Kate MacDuffie, MA, PhD

Kate  MacDuffie, MA, PhD

Children's Title: Investigator, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and Palliative Care

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and Palliative Care

"I draw inspiration from listening to the people most likely to be impacted by cutting-edge science, but who are not often included in the design, conduct and dissemination of such research."

  • Biography

    Dr. MacDuffie is an investigator in the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and Palliative Care at Seattle Children's Research Institute and Assistant Professor in the Division of Bioethics & Palliative Care, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke University and Masters in Bioethics from the University of Washington.

    Her work focuses on understanding the ethical and social impacts of advances in neuroscience on children and families affected by neurodevelopmental, neurological, and psychiatric disorders.

    She uses a combination of qualitative, quantitative, and conceptual methods with the overarching goal of embedding the perspectives of research participants and other impacted stakeholders into the practice and process of neuroscience research.

    • Related Pages

    • MacDuffie Lab

      Our lab is focused on understanding the social and ethical impacts of advances in neuroscience research. We seek to draw in and learn from the perspectives of those most likely to be impacted by cutting-edge science.

  • Publications

    Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Mercer AH, MacDuffie KE, Weiss EM, Johnson A, Dager SR, Kleinhans N
      Interpersonal Influences on the Choice to Treat Nausea during Pregnancy with Medication or Cannabis.
      37774747 American journal of perinatology, 2023 Oct 27
    • MacDuffie KE, Stein JL, Doherty D, Jayadev S, Girault JB, Emmons KA, Glass MR, Dempsey JC, Marrus N, Botteron KN, Dager SR, Estes AM, Piven J, Wilfond BS
      Donor perspectives on informed consent and use of biospecimens for brain organoid research.
      37352851 Stem cell reports, 2023 Jul 11 : 18(7)1389-1393 PMCID:PMC10362497
    • Klein E, Montes Daza N, Dasgupta I, MacDuffie K, Schönau A, Flynn G, Song D, Goering S
      Views of stakeholders at risk for dementia about deep brain stimulation for cognition.
      37076043 Brain stimulation, 2023 Apr 17
    • MacDuffie KE
      The Right Tool for the Job: A Taxonomy for Stakeholder Engagement
      American Journal of Bioethics, 2023 : 23(1)33-35
    • MacDuffie KE
      What Brain Organoid Research Can Gain From Engaging Biospecimen Donors.
      35324405 AJOB neuroscience, 2022 April : 13(2)95-97
    • MacDuffie KE, Patneaude A, Bell S, Adiele A, Makhija N, Wilfond B, Opel D
      Addressing racism in the healthcare encounter: The role of clinical ethics consultants.
      35132655 Bioethics, 2022 March : 36(3)313-317
    • MacDuffie KE, Ransom S, Klein E
      Neuroethics Inside and Out: A Comparative Survey of Neural Device Industry Representatives and the General Public on Ethical Issues and Principles in Neurotechnology.
      33787456 AJOB neuroscience, 2022 Jan. : 13(1)44-54
    • Madrigal V, MacDuffie K, Paquette ET
      Addressing Racism in the Healthcare Encounter: The Role of Clinical Ethics Consultants.
      36137202 The Journal of clinical ethics, 2022 : 33(3)202-209
    • MacDuffie KE, Hyun I, Krogen MM, Dempsey JC, Murry CE, Copp AJ, Glass IA, Doherty D
      Rescuing human fetal tissue research in the United States: A call for additional regulatory reform.
      34822773 Stem cell reports, 2021 Dec 14 : 16(12)2839-2843 PMCID:PMC8693650
    • MacDuffie KE, Estes AM, Peay HL, Pruett JR Jr, Wilfond BS
      The Ethics of Predicting Autism Spectrum Disorder in Infancy.
      33482291 Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2021 Aug. : 60(8)942-945 PMCID:PMC8629367
    • MacDuffie KE, Estes AM, Harrington LT, Peay HL, Piven J, Pruett JR Jr, Wolff JJ, Wilfond BS
      Presymptomatic Detection and Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
      33853890 Pediatrics, 2021 May : 147(5) PMCID:PMC8085996
    • MacDuffie KE, Kleinhans NM, Stout K, Wilfond BS
      Protection Versus Progress: The Challenge of Research on Cannabis Use During Pregnancy.
      32737240 Pediatrics, 2020 Aug. : 146(Suppl 1)S93-S98
    • MacDuffie KE, Turner-Brown L, Estes AM, Wilfond BS, Dager SR, Pandey J, Zwaigenbaum L, Botteron KN, Pruett JR, Piven J, Peay HL, IBIS Network.
      "If He Has it, We Know What to Do": Parent Perspectives on Familial Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
      31764985 Journal of pediatric psychology, 2020 Mar 1 : 45(2)121-130 PMCID:PMC7029696
  • Research Funding

    Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    The Experience of Human Subjects with Brain Organoid Research NIH/NIMH 2022 - 2025
    Neuroethics of Predictive MRI Testing: Parental Attitudes Towards Pre-Symptomatic Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder NIH/NIMH 2018 - 2020
    NSF Graduate Research Fellowship National Science Foundation 2012 - 2016
    Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship Fulbright New Zealand 2012 - 2012


Medical/Professional School

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Research Focus Area

Bioethics, Neuroethics