College and completed all requirements for a doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology except the dissertation.

Susan R. McCutchen is a senior program associate at the BSP supporting the work of the Committee on Evaluation of the Lovell Federal Health Care Center Merger and the Committee of Medical Experts to Assist Social Security on Disability Issues. She has been on staff at the National Academies for more than 30 years and has worked in several institutional divisions and with many different boards, committees, and panels within those units. The studies in which she has participated have addressed a broad range of subjects and focused on a variety of issues, including science and technology for international development, technology transfer, aeronautics and the U.S. space program, natural disaster mitigation, U.S. education policy and science curricula, needle exchange for the prevention of HIV transmission, the scientific merit of the polygraph, human factors/engineering, research ethics, disability compensation programs, health hazard evaluation, and medical and public health preparedness for catastrophic events, including nuclear detonations. She has assisted in the production of more than 50 publications and was an editor for A 21st Century System for Evaluating Veterans for Disability Benefits and Assessing Medical Preparedness to Respond to a Terrorist Nuclear Event: Workshop Report. Ms. McCutchen has a B.A. in French, with minors in Italian and Spanish, from Ohio’s Miami University, and an M.A. in French, with a minor in English, from Kent State University.

LaVita Sullivan is a senior program assistant with the BSP supporting the work of the Committee on Evaluation of the Lovell Federal Health Care Center Merger and the Committee of Medical Experts to Assist Social Security on Disability Issues. Prior to joining the National Academies in 2008, Ms. Sullivan spent 5 progressive years with the DoD, where she served as a program analyst and contributed to the streamlining of administrative processes and procedures. She is a certified event planner and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in communications at the University of Maryland University College.



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