Elise Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioethics & Health Humanities

Physical address:
UHC, Suite 4.208
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX

Mailing address:
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-1150

Phone: (409) 772-1128
Fax: (409) 772-5272
Email: elissmit@utmb.edu

  • Dr. Elise Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Health Humanities with a membership in the Institute of Translational Sciences and the Institute for Bioethics & Health Humanities. She has a PhD in Applied Humanities (bioethics option) from the Université de Montréal funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Bioethics Division of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) funded by a Partnership Award provided by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec (Quebec Health Research Funding Council) and the NIH.

    As a bioethics scholar with a background in philosophy, law, and the social sciences, she works on projects in research ethics, research integrity and public health ethics. Her work on social responsibility of science aims to develop best practices for scientist to develop commitment to socially relevant research outcomes which may include improving health outcomes or reducing health disparities. More recently, she has been working on developing social responsibility guidance for researchers working on environmental exposures at Superfund sites. To date, she has published more than thirty peer-reviewed articles in renowned journals including the Lancet, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, IRB: Ethics & Human Research, the Science and Engineering Ethics, and the Journal of Medical Ethics.

    As the Director of the Research Ethics Consultation Service at UTMB, Dr Smith aims to create an environment that enables ethical decision-making through openness, ongoing discussion, tailored training, and research regarding research ethics and integrity concerns.

    Curriculum Vitae - CV

    • Certificate, Natural Sciences, University of Montreal, 2005
    • BA, minor in Philosophy, Ethics and Law and Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Montreal, 2008
    • MA, Bioethics, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Montreal, 2011
    • PhD, Applied Humanities (Bioethics Option), University of Montreal, 2011-2016
    • Bioethics
    • Research Ethics
    • Responsible Conduct of Research
    • Social Responsibility of Science
    • Research Inclusion
    • Translational Science Ethics
    • Ethics of Environmental Health Research Conducted at Superfund Sites
    • Institute for the Medical Humanities
    • Institute for Translational Science
    • Sealy Center for Environmental Health and Medicine