ADVANCE Faculty Fellows

Ann Bell- ADVANCE Faculty FellowAnn Bell, Associate Professor, Sociology

Ann V. Bell received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan, an M.H.S. in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Her research centering on the intersection of gender and health, specifically examines processes, inequalities, and constructions of reproductive health.



Jennifer BiddleJennifer Biddle, Associate Professor, School of Marine Sci & Policy

Jennifer Biddle earned a B.S. in Biotechnology from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology from Penn State University. Her research investigates microbial ecology in the environment, particularly in extreme environments including the deep sea and deep subsurface. She uses bioinformatics and microbial cultivation to examine why microbes live where they live.



Tobin Driscoll, ADVANCE-Faculty-FellowToby Driscoll, Professor, Mathematical Sciences 

Toby Driscoll is a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, with affiliated appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Data Science Institute. He earned B.S. degrees in Math and Physics from the Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University, and he was an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder prior to coming to UD. His research interests are in scientific computation, mathematical software, and modeling and data analysis, particularly for biomedical applications.


Chad ForbesChad Forbes, Associate Professor, Director, Social Psychology Graduate Program 

Chad Forbes earned a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and an M.A. in Social Psychology and Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a second emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Arizona. His research utilizes cognitive neuroscience methodologies such as electroencephalography (EEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and lesion studies to investigate how different contexts affect the way we attend to and interpret information.


GordonMellissa Gordon, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences

Mellissa Gordon is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Sciences. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and anM.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Human Science: Family Relations from Florida State University. Her primary research area centers on the influence of family-of-origin on positive adolescent developmental outcomes such as academic achievement during adolescence and young adulthood, career outcomes in young adulthood, and intimate partner relationships. She also addresses the mediating and moderating influence of community factors such as community poverty from a multilevel perspective on this association.


Jennifer JoeJennifer Joe, Whitney Family Professor of Accounting, Chief Diversity Advocate of Lerner College

Jennifer Joe earned a B.B.A. in Accounting, magna cum laude, from Bernard M. Baruch College and a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on audit judgment and decision making, fair value accounting, and internal controls and fraud evaluation.



TannerBert Tanner, Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Bert Tanner received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the NTUA, Athens, Greece.  He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania before taking a faculty position at the University of New Mexico.  He is now with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware, where he is currently a professor. He is the Director of the Center for Autonomous and Robotics Systems, and his research interests are primarily in artificial intelligence and control theory for multi-agent systems.


WrightRegina Wright, Associate Dean for Diversity, College of Health Science, Associate Professor, School of Nursing

Regina Wright is a psychologist and associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Delaware where she teaches primarily in the PhD in Nursing Science program. She is also Associate Dean for Diversity for the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Wright earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delaware, an M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. in Research Neuropsychology from Howard University. Her program of research is focused on examining relations between cardiovascular risk factors and cognitive function among older adults, with a specific interest in patterns of association in vulnerable populations. She has published widely in gerontological, neuropsychological, neurological, and special population journals.