Paul P. Christopher conducts bioethics research that aims to enhance public policy, inform medical research, and improve clinical care. Dr. Christopher has a particular interest in identifying how to best promote the interests of “vulnerable” populations in research, including individuals who are incarcerated or under correctional supervision, and those who have treatment refractory psychiatric illnesses. Using a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods, he examines ethics topics ranging from informed consent, voluntariness, decisional capacity, undue influence, and therapeutic misconception. In some cases, his research has identified deficits in research protections; in other instances, it has revealed ways in which research may be overly restricted. Dr. Christopher also studies policies that allow for the compulsory treatment of opioid and other substance use disorders and factors that lead to criminal justice involvement among individuals with psychiatric disorders. To date, his work has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Illness, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration, and The Greenwall Foundation.
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