Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A.
Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., M.A.
Cullen Professor of Medical Ethics, Center Associate Director
- Cullen Professor of Medical Ethics, Center Associate Director
Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine
- Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy (Office)
One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030
- M.A. from Bowling Green State University
- 05/2004 - Bowling Green, Ohio, United States
- Ph.D. from Michigan State University
- 05/2008 - East Lansing, Michigan, United States
Honors & Awards
- Associate Editor for Journal of Medical Ethics
- Journal of Medical Ethics (01/2019)
- Nominated as Member, American Philosophical Association Committee on Philosophy and Medicine
- 07/2014 - 07/2017
- Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP) Fellowship
- Duke University
- Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics
- 01/2011 - 12/2014
- Fulbright and Jaworski L. L. P. Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Evaluation
- Fulbright and Jaworski L. L. P. Faculty Excellence Award in Educational Leadership
- Pfizer Bioethics Fellowship Recipient
- 01/2011 - 12/2014
- Character Project Summer Seminar
- Wake Forest University (06/2013 - 06/2013)
- Junior Scholars in Bioethics Program
- Wake Forest University (09/2011 - 09/2011)
- Moral Psychology and Moral Philosophy
- Behavioral Economics
- Medical Decision Making
Professional StatementJennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., is a professor (tenured) of Medicine and Medical Ethics with the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her B.S. in applied health science and a minor in philosophy, magna cum laude with University Honors, from Bowling Green State University in May 2002, and her Ph.D. in philosophy, with a specialization in bioethics, from Michigan State University in May 2008.
Dr. Blumenthal-Barby's research focuses on the ethical issues raised by research on human judgment and decision-making (e.g., decisional biases and heuristics). She focuses on developing moral guidelines for the use of principles of behavioral economics and decisional psychology to shape people’s decisions and behaviors. Dr. Blumenthal-Barby has been the recipient of a Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics Fellowship, a Pfizer Bioethics Fellowship, and two Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Awards. She directs the undergraduate medical education ethics curriculum at BCM, has taught courses and advised graduate students in ethics at Rice University, and co-directs (on the BCM side) the Rice-BCM Health, Humanism and Society Scholars Program for undergraduates. She has published more than 75 articles in bioethics, philosophy, and medical journals and won several teaching awards.
- Peterson A, Kostick K, O’Brien K, Blumenthal-Barby JS. "Seeing Minds in Disorders of Consciousness Patients." Brain Injury. 2019 : 1-9. Pubmed PMID: 31880960
- Kostick K, Kothari S, O’Brien K, Halm A, Blumenthal-Barby JS. "Conceptualizations of Consciousness and Continuation of Care Among Family Members and Health Professionals Caring for Patients in a Minimally Conscious State.." Disability and Rehabilitation. 2019 :
- Fridman, I., Ubel, P.A., Blumenthal-Barby, J., England, C., Currier, J.S., Eyal, N., Freedberg, K.A., Halpern, S.D., Kelley, C., Kuritzkes, D.R., Le, C.N., Lennox, J.L., Pollak, K.I., Zikmund-Fisher, B.J., Scherr, K.A. "Cure” versus “Clinical Remission”: The Impact of a Medication Description on the Willingness of People Living with HIV to Take a Medication." AIDS Behav. 2020 In press : Pubmed PMID: 31900813
- Blumenthal-Barby JS, Opel DJ, Dickert NW, Kramer DB, Tucker Edmonds B, Ladin K, Peek M, Peppercorn J, Tilburt JC "Potential Unintended Consequences of Recent Shared Decision Making Policy Initiatives." Health Affairs.. 2019 38 (11): 1876-1881. Pubmed PMID: 31682503
- Kratka A, Ubel PA, Scherr K, Murray B, Eyal N, Kirby C, Katz M, Holtzman L, Pollack K, Freedberg K, Blumenthal-Barby J. "Exploring the Risks HIV Patients Say They Would Accept for a Cure: Findings from Semi-Structured Interviews. In press." Ethics and Human Research.. 2019 41 (6): 23-24.
- Murray BR, Kratka A, Scherr KA, Eyal N, Blumenthal-Barby J, Freedburg K, Kuritzkes DR, Hammitt JK, Edifor R, Katz,MN, Pollak,KI, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Halpern SD, Barks MC, Ubel PA. "What Risk of Death Would People Take to be Cured of HIV, and Why? A Survey of People Living With HIV." J Virus Erad.. 2019 5 (2): 109-115.
- Peoples HA, Boone B, Blumenthal-Barby JS, Bruce CR. "Clinician–Family Interactions Potentially Impact Clinicians’ Conceptualization and Discussions Regarding Prognostic Uncertainties." Journal of Palliative Care. 2019 April 3; e-pub ahead of print. : Pubmed PMID: 31039670
- Buchberg Trejo M, Kostick KM, Estep JD, Blumenthal-Barby JS "Identifying Knowledge Gaps among LVAD Candidates." Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2019 8 (4): 549. Pubmed PMID: 31018498
- Kostick KM, Trejo M, Blumenthal-Barby JS. "Suffering and Healing in the Context of LVAD Treatment.." Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2019 8 (5): 660. Pubmed PMID: 31083545
- Allen CH, Vold K, Felsen G, Blumenthal-Barby JS, Aharoni E. "Reconciling the Opposing Effects of Neurobiological Evidence on Criminal Sentencing Judgments.." PLoS One. 2019 January 18; 14 (1): Pubmed PMID: 30657761
- American Philosophical Association Committee on Philosophy and Medicine
- American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Medical Decision Making Affinity Group
- Co-Founder and Chair
- Pediatric Deep Brain Stimulation: Neuroethics and Decision Making (Co-PI with Lazaro-Munoz, Storch)
- $1,733,920.00 (09/18/2019 - 08/31/2023) Grant funding from NIH BRAIN Initiative (R01)
- Identify and address neuroethics issues and decisional needs related to pediatric deep brain stimulation for intractable movement disorders and psychiatric disorders.
- Dissemination and Implementation of a Patient-Centered Decision Aid for Ventricular Assist Device Placement (PI)
- $490,000.00 (09/01/2018 - 09/01/2020) Grant funding from Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Award
- Development and User Testing of a Decision Aid for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Placement (PI)
- $1,343,703.00 (01/01/2014 - 01/01/2017) Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute
- Creating a patient-centered decision aid that presents outcomes, risks, experiences, and uncertainties about ventricular assist device placement in a clear, comprehensive, scientifically valid and unbiased manner.
- Senior Collaboration Project on “Ethically Responsible Choice Architecture in Medical Decision Making” (PI) (07/01/2013 - 07/01/2015) The Greenwall Foundation Making a Difference in Real-World Bioethics Dilemmas Grant Initiative
- This project aims to develop empirically-informed comprehensive normative guidelines for the use of choice architecture in (1) prostate cancer treatment decision-making, and (2) decision-making about tracheostomy placement in critically ill children.
- Integration of Whole Genome Sequencing into Clinical Medicine (Co-I; PI: R. Green and A. McGuire) - #U01 HG 006500 (12/01/2011 - 12/31/2015) National Institutes of Health
- The MedSeq Project seeks to develop a process to integrate genome sequencing into clinical medicine and explore the impact of doing so.
- Integrating Ethics into the Science of Behavior Change: An Ethical Framework for Clinicians and Policymakers (PI) (07/01/2011 - 07/31/2014) Greenwall Faculty Scholar Award in Bioethics
- A career development award to enable outstanding junior faculty members to carry out original research that will help resolve important policy and clinical dilemmas at the intersection of ethics and the life sciences.
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