Cullen Associate Professor of Medical Ethics
Associate Director of Medical Ethics, Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas


M.A. from Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. from Michigan State University

Honors & Awards

Greenwall Faculty Scholar in Bioethics
Fulbright & Jaworski L. L. P. Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Evaluation
Junior Scholars in Bioethics Program
Pfizer Bioethics Fellowship Recipient
Character Project Summer Seminar
Educational Scholars Fellowship Program
Nominated as Member, American Philosophical Association Committee on Philosophy and Medicine

Professional Interests

  • Moral Psychology and Moral Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Medical Decision Making
  • Psychiatry

Professional Statement

Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., is an associate professor (tenured) of Medicine and Medical Ethics with the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine and has an adjunct appointment in Philosophy at Rice University. 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 a Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Award. She directs the undergraduate medical education ethics curriculum at BCM, teaches courses and advises graduate students in ethics at Rice University, and co-directs the Rice-BCM Health, Humanism and Society Scholars Program for undergraduates. She has published more than 65 ​ articles in bioethics, philosophy, and medical journals and won several teaching awards.

Selected Publications


American Philosophical Association Committee on Philosophy and Medicine
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Medical Decision Making Affinity Group


Development and User Testing of a Decision Aid for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Placement (PI)
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)
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 & A. McGuire)
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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)
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.