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  • Ph.D. (with distinction), Rice University, 2006
  • M.A., McGill University, 2000
  • M.A., (Cum Laude), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary,  1999
  • B.Th., Institut Emmaüs, 1994

Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA, is originally from Switzerland and is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Ethics at Regis University and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Switzerland.

His scholarship and research interests focus on issues including moral enhancement, neurotechnologies and human identity, the use of neurotechnologies in psychiatry, medical professionalism, and moral and political philosophy. He has edited three books: The Philosophy of Medicine Reborn: A Pellegrino Reader (with H.T. Engelhardt, 2008), Emerging Conceptual, Ethical, and Policy Issues in Bionanotechnology (2008), and The Development of Bioethics in the United States (with J.R. Garrett and D.C. Ralston, 2013). He is currently working on an edited volume (with Veljko Dubljevic, Cognitive Enhancement: Ethical and Policy Implications in International Perspectives) on cognitive enhancement under contract with Oxford University Press. 

His present scholarly project is a book that focuses on an examination of the ethical, clinical, and policy implications of the use of neurotechnologies for the detection, treatment, and prevention of personality disorders such as psychopathy. He believes that to harvest the potential clinical and social benefits of advances in neuroscience and neurotechnologies, it is imperative to avoid a reductionistic approach that places blind trust in the ability of these modalities to address, in isolation, complex questions related to human behavior.

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Certifications & Expertise

  • Clinical Ethics

Professional Memberships

  • American Philosophical Association (APA), Committee on Philosophy and Medicine
  • American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)
  • European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare (ESPMH)
  • International Neuroethics Society (INS), Nominating Committee

Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Healthcare Organizational Ethics
Medical ethics/bioethics
Medical professionalism
Philosophy of medicine

Recent Publications


Jotterand, F. & Dubljevic, V. (Eds.) (under contract with Oxford University Press). Cognitive Enhancement: Ethical and Policy Implications in International Perspectives.

Garrett, J.R., Jotterand, F. & Ralston D.C. (Eds.) (2013). The Development of Bioethics in the United States (Philosophy & Medicine Book Series). Dordrecht: Springer.


Jotterand, F., & J.Giordano (2015). “Real-time Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rtfMRI)-Brain Computer Interfacing in the Assessment and Treatment of Psychopathy: Potential and Challenges” (pp. 763-781) in J. Clausen et. al. (Eds) Handbook of Neuroethics. Dordrecht: Springer.

Jotterand, F. McCurdy, J., & Elger, B. (2014). "Cognitive Enhancers and Mental Impairment: Emerging Ethical Issues" in Roger N. Rosenberg and Juan M. Pascual (Eds.), Rosenberg’s Molecular and Genetic Basis of Neurological and Psychiatric Disease (Fifth Edition). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, Inc.

Choudhury, D., Jotterand, F., Casenave, G. & Smith-Morris, C. (2014). “Independent Donor Ethical Assessment (IDEA): An Aim towards Standardized Donor Advocacy”, Progress in Transplantation 24(2): 163-168.

Jotterand, F. & Wangmo, T. (2014). “The Principle of Equivalence Reconsidered: Assessing the Relevance of the Principle of Equivalence in Prison Medicine”, American Journal of Bioethics 14(7): 4-12.

Choudhury, D., Jotterand, F., Casenave, G. & Smith-Morris, C. (2014). “Independent Donor Ethical Assessment (IDEA): An Aim towards Standardized Donor Advocacy”, Progress in Transplantation.

Jotterand, F., Pascual, J.M. & Sadler, J.Z. (2014). “The Can’t and Don’t of Psychopathy: Neuroimaging Technologies, Psychopaths and Criminal Responsibility” in James Giordano (Ed.), Neuroethics: Issues at the Intersection of Neuroscience and Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Alexander, A.A., & F. Jotterand (2014) “Nanomedicine: Benchtop to Patient Challenges” in X. Chen, & S. Wong (Eds.) Cancer Theranostics (471-491). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier, Inc.

Jotterand, F. & Giordano, J. (2012). “Deep Brain Stimulation and Changes in Personal Identity: Addressing Ethical Questions, Issues and Approaches” in James Giordano (Ed.) Advances in Neurotechnology: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues. Volume 1: Premises, Potential, and Problems. Boca Raton: CRC/Taylor-Francis.

Jotterand, F. and Alexander A.A. (2011). “Managing the “Known Unknowns”: Theranostic Cancer Nanomedicine and Informed Consent” in Sarah J. Hurst (Ed.), Biomedical Nanotechnology (Methods in Molecular Biology). New York: Humana Press.

Jotterand, F. (2011). “‘Virtue Engineering’ and Moral Agency: Will Post-Humans Still Need the Virtues?” AJOB Neuroscience 2(4): 3-9.

Jotterand, F. & Giordano, J. (2011). “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Deep Brain Stimulation and Personal Identity: Ethical Questions, and Neuroethical Approaches for Medical Practice. International Review of Psychiatry 23(5):476-485.

Jotterand, F. (2010). "Human Dignity and Transhumanism: Do Anthro-technological Devices Have Moral Status?", American Journal of Bioethics 10(7): 45-52.

Jotterand, F. (2010). “Response to Open Peer Commentaries on ‘Human Dignity and Transhumanism: Do Anthro-technological Devices Have Moral Status?’, American Journal of Bioethics 10(7): W6-W8.

Jotterand, F., McClintock, S.M., Alexander, A.A. & Husain, M.M. (2010). “Ethics and Informed Consent of Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) for Patients with Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)”, NeuroEthics 3:13-22.

Jotterand, F. (2010). “At the Roots of Transhumanism: From the Enlightenment to a Post-Human Future”, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35:617-621.

Sadler, J.Z., Jotterand, F., Craddock Lee, S., Inrig, S. (2009). "Can Medicalization Be Good? Situating Medicalization within Bioethics", Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 30:411–425.

Journal Issues

Jotterand, F.  (2014).  “Questioning the Moral Enhancement Project” (Editorial), American Journal of Bioethics.  14(4): 1-3.

Jotterand, F. (2014). Psychopathy, Neurotechnologies, and Neuroethics, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

Jotterand, F. (2010). Bioethics and Transhumanism, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 35(6).

Recent Presentations

ASBH 15th Annual Meeting, “Moral Neutrality and Moral Progress: Are They Compatible?” Atlanta, GA, October 25, 2013.

RCR Institute Lecture Series: Ethics in Research, the Workplace, and Life: Beyond Compliance, “Beyond Compliance: Re-Examining Professional Ethics in the Workplace”, University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, TX, March 6, 2013.

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Center, “Living Kidney Transplantation: Ethical Approaches to Enhance and Evaluate Donations”, Thunder Bay, ON Canada, September 20, 2012.

Encounters in Bioethics 2012-2013, Center for Health Care Ethics, Lakehead University, “Living Kidney Transplantation: Ethical Approaches to Enhance and Evaluate Donations”, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Thunder Bay, ON Canada, September 19, 2012.

Texas Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2012 Annual Meeting, “The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement”, Arlington, TX, July 22, 2012.

Geisinger Medical Center, “Living Kidney Donor Advocacy: A Team Approach”, Danville, PA, May 10, 2012.

Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum, Borders and Barriers: Mapping a Moral Path, “Personal Identity and the Therapeutic Use of Neurotechnologies: An Ethical Inquiry“ (Keynote speaker), Thornton, CO, April 27, 2012.

2012 Bioethics Conference: The Moral Brain – Part II Can Moral Behavior be Improved or Enhanced?, “Enhancing Criminal Brains?”, New York University, NYU Centre for Bioethics, New York, NY, April 1, 2012.

“Responsible Conduct of Research in Psychiatry: Translational Ethics, Neurotechnologies, and Psychopathy”, Penn State University, Hershey School of Medicine, Hershey, PA, March 15, 2012.

Applications of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Symposium, “The Ethics of TMS Research and Clinical Use in Children and Adolescents”, AACAP/CACAP Joint Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, October 19, 2011.

CCNELSI Lecture Series: The Power – and Problems of Prediction: Capabilities and Limitations of Neuro-Psychiatry Science and Technology to Predict and Prevent Violent Behavior, “Staring Evil in the Eyes: Psychopaths, Neurotechnologies, and Social Interventions”, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Arlington, VA, September 9, 2011.

17th International Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, “Brain Interventions: Neuroenhancement Technologies, Psychopathy & Society”, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, May 29, 2011.

Human Enhancement Symposium, “Virtue Engineering and Moral Agency: Will Post-Humans Still Need the Virtues?” The University of Texas at Dallas,  Richardson, TX,April 8, 2011.

The Dallas Institute Festival of Ideas, “The Future of Medicine and Healthcare”, Panelist (with Ruth Faden, Tom Beauchamp, John Sadler, Lynne Kirk, David Markham), Dallas, TX, March 26, 2011.

University of Texas at Dallas, The Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology, Panelist, Consequences of Human Enhancement: A Discussion Forum, Richardson, TX, December 1, 2010.

Friday Didactic in Clinical Psychology, UT Southwestern Medical Center - Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, “Human Enhancement & Neural Moral Engineering”, September 10, 2010.

2010 UTA Summer Seminar in Mind, Cognition, and Neuroethics, The Department of Philosophy and Humanities & The College of Liberal Arts, “Please Engineer My Brain…I Was Born a Criminal! Neuroimaging Technologies, Psychopathy and Neural Moral Engineering”, July 14, 2010.

2010 American Philosophical Association (APA) Pacific Division Meeting (San Francisco), APA Committee on Philosophy and Medicine and the Society for Philosophy and Technology, APA Committee Session: Neuroimaging Techniques and Human Nature, “Please Engineer My Brain…I Was Born a Criminal! Neuroimaging Technologies, Psychopathy and Moral Neuro-Enhancement”, April 3, 2010.

UT Southwestern Effective Teacher Series, “Implications of the Philosophy of Medicine for Medical Education”, March 16, 2010.

University of Texas at Dallas, Nanomedicine: Enterprise and Society, “Emerging Ethical Issues in Nanomedicine”, January 22, 2010.

UT Southwestern Medical Humanities Interest Group, “Doctors or Schmoctors? The Challenge of Human Enhancement Technologies to Medical Practice”, January 15, 2010.

Media – Radio Appearance

Guest (with James Hughes and Wendell Wallach), The Colin McEnroe Show, WNPR Hartford Connecticut Public Radio, Topic: Moral Enhancement, March 19, 2012


“The Ethics of Predictive Neurotechnologies: Toward a Procedural Approach” (with James Giordano), International Neuroethics Society, Oct. 12, 2012, New Orleans, LA.