BRAINS Program Team

Photo: Dr. Sheri Mizumori

Dr. Sheri Mizumori is Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington and serves as the BRAINS Director and Principal Investigator. As BRAINS Program Director, Dr. Mizumori advises the Project Coordinator and serve on the Program's Internal Advisory Board. She also serves as liaison with the UW Neurosciences Institute and the UW Psychology Department Diversity Sciences research group, as well as the Society for Neuroscience, and the Association for Psychological Science.

Dr. Joyce Yen

Dr. Joyce Yen is the Director for the UW ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change, and serves as a BRAINS Co-Principal Investigator and Co-Director. Dr. Yen has been PI or co-investigator on twelve successful proposals that have brought over $6.5 million in funding to advance women faculty in science, engineering, and mathematics; to address faculty professional development more generally; and to diversify engineering and create a more inclusive climate in engineering. As BRAINS Program Coordinator, Dr. Yen drives the integration of the different project components for maximum synergism and guides and shapes the overall project efforts.

Photo: Dr. Claire Horner-Devine

Dr. Claire Horner-Devine is the founder of CounterSpace Consulting and serves as a BRAINS co-principal investigator and Co-Director. A significant focus of her work is at the national scale with professional development programs for early career scientists from underrepresented groups in STEM. She also launched the Broader Impacts Leadership Development Program at UW to connect scientific researchers with broader impacts programs, including formal and informal education, outreach and broadening participation in E-STEM. As BRAINS co-Director, Dr. Horner-Devine has primary responsibility for the BRAINS Affiliates Program and the CCI Program and works with the BRAINS Program Team to develop and facilitate BRAINS programming and evaluation.

Laura Ciotti joined the ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change as a program operations specialist in August 2019. In her role, she provides business management and senior-level administrative support for the Center’s local and national initiatives. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Laura’s career has been dedicated to helping mission-driven organizations create and improve systems so they can better serve clients and increase mission impact. Laura’s past accomplishments include providing operational leadership during nonprofit mergers; managing grantmaking programs at Washington Women’s Foundation; and designing and implementing programs to support the organizational development goals of arts and human services groups in King County. Laura has Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oregon.