Current and Prior Visiting Scholars

Current Visiting Scholars

Prior Visiting Scholars

Nancy Tuck, PhD(c)

Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany Medical College

A case for moral neuroenhancement of adolescents diagnosed with conduct and anti-social personality disorders

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Abram Brummett

Teaching Assistant, Saint Louis University

Human Enhancement, Neuroethics, Syllabus Development

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Sergio Surugi de Siqueira, PhD

Pontifical Catholic University of Parana, Brazil

Informed consent in emergent countries, mainly in Brazil, and its applications in ethics research

Mentors: Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD; James Giordano, PhD, and Sarah Vittone, RN, DBE

Maria (Sulekova) Kolesarova, PhD

Fulbright Scholar

Ethical Problems Related to the Collection, Storage, and Analysis of Big Data in the field of Biomedicine

Mentor: Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD

Diane O’Leary, PhD

Ethical and Philosophical Parameters for Management of Medically Unexplained Symptoms: Implications for Neurology and Psychiatry

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Mari Nicolini, MD


Concerns regarding physician-assisted death in psyhiatry: A theoretical and empirical comparative study

Mentor: G. Kevin Donovan

Rain Liivoya

Senior Lecturer and Branco Weiss Fellow, University of Melbourne

Bioenhanced Warfighters and Human Suffering: Implications for International Law

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Yasir Sattar, MD

Impact of early biological markers on management of Autism

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Mariel Kalkach Aparicio, MD

Clinical Bioethics Chair Assistant Researcher and Coordinator of Academic and Research Group on Clinical Bioethics and Neuroethics (BINCA) at the Bioethics Faculty Universidad Anahuac Mexico, Campus Norte

Fundamental Neuroethics: Moral Cognition; Clinical Neuroethics: A definition and framework

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

W. Kevin Conley, II, MD, MPH, Lt. Cdr. USN

Research: Determination of risk, benefit, and informed consent in radiation oncology

Mentors: G. Kevin Donovan, MD, MA and Kevin T. FitzGerald, SJ, PhD

Anne Weber

Coburg University

Research Project: Ethical Aspects of implementing health promotion in health care

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Andreas Nagel

Coburg University

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Prosper Leugue Kouta

Coburg University

Research Topic: Neuroethics and Bioethics and International/Global Health Promotion

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Alessandra Gasparetto, PhD(c)

Varese, Italia

“The Neutrality of the Clinical Ethics Consultant. Theoretical Concept and Practical Feasibility”

Mentor: Kevin Donovan, MD, MA

Xavier Symons, PhD(c)

Victoria, Australia

“The role of vulnerability in the medical ethics of Edmund Pellegrino”

Mentors: Kevin Donovan, MD, MA and David Miller, PhD

Father Paulo Ibrain Lopez Soto, OSA

Santiago de Chile

Research Topic: Family Bioethics

Mentor: Kevin Donovan, MD, MA; Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD

John Kennelly

Associate Professor, Sr. Lecturer

University of Auckland, New Zealand

“Rationing Healthcare — a Conceptual Analysis”

Mentor: Kevin Donovan, MD, MA

Jo Gyeong Seon 

Daegu University, South Korea

Mentor: Kevin T. FitzGerald, SJ, PhD

Douglas McAdams, MD

Neurology Resident (PGY-3) Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

“Neuroethics: definitions and applications in clinical neurology”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Jaehong Jeong, MD

Daegu Catholic University, South Korea


Mentor: Kevin T. FitzGerald, SJ, PhD and James Giordano, PhD

Karen Herrera Ferrá, MD

Universidad Anahuac del Norte, Mexico

“Neuroprevention? Defining neuroethical issues in the use of neurotechnology to mitigate recurrent violent crime in youths”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Alessandra Gasparetto, PhD(c)

Varese Italia

“The Neutrality of the Clinical Ethics Consultant.  Theoretical Concept and Practical Feasibility”

Mentor: Kevin Donovan, MD, MA

Eva Katharina Nina Zeldes, PhD(c)

Freie Universitat Berlin

“Between biomedicines – Negotiating Expectations and Cultural Beliefs on Healthcare Among German, Japanese and Indian expatriates in the USA”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Faisal Akram, MD (2016)

King Edward Medical University/Mayo Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan

“Constructing a New Paradigm in Preventive Psychiatry: Role of RDOC, Neuroimaging Data Repositories and Neuroethics”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Christelle Khadra, RN, MSc, PhD(c) (2016)

Faculty of Nursing, University of Montreal, Canada

“Development of a contemporrary neuroethical model for pediatric pain research through the lens of neurophilosophy”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Jonathan S. Miller, PhD, JD (2015)

Senior Program Manager, US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Ft. Detrick, MD

“A Chronic Pain? Assessment of Consent and Privacy Based Concerns Associated with the Precision Medicine Initiative”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Nadine Kabbani, PhD (2015)

Associate Professor of Molecular Neuroscience, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University

“Education and Curricular Design in Neuroethics, Neuropolicy, and Neurolaw”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Assya Pascalev, PhD (2015)

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Howard University

“Futility and advance directives relative to neurological functioning and personal identity”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Yasmeen Alhasawi, MA (2015)

Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

“Changing constructs of potentiality and identity in deaf individuals influenced by progressive developments in hearing-enabling neurotechnology”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Christian Carrozzo, MA (2015)

Senior Editor, Journal of Hospital Ethics, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

“Developments in neuroscience and ontologic values in neuroethics”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Fr. Samuel Velasquez-Serrano, PhD(c) (2014)

Gregoriana, Rome

“Philosophical and phenomenological perspectives of deep brain stimulation”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Koji Tachibana, PhD (2014)

Associate Professor, Kumamoto University, Japan

“Neuroethical issues in use of decision-neurofeedback (Dec-NeF) as an approach to bioenhancement of moral cognition and action”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Lucia Galvagni, PhD (2014)

Trento, Italy

“Ideals, identities and narratives in neuroethical discourses of enhancement”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Jun Yeb Nam, MD (2014)

Daegu University, South Korea

Mentor: Kevin T. FitzGerald, SJ, PhD

David Friedman, JD (2013)

“Bioethics and Privacy Law”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

P. Justin Rossi (2013)

University of Florda College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL

“Technical, economic and policy issues in Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Tourette’s Syndrome – neuroethical concerns and approaches”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD

Danielle DeBacker, MA (2013)

Case Western Reserve University

“Indwelling brain stimulation: clinical, and ethico-legal issues and advancements”

Mentor: James Giordano, PhD