The DEI Experts

DEI Experts

Diversity Science was founded by Dr. van Ryn, former Professor at Mayo Medical School and OHSU and Director of the Research Program on Equity and Inclusion in Healthcare at the Mayo Clinic. We founded Diversity Science to accelerate DEI progress through evidence-based and effective approaches.

Our training programs are rooted in scientific evidence from the mind sciences and adapted to real-world settings. We continuously evaluate our programs to ensure they are cutting-edge and effective.

Our organizational climate assessments measure what really matters and provide organizations with concrete, actionable steps based on their strengths and opportunities. Our team is comprised of the best minds and people with both deep talent and commitment to our values.

Our Values

Evidence-Based

Our work is fully responsive to scientific evidence, best practices  and rigorous methods

Client-Centered

Our clients can count on absolute confidentiality, integrity, and respect

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Strengths-Focused

We build on strengths and increase resilience

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Results-Driven

We provide actionable recommendations that drive results

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Meet Our Team 

Michelle van Ryn, PhD, MPH

Michelle van Ryn, PhD, MPH (pronouns: she/her) is a dynamic, inspiring and compassionate speaker.  Her deep commitment to making a difference and truly accelerating progress by translating scientific evidences into…

John (Jack) Dovidio, PhD (pronouns: he/him) is the Carl Iver Hovland Professor of Psychology and Public Health at Yale University, where he also served as the Dean of Academic Affairs…

Dr. Reese (pronouns: he/him) is a clinical psychologist and an adjunct professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Community Medicine & Family Health, and Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke…

Julia (pronouns: they/them) believes in leveraging the unique strengths of organizational partners to achieve their goals of real equity and full inclusion for their members and the people they serve.…

Sean Phelan, PhD, MPH

Sean Phelan, PhD, MPH (pronouns: he/him) is a national expert on effect of weight stigma on treatment of patients who are overweight or obese and on the experiences of obese…

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Fred Wills (pronouns: he/him) is a Principal Consultant at Diversity Science. He is a thought leader on diversity, equity and inclusion, organizational development, culture and climate and its impact on…

Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD

Brooke Cunningham, MD, PhD, (pronouns: she/her) uses mixed methods to examine factors at both the provider and organizational levels that impede or facilitate efforts to address health equity, including how…

Rebekah Pratt, PhD,(pronouns: she/her) is an expert in qualitative research methods, evaluation and health disparities. Rebekah is a community psychologist and medical sociologist with an interest in systemic issues that…

Sylvia Perry, PhD (pronouns: she/her) has expertise in the effects of personal (conscious and unconscious) and systemic bias on the health and wellbeing of racial minorities; and the development and…

Nicholas VanRyn-Gregg (pronouns: he/him) is Diversity Science’s Chief Financial and Operations Officer. Nick joined the team over 4 years ago as a consultant when Diversity Science was operating as a…

Kerry (pronouns: she/her) is an accomplished professional with over two decades of experience working with c-suite executives. As the Sr. Director of Operations, Kerry is responsible for the Company Operations…

Deborah (pronouns: she/her) is Director of Assessment Operations at Diversity Science. Full bio coming soon.

Justin Tomás Gomez (pronouns: he/they) is an educator at heart. As a Learning Facilitator, Justin helps individuals and organizations uncover their potential for effective and sustainable diversity, equity, and inclusion…

Joe Reinhard is a skilled instructional designer focused on bringing learning objectives to life through interactive and engaging e-learning courses.Through his work at Diversity Science, Joe has developed a number…

Alyse (pronouns: she/her) is an accomplished administrative specialist and coordinator with an extensive background in supporting senior executives. At Diversity Science she works with the Client Solutions team, supporting proposal…

Jarael Madyun (pronouns: he/him) creates spaces for people to engage and share perspectives. As the Client Solutions Specialist I at Diversity Science, he empowers people to see the world through…

Amy (pronouns: she/her) is passionate about using social science to create measurable change. As a part of the data insights team, Amy works with our clients to collect the data…

Danielle (pronouns: she/her) is an experienced professional, driven by her passion for helping organizations grow, thrive, and implement profound changes for the people they serve. As an Administrative Assistant at…