Current Speakers Include:



Donna Chen, PhD


Dr. Chen received her undergraduate degree and M.P.H. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.D from the University of California, San Francisco. After completing her residency in Psychiatry at Colombia University, she studied mental health service needs of underserved communities at the University of Virginia. Dr. Chen then received subspecialty training Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Research Ethics at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Chen returned to the University of Virginia in 2003 as an Assistant Professor with the Department of Health Evaluation Sciences and the Department of Psychiatric Medicine and joined the Center for Biomedical Ethics in 2005. She remains a Special Volunteer with the National Institute of Mental Health.  She has served on several national committees related to clinical and research ethics.

Dena Davis, PhD


Dr. Davis is currently at Lehigh University. She taught at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (Cleveland State University) and Central Michigan University. She received her doctorate in religion from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from University of Virginia. Her specialty is bioethics, and her specific focus is on the ethics of genetic medicine and genetic research. Dr. Davis’ latest book is Genetic Dilemmas: Reproductive Technology, Parental Choices, and Children’s Futures (2nd Edition, University of Oxford Press, 2010). Dr. Davis has been a Fulbright scholar in India, Italy, Israel, Indonesia, and Sweden. Dr. Davis serves on the Central Institutional Review Board of the National Cancer Institute, and is a member of the NIH Embryonic Stem Cell Eligibility Working Group.

 Cheryl Klaiman, PhD

Dr. Klaiman has been working in the field of autism spectrum disorders since 1993, graduating with her Ph.D. from McGill University in 2003. She completed her pre- and post-doctoral internship at the Yale Child Study Center. She was an Associate Research Scientist at Yale for six years prior to moving to California and working at the Children’s Health Council, where she was a staff psychologist and then was the Director of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities multidisciplinary team. In her current position she is responsible for clinical characterization of individuals enrolled in the various research studies, contributing to best estimate diagnoses and training other staff psychologists, post-doctoral fellows and psychology interns as well as research assistants on diagnostic and other assessment tools. Her research interests center around techniques to aid in the differential diagnosis of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, early diagnosis, and treatment strategies.

Elaine Walker, PhD elaine-walker

Dr. Walker received her B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in 1974, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Missouri in 1979. Prior to coming to Emory, she was Associate Professor at Cornell University. Dr. Walker has been at Emory since 1986. She is the Director of the Development and Mental Health Research Program, where she studies the precursors and neurodevelopmental aspects of psychopathology, especially schizophrenia.

 Paul Root Wolpe, PhD


Dr. Paul Root Wolpe is the Candler Professor of Bioethics, Schinazi Distinguished Professor of Jewish Bioethics, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.  Dr. Wolpe serves as the Senior Bioethicist at NASA, is a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society. Co-Editor of the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB) and Editor-in-Chief of AJOB-Neuroscience, Dr. Wolpe’s work focuses on the ethical and social influences of biomedicine, science, and technology. A winner of the 2011 World Technology Network Award in Ethics, he was named a “Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior,” was profiled as a “Brave Thinker of 2011″ by Atlantic Magazine, and was profiled in the Science Times of the New York Times.

 Allan Levey, PhD


Dr. Levey is Director of the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology at Emory University, with secondary faculty appointments in the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Levey received a BS from the University of Michigan and an MD and PhD (Immunology) from the University of Chicago. He then trained in Neurology at Johns Hopkins, molecular biology at the National Institutes of Health, and then joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in the Departments of Neurology & Pathology.  Dr. Levey has been at Emory University since 1991, where he has held a number of positions, including Director of Graduate Studies for the Neuroscience PhD Program, Founding Director of the Emory Center for Neurodegenerative Disease, and Director of the Emory MD/PhD Training Program.


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