Professional Bio


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of Northern Colorado, 2004
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, 1985
  • B.S., Psychology and Rehabilitation Services, University of Northern Colorado, 1978

    Certifications & Expertise

    Professional Memberships

    • Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE)
    • American Society of Bioethics and Humanities
    • Academy of Management
    • Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum (CHEF), Board Member, Conference Chair
    • Colorado Collaborative for Unrepresented Patients, 2013-Present
    • The Public Guardianship Advisory Committee, Appointed, 2013

    Research & Scholarship

    Research Interests

    Ethics and emerging technologies (emphasis on nanotechnology)
    Clinical ethics
    Organizational ethics
    Leadership and management

    Recent Publications

    Carlon, S., Bennett-Woods, D., Berg, B., Claywell, L., LeDuc, K., Marcisz, N., Mulhall, M., Noteboom, T., Snedden, T., Whalen, K., Zenoni, L. (2012). The community of inquiry instrument: Validation and results in online health care disciplines. Computers & Education, 59(2), 215–221.

    Bennett-Woods, D. (2012, in press). Ethics (Concept 38). In J.F. Giddens (Ed.) Concepts for nursing practice [pages 387-397]. ElSevier.

    Bennett-Woods, D. (2011). Nanotechnology and global health. In Maclurcan, D. and Radywyl, N (Eds). Nanotechnology and global sustainability. (pages 157-174). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

    Bennett-Woods, D. (2010). Nanotechnology and Human Enhancement (Chapter 23). (In G. L. Comstock, Ed.). Life Science Ethics (2nd ed.). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

    Recent Presentations

    Jotterand F, Bennett-Woods D, Glover J, McCurdy J. Professional Identity and Ethics Beyond Compliance: IPE as Character Development. American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. Annual Conference. San Diego, CA: Platform. October 17, 2014.

    Bennett-Woods, D.  Breaking Good…How to Make Ethics and Strategic Priority.  Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) Mountain Regional Annual Conference. Denver, CO. Platform. October 25, 2013.

    Bennett-Woods, D. Nanotechnology: Enabling the Future of Health Care. National Nurse Practitioner Symposium. Copper Mountain, CO.  Platform. July 24, 2013.

    Bennett-Woods, D. (September 19, 2012). Nanotechnology: Technological Convergence and the Practice of Medicine.  Annual All Medical Staff Lecture, Denver VA Medical Center and simulcast to all facilities in the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System, Denver, CO.  Platform. Invited.

    Bennett-Woods, D. (May 11, 2012). Ethics and Research: The Challenge of Emerging Technologies.  Collaborative Research Symposium.  Craig Hospital/Swedish Medical Center. Denver, CO. Platform. Invited Keynote.

    Borders and Barriers - The Search for Wisdom in Complex Times, 2012 Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum Conference, Denver, CO. April 27, 2012.

    Nanotechnology: Ethics of the Very Small. Approved CME. Ethics Grand Rounds. Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO. October, 2011.

    Overcoming the Shadows of Leadership. Catholic Social Workers National Association. Annual Conference: Our Call in the 21st Century. Denver, CO. June, 2011.

    In Practice…[Bioethics Series: The Basics – Part 3]. Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum Conference 2011. Denver, CO. May, 2011.

    Emerging Technologies and the Patient/Provider Experience. Invited closing keynote. Iranian American Medical Association 5th Annual Conference. Breckenridge, CO. January, 2011.

    Managers in the Middle: The Myth of Time Management and the Hypereffective Manager. Denver Women's Chamber of Commerce. November, 2010.

    Ethics and Resources at the Margins of Life. Approved CME and CEU. Ethics Grand Rounds. Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO. October, 2010.

    Ethics and the Organization: A Framework for Leadership. Board of Trustees presentation at Summit Medical Center, Frisco, CO. October, 2010.

    Patient Autonomy and Decisional Capacity. Co-presentor with Jason Richter, M.D. Approved CME and CEU presentation. St Anthony Summit Medical Center, Denver, CO. August, 2010.

    Patient Autonomy and Decisional Capacity. Co-presentor with Jason Richter, M.D. Approved CME and CEU presentation. St Anthony Central Hospital, Denver, CO. August, 2010.

    Health Care for the Youngest of the Young, Oldest of the Old and Sickest of the Sick. Opening plenary session (Day 2). Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum 2010. Denver, CO. April 2010.

    Strategies for Organizational Response in Pandemic Planning. Co-presenter Mary Crumbaker, J.D. Breakout session. Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum 2010 Annual Conference. Denver, CO. April 2010.

    Goldilocks and the Three Neuroscientists or Who's Been Sleeping in My Head: Ethics and Neuroscience. Denver Community Bioethics Committee. Denver, CO. March 2010.

    DNR in the OR. Ethics Committee session. Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO. January, 2010.

    Awards & Recognition


    Community Involvement and Service

    Service to Profession

    • External Reviewer, Master of Health Care Ethics, Creighton University, Appointed 2014

    Service to Community

    • Colorado Consortium for Unrepresented Patients. Member. 2014 – present.