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The Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care is housed in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. The ScattergoodEthics Program aims to elevate the national conversation about the ethics of research, treatment, and delivery of behavioral health care.



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Dominic Sisti, Andrea Segal, Ezekiel Emanuel. 2015. "Improving Long-Term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum," JAMA 313(3):243-244.



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JUNE 11-13 | 7th Journal of Ethics in Mental Health Conference | Cobourg, Ontario


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Amy Lutz & Dominic Sisti:  "Shocking Pseudoscience: Anti-ECT Protesters are Wrong and Dangerous," Psychology Today, May 15, 2015.

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In the News

The Atlantic | "Who Decides Where Autistic Adults Live?" | May 26, 2015 | Read Article

VICE | "The Life, Death, and Possible Resurrection of the Asylum" | April 27, 2015 | Read Article

The Daily Beast | "Beatings, Murder, Rape in California Asylums" | April 16, 2015 | Read Article

The New York Times | "The Modern Asylum" | February 18, 2015 | Read Article

Nature | "Rave drug holds promise for treating depression fast" | January 7, 2015 | Read Article

The New York Times | "Special K, a Hallucinogen, Raises Hopes and Concerns as a Treatment for Depression" | December 9, 2014 | Read Article

Upcoming Events

JUNE 7-9, 2015 | Detroit-Wayne Mental Health Association 1st Annual Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference | Detroit, MI

JUNE 11-13, 2015 | 7th Journal of Ethics in Mental Health Conference | Cobourg, Ontario

Recent Events

May 16-20, 2015 | 4th Annual Scattergood-APA Ethics Track | American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting | Toronto, ON

Bring Back the Asylum? Improving Long Term Psychiatric Care | Ezekiel Emanuel & Lloyd Sederer 

Moderated by Steve Clemmons of the Atlantic Magazine

National Council for Behavioral Health Annual Meeting

May 14, 2015

About Us

The Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care (ScattergoodEthics) is housed within the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.  

ScattergoodEthics is dedicated to education, research, and resource development for the field of psychiatric, mental, and behavioral healthcare ethics. The program engages in scholarly research, trains and educates clinicians and scholars in mental and behavioral healthcare ethics, sponsors programs and public events, and promotes and advocates for greater attention to the ethical dimensions of diagnosis and treatment.  ScattergoodEthics is funded in large part by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. 

Funding & Support

Training: Ethics Track in Psychiatry

In conjuction with the Department of Psychiatry of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, the ScattergoodEthics Program offers directed research and didactics for psychiatry residents and fellows interested in developing their skills in the applied ethics of behavioral health care. 

Trainees work with faculty mentors to design a focused reading list and execute a research project during their third and/or fourth year of residency at Penn.



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