James Dickerson

Chief Scientific Officer
Expertise: Energy, Food, Product Safety, Sustainability, Tech & Privacy

An inventive leader with an extensive research and communications track record in the physical sciences, James H. Dickerson is the organization’s first Chief Scientific Officer. He is responsible for scientific and technical oversight of all relevant CR activities, with a primary focus on product evaluations, interpretation of scientific data, and safety research in support of CR content, and policy and mobilization initiatives. James also oversees the technical rigor of CR’s testing protocol development. An internationally recognized expert in nanoscience and electrochemistry, James has more than 20 years of experience effectively translating scientific concepts for academic, industrial, government, and public stakeholders.

Prior to joining CR, he served as the Assistant Director of the Department of Energy’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory. There, he established strategic partnerships with early stage tech startups, Fortune 500 companies, and leading research universities in renewable energy and nanotechnology. Before he worked at Brookhaven, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Physics at Vanderbilt University, where he developed patented intellectual property in electrophoretic deposition.

In 2019, James was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his long-standing contributions to physics diversity through mentoring, outreach, championing the APS Bridge Program, and helping to launch the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge model, as well as for his leadership to ensure that quality science continues to underpin all of Consumer Reports’ product evaluations.

James earned his B.A. in physics from Amherst College in Massachusetts and his Ph.D. in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.