Dominic A. Sisti, PhD is assistant professor and director of the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry.
Sisti's current research examines the ethical and philosophical dimensions of the concept of mental disorder, with a particular focus on personality disorders. He has written, taught, and presented papers on issues related to the philosophy and ethics of behavioral healthcare, clinical bioethics and research ethics. He is an 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).
In 2008, Sisti was an Edmund D. Pellegrino Fellow at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University. Dr. Sisti's work has been funded by the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation, the Leonard Davis Institute, the Dana Foundation, the Squire Family Foundation, the Jackson Laboratory, and the Center for Academic Integrity.
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, in press.
2013. "The Ethical Boundaries of Patient and Advocate Influence on the DSM-5."Harvard Review of Psychiatry 21(6): 334-344.
2013. Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care: An Interdisciplinary Reader. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
2013. "Deceiving without Debriefing: A Pragmatic Overreach?" The American Journal of Bioethics, 13(11): 50-52.
2013. "Paradigms of Addiction and Evidence for Addiction Medication." AJOB Neuroscience, 4(3): 46-48.
2013. "What We Owe the Psychopath: A Pragmatic Reply.” AJOB Neuroscience, 4(2): 24-26.
2012. "The Tricky Business of Defining Mental Disorders: The DSM-5, Its Critics, and Its Values" Science Progress.
2012. "Was Kant a Normativist or Naturalist for Mental Illness?" Journal of Ethics in Mental Health. Vol. 7.
2012. "Accommodation without Exculpation? The Ethical and Legal Paradoxes of Borderline Personality Disorder." The Journal of Psychiatry & Law 40(1): 75-92.
2012. "Immune to Addiction: The Ethical Dimensions of Vaccines Against Substance Abuse." Nature Immunology, 13(6):521-524.
2012. "A Plea for Virtue in Ethics." American Psychologist, 67(4): 325.
2012. "Clinical Wisdom in Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: A Philosophical and Qualitative Analysis." The Journal of Clinical Ethics, 23(1):13-27.
2009. "Health & Disease: Conceptual Perspectives & Ethical Implications" in The Penn Guide to Bioethics, V. Ravitsky, A. Fiester, A. Caplan, eds. New York: Springer Publishing.
2007. "How Do High School Students Justify Internet Plagiarism?" Ethics and Behavior 17(3): 215-231.
2006. The Case of Terri Schiavo: Ethics at the End of Life. New York: Prometheus Books.
2005. "Health and Disease" in The Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics. New York: MacMillan.
2004. "Embryo Disposition Practices of U.S. Assisted Reproductive Therapy Programs." Politics and the Life Sciences 22(2):2-6.
2004. Health, Disease, & Illness: Concepts in Medicine. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
2003. "Back to Basics: Research Ethics and Oversight in the Post-Gelsinger Era" in Ethik und Gentherapie: Zum praktischen Diskurs um die Molekulare Medizin (eds. Christoph Rehmann-Sutter & Hansjakob Müller), Stuttgart und Basel: Francke Verlag, 2. Auflage.
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