BHH Research Areas of Concentration

We focus on applied ethics, translational humanities, and social justice.
Below are specific areas of strength, associated faculty, and selected recent publications.

Applied Ethics

BHH Research Areas of Concentration

  • Clinical Ethics

    Drs. Farroni, Moore, and Tumilty

    • Moore, B., and McDougall, R. (2022). Exploring the Ethics of the Parental Role in Parent-Clinician Conflict. Hastings Center Report 52(6): 33– 43.
    • Moore, B., Nelson, R. H., Ubel, P. A. and Blumenthal-Barby, J. (2022). Two Minds, One Patient: Clearing Up Confusion about “Ambivalence.” American Journal of Bioethics 22(6): 37-47.
    • Moore, B., Nelson, R. H., Meredyth, N. and Pandya, N. (2021). Consistently Inconsistent: Does Inconsistency Really Indicate Incapacity? HEC Forum.
    • Moore, B. (2020). Dying during Covid-19. The Hastings Center Report 50(3): 13-15.
    • Moore, B. and Horner, C. (2020). Variation in Clinical Ethics Fellowship Programs: Lessons from the Field. The Journal of Clinical Ethics 31(3): 277-282.
    • Farroni, J.S., Tumilty, E., Mukherjee, D., McCammon*, S., Chooljian, D.M. and Eves, M.M., 2019. Emerging roles of clinical ethicists. The Journal of clinical ethics30(3), pp.262-269.
    • Childress A, Lee SW, Matsler JS, Farroni JS. Clarifying and expanding the role of narrative in ethics consultation. The Journal of clinical ethics. 2020 Sep 1;31(3):241-51.
    • Farroni JS. Ethicist as Healer: Is Offering Justified Normative Recommendations All We Are Doing in Active Patient Cases?. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2019 Nov 2;19(11):85-7.
    • Wellesley J*, Tumilty E. Autonomy requires more curiosity less deference to risk. Journal of Medical Ethics 2023;49:749-750.
    • Dominique E. Martin, Cynthia Forlini & Emma Tumilty (2023) Certainty, Science, and the Brain-Based Definition of Death, AJOB Neuroscience, 14:3, 279-282,
  • Research Ethics and Integrity

      Drs. Aparicio, Farroni, Molldrem, Moore, Smith, Tumilty

      • Smith, EM. (2023) “Technical” Contributors and Authorship in Health Sciences, Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics." Science and Engineering Ethics, 29(4)
      • Resnik, D. Smith, EM. (2023) Authorship as a Right. Journal of Medical Ethics.
      • Smith, EM, Corisa Rakestraw*, and Jeffrey S. Farroni. (2022) Scientific Priorities and Relational Dynamics During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study. Accountability in Research.
      • Smith, EM., E.E. Anderson, R. Deer, J. Prochaska, K. Bohn, and S. Croisant. (2022) Reviewing Fair Subject Selection Considerations for the Unique Case of Post Sequelae COVID-19 Translational Studies. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science 6 (1): e91.
      • Tumilty, E. Smith, E.M. (2023) Community-Engaged Approach to Address Collateral Findings in Embedded Research. The American Journal of Bioethics, 23:8, 61-63.
      • Tumilty E, Farroni JS. Issues of Justice and Risk: Setting Stopping Criteria in Cluster-Randomized Trials. The American Journal of Bioethics. 2019 Oct 3;19(10):110-1.
      • Smith EM, Rakestraw C*, Farroni JS. Research integrity during the COVID-19 pandemic: Perspectives of health science researchers at an Academic Health Science Center. Accountability in Research. 2023 Oct 3;30(7):471-92.
      • Emma Tumilty, Heidi Spratt, Christina Cestone, Kevin Wooten, Judith Aronson, Jonathan Hommel, Mark R. Hellmich, Celia Chao. Developing future translational scientists through authentic learning and assessments. International Journal of Educational Research Open,
      • Volume 3, 2022.
      • JA Kotarba, E Tumilty, KC Wooten. The evolution of consulting in translational team science. Studies in Symbolic Interaction, 2021
      • DB Resnik, E Smith. Should authorship on scientific publications be treated as a right? Journal of Medical Ethics, 2023. 
      • E Smith, EE Anderson. Reimagining IRB review to incorporate a clear and convincing standard of evidence.  Accountability in Research, 2022.

    Translational Humanities

    BHH Research Areas of Concentration

    • Historical Perspectives of Health

      Drs. Molldrem and Moses

      • J. Moses, A. Arnold-Forster, and S. Schotland, “Introduction: Healthcare Practitioners’ Emotions and the Politics of Well-Being in Twentieth Century Anglo-America,” introduction to special issue of Journal of The History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, ed. J. Moses, A. Arnold Forster, and S. Schotland. Advance access publication, May 5, 2023.
      • A. Arnold-Forster, J. Moses, and S. Schotland, “Reading The National Plan For Health Workforce Well-Being Through The Lens Of History,” Health Affairs Forefront, December 19, 2022,
      • Molldrem, Stephen. “Beyond the Depathologization of Homosexuality: Reframing Evelyn Hooker as a Boundary Shifter in Twentieth-Century US Sex Research.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 30, no. 1 (January 2021): 48–91.
    • Public Health Studies

      Drs. Molldrem, Smith, and Tumilty

      • Molldrem, Stephen, Anthony K J Smith, and Alexander McClelland. “Advancing Dialogue About Consent and Molecular HIV Surveillance in the United States: Four Proposals Following a Federal Advisory Panel’s Call for Major Reforms.” The Milbank Quarterly, June 28, 2023, 1468-0009.12663.
      • Molldrem, Stephen, Anthony K J Smith, and Alexander McClelland. “Predictive Analytics in HIV Surveillance Require New Approaches to Data Ethics, Rights, and Regulation in Public Health.” Critical Public Health 33, no. 3 (27 May 2023): 275–81.
      • Molldrem, Stephen. “Research on the Development of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Variants of Concern in People With Advanced Human Immunodeficiency Virus Disease Should Highlight Structural Conditions and Avoid Harmful Stereotypes.” Clinical Infectious Diseases 76, no. 9 (3 May 2023): 1701–2.
      • Goodman, Michael, Stephen Molldrem, Aleisha Elliott, David Robertson, and Philip Keiser. “Long COVID and mental health correlates: a new chronic condition fits existing patterns.” Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine 33, no. 1 (23 December 2022)
      • Molldrem, Stephen, and Anthony K J Smith. “Reassessing the Ethics of Molecular HIV Surveillance in the Era of Cluster Detection and Response: Toward HIV Data Justice.” The American Journal of Bioethics 20, no. 10 (October 2, 2020): 10–23.
      • Emma Tumilty, Fiona Doolan-Noble, Robin Gauld, Peter Littlejohns, Tim Stokes. (2022) Is PHARMAC's decision-making fair? Findings from an evaluation of decision-making in the New Zealand health system, The New Zealand Medical Journal 135(1550).


    • Science and Technology Studies

      Drs. Aparicio, Molldrem, and Moses

    Social Justice

    BHH Research Areas of Concentration

    • Feminist Studies

      Drs. Campo-Engelstein, Molldrem, Moses, and Tumilty

      • Jayawickrama, S.^, G. Loutrianakis*, K. Vincent, and L. Campo-Engelstein. “Air Ball: Missing the Net on Female Elite Athletes’ Reproductive Health.” International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 16.1 (2023). 
      • Emma Tumilty & Michele Battle-Fisher, eds. Transhumanism- entering an era of bodyhacking and radical human modification. Springer Publishing, USA. (2022).
      • Campo-Engelstein, L. and G. Loutrianakis*. “The Relational and Gendered Nature of Reproductive Medicine.” American Journal of Bioethics 22.3 (2022).
      • MacKay Kathryn, and Emma Tumilty. 2022. "Feminist Bioethics and Activism in the Wake of COVID-19." IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 15(1), pp. 162–163
    • Queer Studies

      Drs. Campo-Engelstein, Molldrem, and Moses

      • J. Moses, T. E. Schall, and L. Campo-Engelstein, “Unjust Discrimination Between Cisgender and Transgender Gender-Affirming Care,” Annals of Internal Medicine July 4 (2023).
      • T. E. Schall and J. Moses, “Gender-Affirming Care for Cisgender People,” Hastings Center Report, 53, no. 3 (2023): 15-24.
      • Campo-Engelstein, L. and R.M. Permar,* “Ethical Considerations for Transgender and Non-Binary Reproduction.” Reproduction in Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals, ed. Molly Moravek and G. de Haan (2023).
      • A. Brummett and L. Campo-Engelstein, “We Don’t Treat People Like You": Conscientious Objection and LGBTQ Discrimination.” Journal of Public Health Policy 42.2 (2021).  
      • Molldrem, Stephen, “HIV Data as Queer Data: Biomedical Sexualities, Treatment-as-Prevention, and the New Sex Hierarchy for People Living with HIV.” edited by Patrick Keilty. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, forthcoming.
    • Reproductive Justice

      Drs. Aparicio, Campo-Engelstein, and Tumilty

      • Gibson, R.+ and L. Campo-Engelstein. “Artificial Womb Technology and the Restructuring of Gestational Boundaries.” American Journal of Bioethics (2023).
      • Nguyen, M., B. Nguyen, and L. Campo-Engelstein. “An Ethical Argument for Health Insurance Coverage of Paternal Prenatal Genetic Testing.” Obstetrics & Gynecology 141.1 (2023).
      • Campo-Engelstein, L. and A. Paz^. “Who’s Your Daddy? An Ethical Argument for Disclosure to Donor Conceived Children.” Andrology (2023).
      • Tumilty, E., (2022) “Chapter 14 - Ethical Frameworks for Practice” in Pairman, S. (Eds) Midwifery – Preparation for Practice 5th Edition, Elsevier.
      • Andaya, E., and L. Campo-Engelstein. “Conceptualizing Pain and Personhood in the Periviable Period: Perspectives from Women’s Health and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Clinicians.” Social Science & Medicine 269 (2021).

    Key —

    Bold: Bioethics and Health Humanities faculty
    *: Bioethics and Health Humanities graduate student
    +: Bioethics and Health Humanities postdoctoral fellow
    ^: UTMB medical student