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Associate Professor

Stephanie Morain, PhD, MPH, uses empirical and normative methods to guide the ethical conduct of pragmatic clinical trials, learning health systems, and public health policy.

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Research Interests

research ethics; public health ethics; gender equity; women's health

Experiences & Accomplishments
Harvard University
Columbia University
Lafayette College

Stephanie Morain, PhD, MPH is an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and a core faculty member at the Berman Institute of Bioethics. She conducts both empirical and normative research into issues at the intersection of ethics, law, and health policy. Dr. Morain’s work primarily focuses on ethical issues emerging from embedding clinical research into ongoing clinical care, such as occurs in learning health systems and pragmatic clinical trials. She also conducts research on various issues in public health ethics, as well as issues at the intersection of women's health and gender equity. Prior to joining the faculty at Hopkins, Dr. Morain was an assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine (2016-2021).

A former Hecht-Levi Postdoctoral Fellow at the Berman Institute, Dr. Morain received her BA from Lafayette College with a dual major in Biology and History, Government, & Law, her MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and her PhD from Harvard University’s Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy.

Select Publications

Selected publications from the past 3 years:

  • Morain SR & Largent E. Think Pragmatically: Investigators’ Obligations to Patient-Subjects When Research is Embedded in Care, The American Journal of Bioethics. 2022. DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2022.2063435

  • Morain SR & Largent EA. Public Attitudes toward Consent When Research Is Integrated into Care—Any ‘Ought’ from All the ‘Is’?, Hastings Center Report. 2021; 51(2): 22– 32. DOI: 10.1002/hast.1242

  • Morain SR, Bollinger J, Weinfurt K, Sugarman J. Ethics challenges in sharing data from pragmatic clinical trials. Clinical Trials. 2022;19(6):681-689. doi:10.1177/17407745221110881

  • Morain SR, Kraft SA, Wilfond BS, McGuire A, Dickert NW, Garland A, and Sugarman J. Toward Meeting the Obligation of Respect for Persons in Pragmatic Clinical Trials. Hastings Center Report. 2022; 52 (3):9– 17. DOI: 10.1002/hast.1391.

  • Morain SR, Barlevy D, Joffe S, Largent EA. Physician-Investigator, Research Coordinator, and Patient Perspectives on Dual-Role Consent in Oncology: A Qualitative Study. JAMA Network Open. 2023; 6(7):e2325477