Players of the ”L’Etoile de Guinee” football team poses with a sign reading ”Stop to the ebola epidemic” prior to a football tournament gathering youth from Guinea near the Koumassi sports center in Abidjan on August 10, 2014. West Africa was counting the cost of measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic on August 10, as unprecedented restrictions caused snarled transport, food shortages and soaring prices. Photo credit: SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images
As the world comes to terms with the recent Ebola outbreak, several ethical questions have arisen, many of which relate to the distributions of Ebola vaccines, and who should be given priority.
Was it ethical for the two American missionaries to receive treatment for Ebola ahead of the local Liberian population?
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged Africa, Bioethics, Celia B. Fisher, Christian, Ebola, Ethics, Liberia, Missionaries, Morality, vaccine trials, Vaccines
FCRH Deans Lenis and Parmach and Fordham students in attendance at the April 28th conference. Photo by Bruce Gilbert.
At a recent interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education, a distinguished panel comprised of university presidents, academics, and the Under Secretary of Education discussed the value of liberal arts education. Each speaker made compelling arguments highlighting the importance and value of liberal arts education, including information about cost, salary, lifetime learning, the residential college campus experience, and even the history of the debate on the worth of liberal arts education.
Posted in Fordham University Conferences and Events, Fordham University Student Voices
Tagged Celia B. Fisher, Center for Ethics Education, Ethics, FCLC Honors Program, Fordham University, James Van Wyck, liberal arts education, moral formation, student concerns, student debt, student perspectives, students
The Fordham HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute is delighted to announce that the following individuals have been selected as the 2014 fellows:
Posted in Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute
Tagged Abby Rudolph, Aranansu Talukdar, Celia B. Fisher, Center for Ethics Education, Drug use, Erin Bonar, Faith Fletcher, Fordham University, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, HIV Prevention, Julia Lechuga, Medical College Kolkata, NIDA, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Substance use, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Texas - El Paso
The panel addresses the value of liberal arts education. Photo by Bruce Gilbert
What is the value of a liberal arts education, and what place does it have in America’s future? An interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education on April 28 addressed these issues, and featured presentations from several leading liberal arts scholars, including Acting Under Secretary of Education, Jamienne Studley.
Posted in Contemporary Ethical Issues, Fordham University Conferences and Events
Tagged Andrew Delbanco, Celia B. Fisher, Center for College Affordability and Accountability, Center for Ethics Education, Colorado College, Columbia University, Eva Badowska, Fordham University, Jamienne Studley, Jill Tiefenthaler, liberal arts education, Liberal education, Rebecca Chopp, Richard Vedder, Swarthmore College, U.S. Department of Education, Value
RETI Cohort 1& 2 Fellows and Faculty
Six Fordham University HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) Fellows recently published articles in a special issue of the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics (JERHRE). The special issue highlights recent innovative research and scholarship on ethical issues critical to the responsible conduct of HIV prevention research.
Posted in Evidence-Based Ethics, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute
Tagged Brenda L. Curtis, Celia B. Fisher, Cynthia R. Pearson, Elizabeth Reed, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, HIV Prevention, JERHRE, Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, Kristen Underhill, Kristin M. Kostick, Lianne Urada, Research Ethics, Special issue
Are you interested in studying ethics, but have questions about future careers in the field? The Center for Ethics Education’s second annual Careers in Ethics panel will give students the opportunity to learn and ask questions about potential careers in the interdisciplinary field of ethics.
“Our exciting panel showcases the amazing achievements of our alumni from the Ethics and Society program, as well as professionals affiliated with the Ethics Center who are engaged in ethics-related careers,” said Adam Fried, Ph.D., assistant director for the Center for Ethics Education, director of the M.A. in Ethics and Society, and interdisciplinary minor in Bioethics, and moderator of the event. “Panelists will discuss their own professional paths and explain how students can pursue careers in ethics in a wide variety of professions, including those in health care, business, law, and compliance.”
Posted in Bioethics, Fordham University Conferences and Events, Fordham University Student Voices
Tagged Adam L. Fried, Beth Israel Medical Center, Bioethics, Careers in Ethics, Celia B. Fisher, Center for Ethics Education, Elizabeth Yuko, Fordham University, Naomi Dreisinger, Patricia Voorhees, Stefanie Juell, University of Colorado Denver
2013 HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute Faculty, Fellows and Staff
Now in its fourth year, the Fordham University HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) is now accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Institute and Mentored Research Program.
This NIDA-funded program, directed by Center for Ethics Education Director Dr. Celia B. Fisher, provides early career investigators in the social, behavioral, medical and public health fields with an opportunity to gain research ethics training.
Dr. Celia B. Fisher, psychologist and ethics expert appeared on the Al Jazeera America program Fault Lines. Photo by Bud Glick.
What are the psychological effects of surveillance? Center for Ethics Education Director Dr. Celia B. Fisher discussed this, as well as the ethical implications of surveillance on Fault Lines, a program on Al Jazeera America.
Collect it All: America’s Surveillance State aired on Friday and Saturday nights, and will be shown internationally on Al Jazeera English on Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. E.S.T.
Posted in Contemporary Ethical Issues
Tagged Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera English, Anxiety, Celia B. Fisher, Ethics, Fault Lines, National Security Agency, NSA, Psychology, Stigma, Surveillance
Many of the ethical challenges faced by researchers conducting community-based studies with persons addicted to street drugs can be understood in terms of the “scientist-citizen dilemma.” This dilemma arises when researcher’s ethical obligation to produce scientifically valid knowledge conflicts with their sense of moral responsibility to help participants living in poverty with little access to treatment.
Frontline research staff engaged in the practical process of moral agency who encounter such dilemmas on a daily basis often experience moral stress when they cannot actualize these dual values via their work. Such stress may lead them to take actions that while assisting research participants in need jeopardize the validity of the study conducted. In a recent article, Dr. Celia B. Fisher and her colleagues examined the consequences of moral stress among drug use community researchers and the organizational climates that can reduce or exacerbate these moral conflicts.
To read the full article, please see:
Fisher, C. B., True, G., Alexander, L., & Fried, A. L. (2013). Moral stress, moral practice, and ethical climate in community-based drug-use research: Views from the front line. AJOB Primary Research, 4(3), 27-38.
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, Evidence-Based Ethics
Tagged Adam L. Fried, Celia B. Fisher, Ethics, Frontline, Mental Health Researchers, Moral Agency, Moral responsibility, Moral Stress, Morality, Research, Researchers, Scientist-Citizen Dilemma, United States
Can a racist grandfather raise a biracial child?
A reader of The Root — a website that bills itself as a source for “Black News, Opinion, Politics and Culture” — wrote in seeking advice on what to do about his father, who, along with his mother, is raising his biracial niece. While he notes that his father is a great father and grandfather, he also tends to make racist comments around his niece, which he believes she is picking up on.
Fordham University Center for Ethics Education Director Dr. Celia B. Fisher was quoted in the article, saying that negative racial stereotypes cause harm through “micro aggressions.” Fisher defines micro aggressions as “the everyday racially insulting and demeaning language and actions that white people may not be aware they are inflicting.” She is concerned that this will lead to feelings of anxiety, low self-esteem and a sense of personal inferiority that will affect the writer’s niece in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
To read the rest of the article, please click here.
To read a piece by CNN on the adoption of African American children by families in the Netherlands, please click here.
Posted in Contemporary Ethical Issues, In the News
Tagged Anxiety, Biracial, Celia B. Fisher, Children, CNN, Fordham University, Grandparents, Racism, Self-esteem, Stereotypes, The Root
Dr. Tania Basta
By: Elizabeth Yuko, Ph.D.
Appalachia is home to more than 20 million people, yet researchers often overlook the area. Dr. Tania Basta is trying to change that.
Basta is a Fordham University HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) Fellow, and is working on a mentored research project on HIV testing in rural Appalachia. She was recently honored with the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) Excellence in Abstract Submission Award for her abstract entitled “Factors influencing HIV testing among individuals living in rural Appalachia.” She will present her research at the APHA’s annual meeting in Boston in November.
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute
Tagged American Public Health Association, Appalachia, Celia B. Fisher, Community-based participatory research, Fordham University, Fordham University HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute, Georgia, HIV, HIV Testing, Ohio, Ohio University, Rural, Tania Basta
For the first time in twenty years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering changes to a portion of federal regulations governing research known as the “Common Rule” (45 CFR 46, 2009; Subpart A). At present, the proposed changes are not sufficiently sensitive to the potential impact on research involving infants, children and adolescents.
Posted in Bioethics, In the News
Tagged Adolescents, Celia B. Fisher, Children's Research, Common Rule, Department of Health and Human Services, Emancipated Minors, Fordham University, Informational Risk, Institutional review board, IRB, Regulation, Research Ethics, Research on Children, Society for Research in Child Development, SRCD, Task force
By Adam L. Fried, Ph.D.
Psychologists and psychiatrists have devoted increased attention to their own self-care in response to high levels of stress in treating individuals with serious mental health conditions. Little attention, however, has been paid to those conducting research with these populations and the unique moral dilemmas encountered by researchers on the front lines. This is especially true for the graduate students, research assistants, and other research staff who are out in the field or in hospitals providing research-related clinical assessments and interventions, as well as other more traditional research tasks, such as participant recruitment and enrollment, with individuals with high levels of anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Posted in Bioethics, Contemporary Ethical Issues
Tagged Adam L. Fried, American Psychological Association, Celia B. Fisher, Clinical Assessments, Clinical Research, Fordham University, Frontline Workers, Health care, Mental health, Mental Health Researchers, Moral Distress, Moral Stress, Professional Resources, Psychiatry, Psychology, Research Ethics
By: Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D.
Imagine you are a forensic psychologist asked during the sentencing phase of a capital punishment case to assess the mental status of a homeless, African American defendant convicted of murder. Your evaluation report states that the defendant has an IQ and adaptive living score bordering on a diagnosis of intellectual disability, but the absence of educational and health records from childhood prevents you from definitively stating he fits the Supreme Court’s definition of “mental retardation” which would preclude the jury from recommending the death penalty. Subsequently the defendant is sentenced for execution.
Would you be surprised to learn that your report may have placed you in violation of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Code of Ethics that prohibits psychological activities that justify or defend violating human rights? Continue reading
The Fordham HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been selected as the 2013 fellows: Dr. Stella Njuguna (Kenya Medical Research Institute of the University of California Berkeley), Dr. Nicole Overstreet (Yale University), Dr. Alexis Roth (University of California San Diego), Dr. Darpun Sachdev (HIV Vaccine Fellow, San Francisco Department of Public Health), Dr. Andrew Spieldenner (Hofstra University), and Dr. Sean Young (University of California Los Angeles). Continue reading