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Dominic A. Sisti, Ph.D.

Dominic A. Sisti, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medical Ethics and Health Policy

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University of Pennsylvania
Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
Blockley Hall, Floor 14
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-573-4037
B.S. (Biology)
Villanova University, 1996.
MBE (Bioethics)
University of Pennsylvania, 2000.
Ph.D. (Philosophy)
Michigan State University, 2010.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Ethics consultation

Description of Research Expertise

Ethical & policy issues in mental health care
Ethics in end of life care
Bioethics education

Selected Publications

Anson Koshy and Dominic Sisti: "Assent as an Ethical Imperative in the Treatment of ADHD" Journal of Medical Ethics 41(12): 977-81, December 2015 Notes: doi: 10.1136/medethics-2014-102166 [Published Online First: 25 June 2015]

Rebecca Johnson, Jonathan Lukens, Jonathan Kole, and Dominic Sisti: "Views about Responsibility for Alcohol Addiction and Negative Evaluations of Naltrexone" Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy 10(1): 1-10, March 2015 Notes: doi:10.1186/s13011-015-0004-7.

Dominic Sisti, Andrea Segal, Ezekiel Emanuel: "Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care: Bring Back the Asylum" JAMA 313(3): 243-244, January 2015.

Dominic A. Sisti and Rebecca Johnson: "Revision and Representation: The Controversial Case of DSM-5" Public Affairs Quarterly 29(1): 76-108, January 2015.

Rebecca Johnson, Govind Persad, Dominic Sisti: “The Tarasoff Rule: The Implications of Inter-State Variation & Gaps in Professional Training” Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 42(4): 469-77, December 2014.

Dominic Sisti & Jonathan Moreno: "Biomedical Research Ethics: Landmark Cases, Scandals, and Conceptual Shifts" Routledge Companion to Bioethics. John Arras, Rebecca Kukla, Elizabeth Fenton (eds.). Routledge, December 2014.

Dominic Sisti, Andrea Segal, Michael Thase: “Proceed With Caution: Off-Label Ketamine Treatment for Major Depressive Disorder” Current Psychiatry Reports 16: 527, October 2014 Notes: 10.1007/s11920-014-0527-z.

Dominic A. Sisti: "Naturalism & The Social Model of Disability: Allied or Antithetical?" Journal of Medical Ethics 41(7): 553-556, July 2015 Notes: doi:10.1136/medethics-2014-102127 [Published Online First: 23 October 2014]

Andrew Siegel, Anna Barnwell, Dominic Sisti: "Assessing Decision-Making Capacity: A Primer for the Development of Hospital Practice Guidelines" HEC Forum (Healthcare Ethics Committee Forum) 26(2): 159–168, June 2014 Notes: Online first published January 2014: 10.1007/s10730-014-9234-8

Andrew M. Siegel, Dominic A. Sisti, Arthur L. Caplan: "Pediatric Euthanasia in Belgium: Disturbing Developments" JAMA 311(19): 1963-1964, May 2014 Notes: Published online April 17, 2014. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.4257.

Dominic Sisti, Michael Young, Arthur Caplan: "Defining Mental Illnesses: Can Values and Objectivity Get Along?" BMC Psychiatry 13(1): 346-349, December 2013 Notes: doi:10.1186/1471-244X-13-346

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Last updated: 02/01/2016
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