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Debra Juanita Hale Mathews, Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Director for Science Programs, Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Associate Professor of Genetic Medicine
Female

Research Interests

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Background

Debra JH Mathews, Ph.D., M.A., is the Assistant Director for Science Programs for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetic Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Mathews earned her Ph.D. in genetics from Case Western Reserve University, as well as a concurrent Master’s in bioethics. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in genetics at Johns Hopkins, and the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Mathews has spent time at the Genetics and Public Policy Center, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and the National Academy of Medicine working in various capacities on science policy.

Dr. Mathews’s academic work focuses on ethics and policy issues raised by emerging technologies, with a particular focus on genetics, stem cell science, neuroscience, synthetic biology, and artificial intelligence.

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Titles

  • Assistant Director for Science Programs, Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Ethics & Governance Lead, Institute for Assured Autonomy
  • Associate Professor of Genetic Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes

Education

Degrees

  • Ph.D.; Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) (2002)

Additional Training

Education
M.A.
Case Western Reserve University
Bioethics
Cleveland, OH

B.S.
Pennsylvania State University
Biology
State College, PA

Fellowships
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Genetics
Baltimore, MD

Greenwall Fellowship
Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University
2004
Bioethics and Health Policy
Baltimore, MD

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Mathews’s academic work focuses on ethics and policy issues raised by emerging technologies, with particular focus on genetics, stem cell science, neuroscience, synthetic biology, and artificial intelligence.

Selected Publications

Morain SR, Mathews DJH, Weinfurt K, May E, Bollinger JM, Geller G, Sugarman J. Stakeholder Perspectives Regarding Pragmatic Clinical Trial Collateral Findings. Learn Health Syst. 2020;e10245. doi:10.1002/lrh2.10245.

Bollinger, J, Geller G, Weinfurt K, May E, Morain S, Mathews DJH, Sugarman J. Patients’ Views about the Disclosure of Collateral Findings in Pragmatic Clinical Trials: A Focus Group Study. [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug 19]. J Gen Intern Med. 2020;10.1007/s11606-020-06113-5. doi:10.1007/s11606-020-06113-

Berry JD, Bedlack R, Mathews D, Agnese W, Apple S. Engaging ALS patients and caregivers (the ALS research ambassadors) to help design the REFINE-ALS biomarker study. [published online ahead of print, 2020 Aug]. Amyotroph Lateral Scler Frontotemporal Degener 2020. doi:10.1080/21678421.2020.1804939.

Geller G, Duggal P, Thio CL, Mathews D, Kahn JP, Maragakis L, Garibaldi B. Genomics in the Era of COVID-19: Ethical Implications for Clinical Practice and Public Health. Genome Med 2020;12(95). doi: 10.1186/s13073-020-00792-9.

Sanghavi K, Feero WG, Mathews DJH, Prince AER, Price LL, Liu ET, Brothers KB, Roberts SJ, Lee C. Employees’ Views and Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications Assessment of Voluntary Workplace Genomic Testing. Front Genet 2021;12:370. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2021.643304.

Contact for Research Inquiries

1809 Ashland Avenue
Room 211
Baltimore, MD 21205 map
Phone: 410-614-5581

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Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Advanced Topics in Human Genetics
    Johns Hopkins University
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Genetics and Genomics Over Time
    Johns Hopkins University
  • Ethics, Policy, and Emerging Biomedical Technologies
    Johns Hopkins University
  • Practical Ethics for Future Leaders
    Johns Hopkins University
  • TIME Genomic Medicine: Ethics Aspects of Next-Generation Sequencing
    Johns Hopkins University
  • Ethics and Policy Issues in Next Gen Sequencing
    Johns Hopkins University
  • Genetic Epidemiology Seminar: Human Genome Editing, Ethics & Policy
    Johns Hopkins University
  • COVID-19, Genomics, Ethics & Policy
    Johns Hopkins University
  • Genetic Epidemiology Seminar: Host Genomics: Ethics & Policy
    Johns Hopkins University

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Assistant Secretary for Health’s Award for Outstanding Team Performance, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Greenwall Faculty Scholars Award - Competitive faculty development award, The Greenwall Foundation
  • Appointment to the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, Johns Hopkins University
  • International Neuroethics Society Nominating Committee, International Neuroethics Society
  • International Neuroethics Society Board of Directors
  • 2015 class of the Leadership Program for Women Faculty, Office of Women in Science and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
  • Elected Vice Chair, Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission
  • Greenwall Leadership Program, The Greenwall Foundation
  • Elected Chair, Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission
  • Elected Fellow, Hastings Center

Memberships

  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
  • International Society for Stem Cell Research
  • International Neuroethics Society

Professional Activities

  • Member/Chair, Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, 2012
  • Member, Policy Review Committee, Stem Cell Network, 2017
  • Member, NIDDK RADIANT Observational Safety and Monitoring Board (OSMB), 2019
  • Member, Advisory Committee, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Tissue Bank, 2019
  • Member, Ethics, Legal, and Social Issues sub-committee, Earth BioGenome Project Working Group, 2020
  • Member, ohns Hopkins/National Human Genome Research Institute Genetic Counseling Training Program Working Group (Advisory Board), 2020
  • Member, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Biospecimen Transfer Committee, 2020

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Gene Editing For Advanced Therapies: Governance, Policy, And Society
    Invited Speaker/Participant, OECD Expert Meeting, Berlin, Germany (07/01/2017)
  • The Role of the Public in Shaping Research
    Plenary Speaker, 7th International Yeast 2.0 and Synthetic Genomes Conference, Sydney, Australia (11/01/2018)
  • Management of Incidental Findings (IFs) in Pragmatic Clinical Trials (PCTs): Stakeholder Interviews
    Speaker, 2019 Advancing Ethical Research Conference, Boston, MA (11/01/2019)
    Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
  • CRISPR and the meaning of solidarity in a Balkanized world
    Speaker, Life 2.0: The Promise and Challenge of a CRISPR Path to a Sustainable Planet, Colloquia, Irvine, CA (12/01/2019)
    National Academy of Sciences
  • Board on Life Sciences Fall Meeting
    Panelist, Virtual (10/01/2020)
    National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)
  • The Many Faces of Trust During the Pandemic
    Speaker, Ethics for Lunch Lecture Series, Baltimore, MD (02/01/2021)
    Johns Hopkins University

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