As The Dartmouth Institute’s managing director for research, Mica Tucker provides direction and leadership in co-developing and guiding a research agenda focused on impact in health care delivery science research. She is responsible for building a culture of team science, which she does through mentoring the Institute’s professional research staff, ensuring productive collaboration and improvement, engaging the collective expertise at the Institute community to solve the toughest problems in health and health care. She also provides support for faculty career development and mentoring; serves as managing director for centralized research support services; and leads activities aimed at improving collaboration with individuals and organizations outside the Institute.
Currently, her current work is focused on interpersonal barriers to effective multidisciplinary problem-solving. With Oliver Goodenough, Tucker wrote the first systematic review of the field of Law and Neuroscience and was the lead editor for the Vermont Law Review volume, Emotions in Context: Exploring the Interaction between Emotions and Legal Institutions. She was the founding director of Breakthrough Houston, which has helped over 1,500 promising students with limited educational resources pursue competitive high school programs and college admission. She is chair of the board of the NH/VT chapter of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and a member of the Vermont Bar Association. She is a former clerk to the Vermont Supreme Court, a former assistant attorney general for the state of Vermont in civil litigation and Medicaid fraud prosecution and served Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration as general counsel for Irene recovery. Tucker earned a dual degree in the humanities with honors from Rice University, and a JD cum laude from Vermont Law School, and is an Albert Schweitzer Fellow for Life.