• University of Pennsylvania

The Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care aims to elevate the national conversation about the ethics of research, treatment, and delivery of behavioral health care.


The ScattergoodEthics Program is based in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

therapeutic privilege

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Borderline personality disorder, therapeutic privilege, integrated care: is it ethical to withhold a psychiatric diagnosis?
Read the BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics paper



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COVID-19 Vaccination of Minors Without Parental Consent
Read the JAMA Pediatrics paper


  • cannabis
Recreational cannabis, racial justice, and an ethical way forward for Pennsylvania
Read the Penn Live article

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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. 

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