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Josephine Johnston is a New Zealand-trained lawyer with a Masters degree in bioethics and health law from the University of Otago. She joined the staff of the Hastings Center in August of 2003 as a Research Scholar, and has been Director of Research in 2012.
Ms. Johnston’s research focuses on controversial uses of medicine and biomedical technology, particularly in psychiatry and human reproduction. She has written about ethical and legal issues associated with pediatric psychiatry, stem cell research, assisted reproduction, the patenting of biomedical innovations, and the management of financial conflicts of interest in research. She recently completed a March of Dimes Foundation-funded project to investigate the multiple birth rate following fertility treatment, and is developing a Hastings Center-style research program for high school students.
Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston, “Troubled children: Diagnosing, Treating, and Attending to Context,” Hastings Center Report 2011; 41(2) :S1-S31, http://childpsychaitry.thehastingscenter.org.
Thomas H Murray and Josephine Johnston (ed.s), Trust and Integrity in Biomedical Research: The Case of Financial Conflicts of Interest, Baltimore (MD); Johns Hopkins University Press: 2010.
Erik Parens, Josephine Johnston and Gabrielle A. Carlson. “Pediatric Mental Health Care Dysfunction Disorder?” New England Journal of Medicine 2010; 362(20): 1853-1855.
Erik Parens, Josephine Johnston and Gabrielle A. Carlson, response to Pies; Hoffman, Rahtz and Wein; Biederman, Wozniak and Faraone (Correspondence), New England Journal of Medicine 2010; 363 (12):1188-9.
Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston, “Controversies Concerning the Diagnosis and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Children,” Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2010; 4:9-23; www.capmh.com/qc/content/4/1/9.
Josephine Johnston, “Judging Octomom,” Hastings Center Report 2009; 39(3): 23-25. Reprinted in David DeGrazia , Thomas A Mappes and Jeffrey Brand-Ballard (ed.s), Biomedical Ethics, 7th Edition, New York; McGraw-Hill, 2010: 176-8.
Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston, “Facts, Values, and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,” Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2009; 3:1; www.capmh.com/content/3/1/1.
Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston, Facts, Values, and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2009; 3:1.
Erik Parens, Josephine Johnston, and Jacob Moses, Do We Need Synthetic Bioethics, Science 2008; 321(5895): 1449.
Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston, Understanding the Agreements and Controversies surrounding Childhood Psychopharmacology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health 2008; 2:5, reprinted in Focus 2008; 6(3): 322-330.
Josephine Johnston, Tied up in Nots Over Genetic Parentage, Hastings Center Report 2007; 37(4):28-31.
Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston, Does it make sense to speak of neuroethics? EMBO Reports 2007; 8(Special Issue):S61-S64.
Josephine Johnston and Angela Wasunna, Patents, Biomedical Research, and Treatments: Examining Concerns, Canvassing Solutions, Hastings Center Report 2007; 37(1) (Special Report): S1-S36.
Josephine Johnston, Paying Egg Donors: Exploring the Arguments, Hastings Center Report 2006; 36(1):28-31.
Bioethics Briefs: Controversies Surrounding the Pediatric Bipolar Diagnosis & Treatment