and: Professor of Clinical Psychiatry (in Sociomedical Science), College of Physicians and Surgeons (home dept.)
Director, Masters of Bioethics Program Director, Ethics, Policy and Human Rights Core, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies
Dr. Robert Klitzman has conducted research and written about a variety of ethical issues in medicine and public health to promote public and professional education concerning these issues. He has written five books, drawing on qualitative as well as quantitative methodologies, and also has written for the New York Times and other publications to improve public understanding of ethical and policy issues concerning public health and medicine.
Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar 1999-2000
Individual Residency, Rockefeller Foundation Conference and Study Center, Bellagio, Italy, 2003
Merck Company Foundation Fellow, Yaddo, 2001
Aaron Diamond Foundation Fellow, 1993-6
Selected Editorial Boards
Journal of Homosexuality
Selected New York City Activities:
The Genetic Self: Privacy and Selfhood in the Genetic Age Project URL:http://www.amazon.com/Am-My-Genes-Confronting-Secrets/dp/0199837163/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_4
Dr. Klitzman completed a series of in-depth interviews with individuals who have or are at risk of a variety of genetic diseases, to examine their views of privacy, decisions about genetic testing, participation in research, disclosures to family members and others, etc. Based on this material, Dr. Klitzman is completing a draft of a book and a series of peer-reviewed journal articles. The research has been funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute's Ethical, Legal and Social Implications Program.
Ethics of HIV Vaccine Trials: IRB Members' Views
Dr. Klitzman is conducting a study examining how Institutional Review Board (IRB) members in the United States and the developing world view and approach the complex ethical issues concerning the conduct of HIV vaccine trials. The study explores the role of social, cultural, and other factors that may shape decision-making processes on IRBs.