Sheri Alpert, M.P.A., Ph.D.
During her time with the IUCB, Dr. Sheri Alpert was a postdoctoral fellow leading the ethics component of a project to develop an ethics framework to guide the design of systems that allow patients to specify sharing and privacy preferences for their electronic medical information. Before coming to the IUCB, Dr. Alpert held positions as a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics and as a research associate at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) working on issues in neuroethics. Before that, she was the Director of the Undergraduate Program in Science, Technology, and Values at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Alpert worked for the U.S. federal government in various agencies and offices, including the Office of Management and Budget, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service (in the Office of the Privacy Advocate). Her policy expertise in her government work was in information and technology policy, most particularly in personal and informational privacy.
Dr. Alpert's Ph.D. is in public policy, with a focus on science and technology policy, from George Mason University, and her research interests and publications to date have largely focused on medical and genetic privacy. Her current research focuses on ethical and policy issues associated with emerging medical technologies, particularly in the neuroscience realm, and the future convergence of these and other technologies, such as nanotechnology. Dr. Alpert is an Associate Editor for the journal Neuroethics and on the editorial board for Accountability in Research. She has spoken nationally and internationally on issues of medical and genetic privacy, as well as on ethical issues in implantable brain-computer interface devices and the adequacy of medical device regulations.