collage of three female scholars

Sadler Scholar Advisors

Jalayne Arias, JD, MA, Virginia Brown, MA, PhD, and Keisha Ray, PhD, are consultants to the Sadler Scholars initiative. They co-lead professional development workshops and provide expert advice on professional development for early-career scholars in bioethics, health policy, medical and health humanities, and related fields. Their role is made possible by the Sadler Fund for Socially Just Health Policy, which aims to cultivate a more diverse set of scholars committed to creating a more equitable world.

Jalayne Arias, JD, MA, is an associate professor of Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. Her research harnesses training in law and ethics to evaluate critical challenges associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) and aging. Professor Arias completed the Cleveland Fellowship in Advanced Bioethics (Cleveland Clinic, 2011-2013) and an Atlantic Fellowship for Equity in Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI) (2016-2018). Her research has been funded through grants from the  National Institutes of Health, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Hellman Foundation, and the Aging Research and Criminal Health Network.

Virginia A. Brown, MA, PhD, is a research scholar in social justice and population health. She joined The Hastings Center in September 2023 from the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School where she served as an assistant professor in the department of population health in the division of Community Engagement and Health Equity and as the associate director of the Liberal Arts Honors program in the College of Liberal Arts. She brings to The Hastings Center expertise on protecting the autonomy of persons living with serious mental illness using psychiatric advance directives, and she continues her research by expanding her inquiry to include attending to the question, “What does bioethics owe justice?” 

Professor Keisha Ray received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Utah. She is currently a tenured Associate Professor and holds the John P. McGovern, MD Professorship of Oslerian Medicine at the McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics at UT Health Houston. Most of Dr. Ray’s work focuses on the effects of racism on Black people’s health, highlighting Black people’s own stories, and the sociopolitical implications of biomedical enhancement. And based on her expertise, Dr. Ray is frequently called upon as a bioethics expert for popular news sources. Dr. Ray is also the author of the book “Black Health: The Social, Political, and Cultural Determinants of Black People’s Health” with Oxford University Press.