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Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, MA, PhD

Class of 2014
  • Cullen Professor, Associate Director, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine
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Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby is the Cullen Professor of Medical Ethics (philosophy/bioethics) and Associate Director for the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy, with a specialization in bioethics, from Michigan State University in May 2008.

Professor Blumenthal-Barby’s research focuses primarily on the philosophical and ethical questions raised by research on human judgment and decision-making and by attempts to use principles from behavioral economics and decisional psychology (e.g., framing effects, default options, incentives, focusing effects, commitment contracts and subconscious priming) to shape people‚Äôs medical decisions and behaviors.

Professor Blumenthal-Barby has served as a member of the American Philosophical Association Committee on Philosophy of Medicine, was co-founder of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Medical Decision Making Affinity Group, is a member of the Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics, and has served as an expert on medical decision making and bioethics in several capacities. She is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Medical Ethics (2019). Her research has been funded (PI) by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), The Greenwall Foundation, and the NIH Brain Initiative. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles and has a book forthcoming, Good Ethics and Bad Choices: The Relevance of Behavioral Economics for Medical Ethics (MIT Press, 2020). She has won several teaching awards.

For more information, visit: https://jenniferblumenthalbarby.wordpress.com 

Bioethics & Prognosis

Integrating Ethics into the Science of Behavior Change: An Ethical Framework for Clinicians and Policymakers

Grant Cycle: 2010 - 2011

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