Meet the 2010 CIRP Co-Chairs

Learn more about Dr. Pamela Flattau and Dr. Guerda Nicolas, the 2010 CIRP co-chairs.

Dr. Pamela Flattau

Dr. Pamela FlattauPamela Flattau earned degrees in experimental psychology from the University of Leeds (BSc Hons.) and from the University of Georgia (MS and PhD) specializing in perceptual development. In 1974, the American Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) selected Dr. Flattau as the first psychologist to hold a Congressional Science Fellowship during which time she served with the US Senate Labor and Public Welfare Committee, Subcommittee on Children and Youth. Subsequently, Dr. Flattau joined the staff of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council (NAS/NRC), managing a wide variety of studies affecting the social and behavioral sciences, including service as the first NAS/NRC Senior Staff Officer for the U.S. National Committee for the International Union of Psychological Science (1985).

Dr. Flattau’s primary professional interests include the development and effective presentation of quantitative and qualitative measures for science and technology policy, a topic which she first tackled as a Congressional Science Fellow and subsequently as a policy analyst with the Science Indicators Unit of the National Science Foundation (NSF). In December 2003, Dr. Flattau was invited to join the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) as the Senior Staff Member in the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education, and in that capacity recently authored a report for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) describing the long-lasting contributions of the National Defense Education Act of 1958 on talent identification and recruitment into the U.S. science and engineering workforce. Dr. Flattau currently leads an ongoing STPI project for NSF’s National Science Board aimed at enhancing public access to the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators series ( through the use of innovative online tools, and in that capacity has participated in the first (Palermo, 2004) and then the second (Istanbul, 2007) World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy sponsored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). She continues to contribute to OECD data visualization activities as a member of the International Institute for Information Design.

Dr. Guerda Nicolas

Dr. Guerda NicolasGuerda Nicolas, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Psychological Studies in the School of Education at the University of Miami. Dr. Nicolas obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Boston University, with pre-doctoral training at Columbia University Medical Center and postdoctoral training the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University, Department of Child Psychiatry. As a multicultural (Haitian American) and multilingual psychologist (Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole), her research is reflective of her background and interests. Dr. Nicolas’ current research centers on partnering with ethnically diverse and immigrant communities to develop culturally effective mental health interventions to combat depression, address issues of racism and racial discrimination stress, enhance the racial and ethnic identity development of children and adolescents, and promote individual, family, and community well-being. In addition, she conducts research on social support networks of Caribbeans with a specific focus on Haitians. She has published several articles and book chapters and delivered numerous invited presentations at the national and international conferences in the areas of women issues, depression and intervention among Haitians, social support networks of ethnic minorities, and spirituality.