Professional Bio


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

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)

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. & Wangmo, T. (in press, 2014). “The Principle of Equivalence Reconsidered: Assessing the Relevance of the Principle of Equivalence in Prison Medicine”, American Journal of Bioethics.

Jotterand, F., & J. Giordano (in press, 2014). “Real-time Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (rtfMRI)-Brain Computer Interfacing in the Assessment and Treatment of Psychopathy: Potential and Challenges” in J. Clausen et. al. (Eds) Handbook of Neuroethics. Dordrecht: Springer.

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

Jotterand, F., Pascual, J.M. & Sadler, J.Z. (in press, 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 (in press, 2014) “Nanomedicine: Benchtop to Patient Challenges” in X. Chen, & S. Wong (Eds.) Cancer Theranostics. 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.

Engelhardt, Jr., H.T., Smith, A. & Jotterand, F. (2009). “Institutionalization of Bioethics” (update) in Encyclopedia of the Life Sciences (ELS). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Journal Issues

Jotterand, F. (in press, 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, April 1, 2012

“Responsible Conduct of Research in Psychiatry: Translational Ethics, Neurotechnologies, and Psychopathy”, Penn State University, Hershey School of Medicine, Hershey, 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, September 9, 2011, Arlington, Virginia

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

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

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

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

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

UT Southwestern Medical Center, Family Medicine Class Block II (Residents), “Ethics, Professionalism and Forging a Personal Philosophy of Medicine”, September 21, 2009

Methodist Dallas Medical Center, “Has Medicine Lost its Soul? Rethinking Professionalism and Medicine”, May 8, 2009

 University of Pennsylvania, Center for Bioethics, “Enhancing our Brain: Emerging Ethical and Social Challenges in Neuroscience”, February 19, 2009

Presentation in French

XXXIst International Congress on Law and Mental Health, New York University Law School, panel on La neuroéthique et les défis éthiques, légaux, et sociaux soulevés pas les avancées en neuroscience, “Enjeux éthiques de la stimulation du nerf vague pour traiter la dépression résistante aux traitements”, July 3, 2009

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