Scattergood Ethics

Visiting Scholars

The ScattergoodEthics Program regularly hosts thought leaders in behavioral healthcare ethics. 

Nancy Potter, PhD
ScattergoodEthics Visiting Scholar in February 2013

Nancy Nyquist Potter received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and is currently a professor of philosophy at the University of Louisville. Her interests range from ethics (especially virtue ethics), medical and psychiatric ethics, philosophies of peace, to mental illnesses nosologically, diagnostically, and therapeutically. Professor Potter teaches courses on philosophy and mental illness, race, gender, and mental illness, medicine and minorities, and other interdisciplinary courses. She is a core faculty member of the Bioethics and Humanities Master's Degree program, teaching Race, Gender, Culture and Health Care, and Ethical Theory. Her publications include How Can I be Trusted? A Virtue Theory of Trustworthiness (Rowman Littlefield 2002); the edited volume Trauma, Truth, and Reconciliation: Healing Damaged Relationships (Oxford University Press 2006); and the forthcoming Mapping the Edges and the In-between: A Critical Analysis of Borderline Personality Disorder (Oxford University Press 2009). She has also published in Current Opinion in Psychiatry, Journal of Personalities Disorders, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, and Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. Professor Potter is president of the international organization Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry, is on community hospital ethics committees, and has been part of the health care team at Emergency Psychiatric Services.


Louis Charland, PhD
ScattergoodEthics Visiting Scholar in February 2013

Louis Charland came to Western in the Summer of 1998. His previous job was at the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University in Montreal, where he was a member of the Biomedical Ethics Unit and the Clinical Trials Research Group. While at McGill, he taught in the Master's Specialization Program in Bioethics and served on the Research Ethics Board of the Douglas Psychiatric Hospital.  Prior to his appointment to McGill, he taught philosophy and bioethics at the University of Toronto. During that time, he served as a Research Associate at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. in 1993-1994, he worked as bioethicist at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.  In addition to academic and hospital experience, he has also worked as a research and program evaluation consultant for the Government of Ontario's Premier's Council on Health Strategy. The Council was a "think-tank" created to plan for the future of healthcare in Ontario. It was first created and chaired by Premier David Peterson and subsequently chaired by Premier Bob Rae. During his stay with the Premier's Council he authored several reports on the Council's Health Innovation Fund and traveled extensively as an evaluator and research consultant for the Fund. His experience as a consultant also includes work with the Ministry of Community and Social Services, and the Mental Health Branch of the Ministry of Health. 


Judith Warner
ScattergoodEthics Visiting Scholar in September 2012 & April 2013
Ms. Warner is best known for her 2005 New York Times best-seller, Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, and New York Times column, "Domestic Disturbances." She is currently a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and an opinion columnist for Her latest book, We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, received a 2010 Outstanding Media Award for Science and Health Reporting from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a 2011 Changing Lives Award from the Parent/Professional Advocacy League, and a 2012 Friends of Children’s Mental Health Media Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. A former special correspondent for Newsweek in Paris, she hosted "The Judith Warner Show" on XM satellite radio from 2005 to 2007, and wrote the 1993 best-seller Hillary Clinton: The Inside Story, as well as several other books. She speaks frequently on women’s issues and children’s mental health, and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and children.


Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD
ScattergoodEthics Visiting Scholar in February 2012
Dr. Metzl is Frederick B. Rentschler II Chair of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society and is Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Metzl is a psychiatrist who also has a Ph.D. in American Studies.  He is the author of Prozac on the Couch: Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonder Drugs (Duke University Press, 2003), and of The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease (Beacon Press, 2010).

David Brendel, MD, PhD
ScattergoodEthics Visiting Scholar in January 2011
David H. Brendel, M.D., Ph.D. holds a BA in philosophy from Yale College, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He is a clinical psychiatrist practicing in the Boston area. He is also a certified executive coach and philosophical counselor. In recognition of his teaching clinical ethics and professionalism to medical students, he received an excellence in teaching award from the Academy at Harvard Medical School in 2011. He also served as a Visiting Scholar in 2011 in the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare within the University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics. His academic work focuses on the complex relation between psychiatric and philosophical approaches to understanding human behavior. His book, Healing Psychiatry: Bridging the Science/Humanism Divide, was published by the MIT Press in 2006 and released in paperback in 2009. He has also lectured and published extensively on the ethics of using Internet technologies and online social networking in clinical medicine and psychiatry.
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James Giordano, PhD
ScattergoodEthics Visiting Scholar in October 2010
Dr. James Giordano is Director of the Center for Neurotechnology Studies and Vice President for Academic Programs at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, in Arlington VA, USA. He is Senior Research Associate of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; University Affiliate Professor of Molecular Neuroscience at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies of George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA, and 2011-2012 Fulbright Professor of Neuroethics at the Ludwig Maximillians University, Munich, Germany.  The author of over 150 publications in neuroscience, neurophilosophy and neuroethics, his recent books include Maldynia- Multi-disciplinary Perspectives on the Illness of Chronic Pain (CRC/Taylor-Francis); and Scientific and Philosophical Perspectives in Neuroethics (with Bert Gordijn, Cambridge University Press). Prof. Giordano is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine; and Associate Editor of the journal Neuroethics.


R. Tony Hope, PhD
ScattergoodEthics Visiting Scholar in April 2010
Tony Hope is Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Oxford, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford. He has carried out research in basic neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Disease. Since 1990 his research has focused on clinical ethics. He founded, and was first director of, the Ethox Centre. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Hastings Center, New York, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago. He was the first chairman of the Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Strategy Committee and is currently the chairman of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics Working Party on Ethical Issues in Dementia. He has written over 100 academic articles. His books include: the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (editions 1-4); Manage Your Mind; Medical Ethics and Law: the Core Curriculum; Medical Ethics: A Very Short Introduction; and Empirical Ethics in Psychiatry. 


Jennifer Radden, PhD
ScattergoodEthics Visiting Scholar in January 2009
Jennifer Radden, PhD, recently retired, was a faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston from 1975-2010.  Dr. Radden received her doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University. Her many publications include Madness and Reason (Allen & Unwin, 1985), Divided Minds and Successive Selves: Ethical Issues in Disorders of Identity and Personality (MIT, 1996) and On Delusion (Routledge, 2011). She has served on the McClean Hospital Ethics Committee since 1996. 


Robert Klitzman, MD
ScattergoodEthics Visiting Scholar in April 2008
Robert Klitzman, MD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health. He co-founded, and for five years co-directed the Center for Bioethics, and is currently the Director of the Ethics, Policy and Human Rights Core of the HIV Center.  He has extensively studied and published on ethical, social, and psychological issues in medicine and psychiatry, including issues of privacy and disclosure of genetic and other medical information; reproductive technologies; stigma and discrimination related to HIV infection; neuroethics; issues of medical education and doctor-patient communication; and ethical issues that arise in conducting research in other cultures. He was named a gubanatorial appointee to the New York State Stem Cell Commission, and has received numerous awards for his work, including a Burroughs-Wellcome Fellowship (for Future Leaders in Psychiatry from the American Psychiatric Association), an Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellowship, a Picker-Commonwealth Scholar Award, a Visiting Scholar Award at the Russell Sage Foundation, Fellowships at Yaddo, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residence.