Research Communications

NIH appoints González-Vallejo to national psychology research review board 

April 4, 2012

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has appointed Claudia González-Vallejo, an associate professor of psychology at Ohio University, to serve as a member of the Cognition and Perception Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for a three-year term.

González-Vallejo is an expert on cognitive and quantitative psychology with research emphasis in judgment and behavioral decision making. She will review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on these applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board and survey the status of research in her field.

 Claudia González-Vallejo
Claudia González-Vallejo

"Being able to evaluate the works of top researchers in the field is an honor, and it provides me with a very unique opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge research that is happening in the United States," she said.

The faculty member, who has participated in the study section on an ad hoc basis since 2009, was selected for her competence in the areas of quantitative, cognitive and experimental psychology as well as for her research accomplishments and publications in scientific journals. González-Vallejo and Jeffrey Vancouver, professor of psychology, are currently funded by a National Science Foundation grant to explore the processes behind human motivation and decision making.

In her work for the NIH, González-Vallejo will review proposals in many areas of cognition, including perception, thinking, developmental psychology, educational psychology and neuropsychology. She will use her training in psychometrics and mathematical modeling, as well as her familiarity with several sub specialties in psychology, to evaluate the proposals and their policy implications. The panel typically meets three times per year for approximately two days, with preparation for each meeting lasting a few weeks.

"I hope my department, and more generally the university, sees this appointment as an important contribution of my scholarship to our academic community," she said.