison University in 2012, and a PhD in Measurement, Evaluation, and Assessment from the University of Connecticut in 2015. From 2015 to 2018 she worked as a postdoctoral researcher in quantitative psychology at York University and educational psychology at the University of Virginia. In 2018 she started her lab in the Quantitative Psychology area of the Department of Psychology at McGill University. JK Flake is also the Assistant Director for Methods at the Psychological Science Accelerator, and a member of the Technical Advisory Panel of the Enrollment Management Association. Her research interests include the development and application of latent variable models for use in educational and social psychological research and the improvement of measurement practices in psychology more broadly.

Dr. David Mellor, Director of Policy, Center for Open Science

Research Overview

David Mellor leads the Policy and Incentives programs at the Center for Open Science (COS), which involves both grassroots and institutional efforts to include open science in research. These require implementing the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Guidelines, preregistration, Registered Reports, and signaling adherence to best practices with badges.

Mellor received his PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University. As Director of Advising in the Division of Life Sciences at Rutgers University, he supported undergraduate research and education. At Virginia Tech, Mellor investigated the relationships between land managers and citizen scientists contributing to authentic scientific knowledge and land use decisions. His research interests cover the behavioral ecology of cichlid fish, citizen science, and reproducibility.

Dr. Ivan Oransky, Executive Director, Center for Scientific Integrity, Co-founder, Retraction Watch; Editor-in-chief, Spectrum; and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence, New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute

Research Overview

Ivan Oransky, MD, the executive director of the Center For Scientific Integrity, is co-founder of Retraction Watch, editor in chief of Spectrum, and distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. Ivan previously was president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and vice president of editorial at Medscape. He has also held editorial leadership positions at MedPage Today, Reuters Health, Scientific American and The Scientist. He is the recipient of the 2015 John P. McGovern Medal for excellence in biomedical communication from the American Medical Writers Association, and in 2017 was awarded an honorary doctorate in civil laws from The University of the South (Sewanee). In 2019, the judges for the John Maddox Prize, which promotes those who stand up for science in the face of hostility, gave him a commendation for his work at Retraction Watch.

Dr. Christian Zimmerman, Assistant Vice President of Research Information Services, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Research Overview

Christian Zimmermann is Assistant Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He holds an undergraduate degree from the Université de Lausanne and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon University. He has previously worked at the Université du Québec à Montréal, the Bank of Canada and the University of Connecticut. He has published articles in the International Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, European Economic Review, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Macroeconomics, and others. He is associate editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics and a core member of the RePEc team. His current research relates to optimal unemployment insurance, fluctuations and child labor, among others.


A.J. Millon, Director, National Archive of Criminal Justice Data; Research Investigator, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan