is an Associate Professor as well as Interim Department
Chair and Center Director. He completed his PhD in philosophy at the
International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein and his DSc in
psychology at the University of Vienna. He regularly teaches "Interdisciplinary
Research Methods in Health Care Ethics" and ?Directed Readings in Health
Care Ethics? and lectures in the ethics courses offered in the School of Public
Health and the School of Medicine. He directs the Department's "Certificate in
Empirical Research Methods." In 2003, he received a Faculty Excellence
Award from the Student Government Association at Saint Louis University.
His research interests currently include research ethics in mental health, ethics in organ
transplantation, moral development and education, and empirical research on ethical issues.
He has served on numerous national committees on organ transplantation, including:
the Institute of Medicine?s committee on increasing rates of organ donation; the Canadian
Council for Donation and Transplantation?s Forum on Donation after Cardiac Death; the
United Network for Organ Sharing's Regional Review Board for Livers; and Mid-America
Transplant Services' committee for non-heart-beating organ donation. In the area of research
ethics, he serves on a National Institute of Drug Abuse Data Safety Monitoring Board and on
the Institutional Review Board at St. Anthony's Medical Center, and is a regular scientific
reviewer for NIH programs that address research ethics. He is also a member of the
Ethics Committee at St. Anthony?s Medical Center and St. Alexius Hospital in St. Louis
and a former board member of the Association for Moral Education.