Research & Scholarship
Social justice, health equity and the social and environmental determinants of health
Clinical care, across the continuum of care, that promotes patients’ rights and well-being
Ethical and socially responsible scientific research
Interim Director, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor
Expertise: Social Justice | Gender Equity | Public Health Policy | Vulnerability in Research
Dr. Debra DeBruin primarily works on issues in public health ethics and the ethics of health policy, with a focus on concerns about social justice and health equity. Much of this work addresses issues of gender and the promotion of public health in resource poor settings. She also has done substantial work on...
Expertise: Research Ethics | Pharmaceutical Industry | Biomedical Enhancements | Psychiatry
Dr. Carl Elliott’s scholarship is largely devoted to the protection of vulnerable research subjects, especially those who are economically impoverished or mentally ill. He also works on ethical issues surrounding healthy subjects in Phase I clinical trials, especially issues involving payment to subjects. Elliott is the author...
Expertise: Nursing Ethics | Home Care Services | Patient Advocacy | Terminal Care | Health Care Delivery
Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. Joan Liaschenko’s research has focused on understanding the ethical concerns embedded in clinical practice, most commonly: the issues nurses define as ethical problems, how they articulate them, and how they solve them. Her reserach has included exploring...
Expertise: Advance Care Planning | Pediatrics | Palliative Care | Clinical Ethics
Dr. Jennifer Needle’s clinical work is within the Pediatric ICU at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. As the sole member of the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics with an appointment in the Center for Bioethics, she serves as a resource to students, residents, and faculty...
Expertise: Health Care Ethics | Stem Cells | Regenerative Medicine | Science Policy | Medical Tourism | Emerging Medical Technologies
Dr. Leigh Turner’s primary research addresses ethical, legal, and social issues related to companies selling unproven and unlicensed “stem cell treatments.” He is the lead author of the Cell Stem Cell article, “Selling Stem Cells in the USA: Assessing the Direct-to-Consumer Industry” - the first empirical study to systematically document the...