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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’s medical decisions and behaviors. She also works in neuro-ethics and AI ethics. She leads a Philosophical Bioethics Consortium and Web Hub (www.philosphicalbioethics.com

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 (ASBH) Medical Decision Making Affinity Group and is on the ASBH Board of Directors, 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 an Associate Editor for the Journal of Medical Ethics and The American Journal of Bioethics. Her research has been funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), The Greenwall Foundation, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) and the NIH Brain Initiative. In 2023 she was elected a Hastings Center Fellow. She is the author of the book, Good Ethics and Bad Choices: The Relevance of Behavioral Economics for Medical Ethics (MIT Press, 2021). She has won several teaching awards.

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

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

Grant Cycle: 2010 - 2011

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