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Maureen C. Kelley, PhD

Maureen C. Kelley, PhD


Children's Title: Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics

Academic Title: Associate Professor, Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities, UWSOM; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research


Research Description

I conduct research on ethical issues in pediatric global health and international research ethics and moral conflict resolution. I am involved in international research projects in Siberia and Zambia.

My current projects include: supporting adolescent decision-making for runaways, street children and orphans; improving criteria of vulnerability and risk for orphans and street children in the context of HIV/AIDS; managing the ethical dilemmas raised by infant feeding practices in HIV-infected mothers in resource-poor settings and the role of moral compromise in global health practice and policy.

Research Focus Area

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Behavioral / Mental Health


Silent Loss and the Clinical Encounter: Parents' and Physicians' Experiences of Stillbirth - A Qualitative Analysis
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth , Nov. 27, 2012: 12:1371471 - 2393
An 8-year-old Foster Child with Behavioral Problems Who Needs a Bone Marrow Transplant
Pediatrics , Oct. 8, 2012: 130(5)936 - 40
Values in Translation: How Asking the Right Questions Can Move Translational Science Toward Greater Health Impact
Clin Trans Sci , Aug. 7, 2012: 5(6)445 - 51
The Invisible Children
Journal of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics , 2012: 2(2)E4-E6
Biodefence and the Production of Knowledge: Rethinking the Problem
J Med Ethics , Dec. 22, 2011: 39(4)195 - 204
An Integrated Systems Biology Approach to the Study of Preterm Birth Using "-omic" Technology - A Guideline for Research
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth , Oct. 12, 2011: 11:71
Refusals of Treatment in Adolescents and Young Adults in Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-based Textbook
Cambridge University Press , Oct. 2011: 23-6
Conclusion: Genomic Medicine and Health Disparities in Achieving Justice in Genomic Translation: Rethinking the Pathway to Benefit
Oxford University Press , Sept. 15, 2011: 197 - 204
Counting Stillbirths: Women's Health and Reproductive Rights
The Lancet , April 14, 2011: 377(9778)1636 - 37


Presentations TitleEventLocationDate
Opportunities and Challenges: New Diagnostics in Resource-Constrained SettingsAfrican Diagnostic Forum 2012Johannesburg, South AfricaNov. 16, 2012
What About this Pregnancy? Ethical Considerations in Pregnancy Related BiobankingAmerican Public Health Association Annual MeetingWashington, DCNov. 1, 2011
Ethical Dilemmas in Research with Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Investigators Report from the FieldAmerican Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual MeetingMinneapolis, MNOct. 14, 2011
Research Beyond Borders, Responsibilities Beyond Research: Researcher's Ethical Obligations in Resource Poor SettingsPediatric Academic Societies MeetingDenver, COMay 30, 2011 - June 3, 2011
The Role of Advocacy in Healthcare for Wards of the StateInternational Conference on Clinical Ethics ConsultationAmsterdam, NetherlandsMay 20, 2011
Should International Adoption Be Part of Humanitarian Aid Efforts? Lessons from HaitiAmerican Anthropological Association MeetingCharleston, SCFeb. 19, 2011

Research Funding

Grant TitleGrantorAmountAward Date
Chao Center for International Research EthicsMethodist Hospital, Houston TX $4,816.00Jan. 1, 2012
Preventing Preterm Birth InitiativeBill and Melinda Gates Foundation $19,500,000.00Nov. 1, 2011
Research Participation with Wards of the State: Evaluating IRB and Investigator PerspectivesThe Greenwall Foundation $24,423.00July 1, 2009

Primary Office

Seattle Children's Research Institute
JMB - 6 - Clinical and Translational Research
1900 - 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

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