Dominic Sisti, PhD is director of the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care and assistant professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, where he directs the ethics curriculum in the residency program.
Sisti's research examines the ethics of mental health care services and policies. He also studies the philosophical dimensions of the concept of mental disorder with a focus on personality disorders. Dr. Sisti teaches a graduate seminar on ethics in behavioral health care and, for the past five years, he has organized the ethics track for the American Psychiatric Association's Annual Meeting.
Sisti's writings have appeared in JAMA, Psychiatric Services, Journal of Medical Ethics, and Nature Immunology. He is editor of three books: Health, Disease, and Illness: Concepts in Medicine (with Caplan & McCartney, Georgetown University Press, 2004), The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics at the End of Life (with Caplan & McCartney, Prometheus Books, 2006), and Applied Ethics in Mental Healthcare (with Caplan & Rimon-Greenspan, The MIT Press, 2013).
Sisti was an Edmund D. Pellegrino Fellow at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University. Dr. Sisti's research has been funded by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Leonard Davis Institute, the Squire Family Foundation, and the Dana Foundation.
2015. "Diagnosing, Disclosing, and Documenting Borderline Personality Disorder: A Survey of Psychiatrists' Practices," Journal of Personality Disorders, Ahead of Print.
2015. "Assent as an ethical imperative in the treatment of ADHD." Journal of Medical Ethics, 41 (7), 553-556.
2015. "Expanding Long-term Care Options for Persons With Serious Mental Illness—Reply." JAMA 313(17): 1757-1758.
2015. "Views about Responsibility for Alcohol Addiction and Negative Evaluations of Naltrexone." Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 10:10 doi:10.1186/s13011-015-0004-7.
2015. "Revision and Representation: The Controversial Case of DSM-5." Public Affairs Quarterly, 29(1):76-108.
2015. "Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum." JAMA 313(3):243-244.
2014. "Biomedical Research Ethics: Landmark Cases, Scandals, and Conceptual Shifts" in The Routledge Companion to Bioethics, John Arras, Rebecca Kukla, Elizabeth Fenton, eds. New York: Routledge.
2014. “The Tarasoff Rule: The Implications of Inter-State Variation & Gaps in Professional Training.” The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 42:4:469-477
2014. "Naturalism & The Social Model of Disability: Allied or Antithetical?" Journal of Medical Ethics, [Open Access: doi:10.1136/medethics-2014-102127].
2014. "Proceed With Caution: Off-Label Ketamine Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder," Current Psychiatry Reports, 16:527.
2013. "Defining Mental Illnesses: Can Values and Objectivity Get Along?" BMC Psychiatry, 13:346.
2012. "Immune to Addiction: The Ethical Dimensions of Vaccines Against Substance Abuse." Nature Immunology, 13(6):521-524.
2012. "Clinical Wisdom in Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Philosophical and Qualitative Analysis." The Journal of Clinical Ethics, 23(1):13-27.
2012. "Accommodation without Exculpation: The Ethical and Legal Paradoxes of Borderline Personality Disorder." Journal of Psychiatry & Law, 40: 75-92
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