nerships and citizen engagement, communication and public outreach, and pan-institute affairs and initiatives. Dr. Graham obtained his Ph.D. in medical sociology from McGill University. His research has largely focused on knowledge translation and conducting applied research on strategies to increase implementation of research findings and evidence-based practice. He has also advanced knowledge translation science though the development of two planned action models, the Ottawa Model of Research Use and the Knowledge to Action Model. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed articles and was co-editor of Knowledge Translation in Health Care (2009) and Evaluating the Impact of Implementing Evidence-based Practice (2010).
Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Ph.D., holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in wood and paper science and a B.S. degree in pulp and paper science and technology from North Carolina State University. She also is a graduate of American University’s Executive Leadership in Public Policy Implementation Program. As Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Associate Administrator for National Programs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Dr. Jacobs-Young leads the Office of National Programs, which manages the research objectives of the Agency. She also leads the Office of International Research Programs, which is responsible for ARS’s liaisons with its international partners. From April 2010 to May 2012, Dr. Jacobs-Young was the director of the Office of the Chief Scientist in the USDA, where she was responsible for facilitating the coordination of scientific leadership across the Department. From May 2011 to May 2012, Dr. Jacobs-Young served as acting director for USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Prior to these roles, Dr. Jacobs-Young served as a senior policy analyst for agriculture in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. There, she supported the President’s science adviser and others within the Executive Office of the President on a variety of agricultural scientific activities. She worked across the federal government to improve interagency cooperation and collaboration on high-priority scientific issues. From 1995 to 2009, Dr. Jacobs-Young led competitive research programs as a National Program Leader in the USDA National Research Initiative, USDA’s largest competitive program. She administered extramural funding programs in the areas of bio-based products including non-food processing, biotechnology, metabolic engineering, bioenergy production, and forest products research. Dr. Jacobs-Young was a member of the College of Forest Resources at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1995 to 2002,