Description of Bioethics ExpertiseClaire Pouncey, MD, PhD, is a psychiatrist and philosopher who works on conceptual and practical problems related to mental health. She completed her medical and graduate training at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also did her psychiatric residency training. She has worked on ethical issues for the U.S. Congress and the World Psychiatric Association. She is a member of the executive committee for the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy in Psychiatry. She has been active in psychiatric residency training in the Einstein and Temple health care systems, where she has worked to integrate ethics and medical humanities into the standing curricula.
Currently, Dr. Pouncey is working in private practice in Bala Cynwyd. Her current research interests include scientific classification, including psychiatric nosology; the role of values in shaping scientific knowledge; psychiatric ethics, including how mental illness affects decision making capacity and sense of self; the role of hospital ethics committees in behavioral health; and pedagogical strategies for teaching medical and psychiatric ethics. She is writing a book on conceptual issues in classification across medical disciplines. She has recently become a fellow at the Philadelphia College of Physicians, where she is active in the section on Medicine, Ethics, and the Law.
Mental health ethics and philosophy of psychiatry