Our Team

Schwartz_Photo_2013.jpg Peter Schwartz, Principal Investigator

Peter Schwartz is an Associate Professor of Medicine at IU School of Medicine, a Faculty Investigator at the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, and the Interim Director of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics.  He is also a practicing physician at Eskenazi Health.  Dr. Schwartz received his B.A. from Harvard College and his M.D. and Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospial in Boston, MA. Dr. Schwartz's research focus is on patient decision-making and risk communication in preventive and personalized medicine. He has written widely on ethicl issues in these and other areas.

Michael Burgess, Collaborator and Large Group Facilitator

Michael Burgess is Professor and Chair in Biomedical Ethics at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics and the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia.  Dr. Burgess' primary research focus has combined social research methods with social and ethical theory to understand policy in health care, health research, and biotechnology.  His more recent research has focused on science and technology and public engagement based on theories of deliberation democracy.  Dr. Burgess received his B.A. in philosophy and religion from Spring Arbor College in Michigan.  He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy, with a specialization in medical ethics, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


Kieran O'Doherty, Collaborator and Speaker

Kieran O'Doherty is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph.  His research focuses in social aspects of health, as well as ethical implications of science and technology.  He has a strong interest in using public deliberation as a method for involving the public in research.  Dr. O'Doherty received his undergraduate training in physics and chemistry at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.  He then went on to complete his honors and Ph.D. degrees in psychology at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Dr. O'Doherty has organized and run, and helped organize and run, multiple public deliberations, mostly focusing on the design and governance of biobanks, but also in other areas of science and technology.

Colene Bentley, Collaborator and Large Group Facilitator

Colene Bentley is a Health Services Researcher at the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control.  Dr. Bentley's primary training is in the humanities and social science research.  Colene works to understand the outcomes of public engagement.

Sue_Rawl_v2.jpg Susan Rawl, Co-Investigator

Susan Rawl is a professor in the Science of Nursing Care Department at Indiana University School of Nursing.  Dr. Rawl is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, and a scientist with the Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group. She is actively involved in professinal organizations, and currently serves as President and Chief Medical Officer of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society , Great Lakes Division.  Her area of research focuses on behavioral oncology with particular emphasis on interventions to promote colorectal and breast cancer screenings and risk reduction.  Dr. Rawl received her B.S.N., M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, then went on to complete a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Indiana University.

Susan Perkins, Co-Investigator

Susan Perkins is a Professor of Biostatistics, and is the Director of Biostatistics and Data Management Core of the IU Simon Cancer Center.  She is also the Director of the Biostatistics Core of the IU Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness, and the Director of the Design and Biostatistics Program of the Indiana CTSI.  Her primary research interests are in the area of categorial data analysis, particularly regarding cancer research, health services research, and quality of life research.  Dr. Perkins received her B.S. and M.A. in mathematics at Eastern Michigan University  She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in biostatistics at the University of Michigan.


Thomas Imperiale, Co-Investigator

Thomas Imperiale is a Professor of Medicine at Indiana University and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI)He is also a research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care.  Dr. Imperiale's research interests include colorectal cancer screening, clinical decision making, and technology assessment for digestive diseases.  His clinical focuses are on gastroenterology and hepatology.  Dr. Imperiale received his B.S. at City College of New York and his M.D. at New York University.  He completed his residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Brian Zigmund-Fisher, Collaborator

Brian Zikmund-Fisher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health, as well as a Research Associate Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School.  He also has been acting as the Interim Co-Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan. His research focus is on health information and medical decision-making, and more specifically on how health data can be optimized for use by patients, clinicians, and other health officials.  Dr. Zikmund-Fisher received his baccalaureate degree in economics from Swarthmore College, his master's degree in behavioral decision making and economics and his Ph.D. in behavioral decision theory from Carnegie Melon University.



Karen Schmidt, Project Coordinator

Karen Schmidt is a research coordinator in the IU School of Medicine and the project manager for the event. Ms. Schmidt has over 10 years of experience managing the administrative and operational activities of multiple research projects within the IU School of Medicine and School of Nursing. She has a bachelor's degree and master's degree in nursing, and is a certified clinical research professional (CCRP). 
Sabrina Cordon, Project Team Member

Sabrina Cordon is a Research Assistant in the IU Center for Bioethics.  Ms Cordon is involved with many phases of the projects including data collection and participant recruitment.  Sabrina is currently an undergraduate student in sociology with a minor in women's studies at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Ariane Thomas, Project Team Member

Ariane Thomas is a Research Assistant in the IU Center for Bioethics and involved with the planning and preparation of the public deliberation project. Ms. Thomas is also currently finishing her undergraduate degree at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health majoring in Community Health. Ariane plans to continue her education in public health by pursuing a Master's Degree in Epidemiology.

Amy M. Price, Project Team Member

Amy Price is a Research Assistant in the IU Center for Bioethics involved with the public deliberation project. Ms. Price is currently a graduate student at IUPUI pursuing her Master's in Social Work. She recieved her bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Indiana University.

Kristie Serota, Small Group Facilitator
Joban Dhanoa, Small Group Facilitator
Apurv Chauhan, Small Group Facilitator
Sarah Wiebe, Small Group Facilitator


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