Maureen Catherine Kelley, Ph.D.

Rice University, Ph.D. 2001

Current Appointments:

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington.

Scholar, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics & Humanities and Department of Philosophy

Affiliated Faculty: Program on Values in Society and Center for Human Rights

Co-chair of the Ethics & Social Justice Working Group for the Global Alliance for the Prevention of Prematurity and Stillbirth, an initiative of Seattle Children's and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ethics consultant for Seattle Children's Hospital

Previous appointments:
Baylor College of Medicine and University of Alabama-Birmingham (Philosophy and Sparkman Center for Global Health).

Grants & Funding:

Research participation with Wards of the State: Evaluating IRB and Investigator Perspectives.                           

M Kelley, PI    The Greenwall Foundation

The objective is to study the ethical challenges faced by pediatric investigators and IRBs in the review and research process involving orphans, runaways, foster children, and homeless children in the context of clinical and social science research, including international trials.Global Landscape Review on the Prevention of Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth Craig Rubens, PI    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Role: Co-Investigator and Chair of the Ethics and Social Justice Work Group,

The Burden of HIV/AIDS in the Next Generation: Understanding the Experience with Health Care and Research among Orphans and Street Children in Lusaka, Zambia Maureen Kelley, PI; Co-P.I. Alice Hazemba. Private Donation to Children's Hospital Foundation, 5/01/08 – 5/30/10Co-Investigators: Alice Hazemba and Seter Siziya, Department of Community Medicine, University of Zambia School of Medicine
National Institutes of Health (NIH), Fogarty Framework in Global Health: Grant awarded for: 2005-2007 UAB. P.I. John Ehiri, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Role: Consultant, Executive Committee Member.

National Institutes for Health, CIPRA, 2005-2006: Research Ethics Education P.I. Alexander Chernov, MD. Research Ethics training for Tomsk Regional Center for AIDS and Infectious Diseases. Tomsk, Siberia, Russian Federation.

National Institutes of Health (NIH), Southeast Regional Center for Emerging Infections and Biodefense (SERCEB): 2004-2006, PI: Bart Haynes, MD, Duke University, Fred Sparling, MD UNC Chapel Hill. Role: Consultant. Member of the Policy, Ethics, and Law Core (PEL)


Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics
Physicians for Human Rights
International Association of Bioethics
Partners in Health

Research Areas:

Pediatric Bioethics and Global Health

International & Pediatric Research Ethics

Moral Philosophy

Select Publications:

Kelley M, Rubens C, "Global Report on Preterm Birth and Stillbirth: Ethical Considerations", BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Supplement, forthcoming February 2010.

Rubens CE, Hansen TN, Barros FC, Batra M, Bhutta Z, Gravett MG, Kelley M, Lawn J, Stanton C, Victora C, Gilbert M, Sather M, Fajon A, Rusillo C, Zaentz R. The Global Burden of Preterm Birth and Stillbirth: Setting the Stage for Innovative Solutions to Improve Maternal, Fetal, Newborn, and Child Health. Report to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. August, 2009.

H. Tabor, Kelley M, "Direct-to-Consumer Personal Genome Testing with Children", The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 9, Issue 6 & 7 June 2009 , pages 32-34.

Fletcher F, Ndeble P, and Kelley M, Infant Feeding and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: What Lies Beneath the Dilemma. Journal of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 2008;29(5):307-30.

Kelley M, Fryer-Edwards K, Fullerton SM, Gallagher T, Wilfond B, "Sharing Data and Experience: Using the CTSA "Moral Community" to Improve Research Ethics Consultation", The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 8 Issue 3, 37, 2008.

Kelley M and Tilden SJ, Ethical Oversight of Human Subjects Research in Emerging Infections and Biodefense Research. Houston Journal of Law and Health Policy, vol. 8, no. 1 (Fall 2007).

Kelley M, Miller SM, Solovieva SA, Palliative Care and HIV/TB: The Experience in Siberia. [trans. Russian] Bulletin of Siberian Medicine, no. 5, 2006: 151-157.

Kelley M, Limits On Patient Responsibility. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, vol. 30, no. 2 (April 2005), pp. 189-206.   [Reprinted trans. Russian]: Bulletin of Siberian Medicine, no. 5, 2006: 67-78.

Kelley M, Professional Purpose and the Role of Moral Judgment: Teaching Across the Healthcare Professions. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, vol. 27, no. 4 (2002): 475-491.

Patel R, Hazemba A, Kelley M. The Burden of HIV in the Next Generation: A Report on Orphans and Street Children in Lusaka, Zambia, 2008.

Kelley M. "Casuistry Naturalized," in Cherry, Iltis, eds., Pluralistic Casuistry: Moral Arguments, Economic Realities, and Political Theory (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2007).

Kelley M and Miller S. "Clinical Ethics," Lange Q&A: USMLE Step 3, Fifth Edition by Donald A. Briscoe, 2007.

Kelley M, "Infectious Disease Research and Dual-Use Risk," American Medical Association: Virtual Mentor, vol. 8 (April 2006), pp. 230-234. Available at:

Kelley M, "Contractarianism and Bioethics," Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3rd edition (New York: MacMillan Press, 2004).