Barbara Russell

PhD (University of Tennessee)
MBA (University of Calgary)

Professional Interests

clinical ethics/bioethics (ethical aspects of everyday health care); philosophical aspects of psychiatry, psychology addictions, neurology, neuroscience; organizational ethics relating to healthcare institutions and operations


The content and style of my teaching helps hone and increase healthcare workers and students’ ethical knowledge as well as abilities to analyze and apply various concepts and theories to complex, yet “everyday,” practical situations and questions.


Additional Recent Publications

“Sexual Behaviours and Serious Mental Illness” in Journal of Ethics in Mental Health 2012; 7(1): online

“On Purpose: four concerns” in American Journal of Neuroscience 2012; 3(2): 61-3 (co-authored with W. Skinner)

“Reflections on ‘Autistic Integrity’” in Bioethics 2012; 26(3):164-70

“Priority Setting Up Close!” in Journal of Clinical Ethics (co-authored with D. de Vlaming) 2011; 22(1): 61-70.

“Ethics for Mental Illnesses and Addictions” chapter in Bioethics in the 21st Century, published by InTech, editor A. Rudnick, 2011, ISBN 978953307270-8

“How Research Ethics' Protections Can Contribute to Public Policy: the case of community treatment orders” in International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 2011; 34(5): 349-53

“In Addition to Benefits and Harms: the relevance of the political” in Journal of Clinical Ethics 2010; 21(2): 155-8

“Pandemic Influenza, Mental Illnesses, and Addictions” in Journal of Ethics in Mental Health 2010; 5(1) online

“Some Distinctions, ‘Hair Splitting’, and Added Worries” in American Journal of Bioethics 2009; 9(10):35-7

“Addictions, Autonomy, and So Much More: a reply to Caplan” in Addiction (co-authored with D. Buchman) 2009; 104 (6):1053-4

“Patient Autonomy Writ Large” in American Journal of Bioethics 2009; 9(2):32-4

“Pharmacists, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and Ethics,” in Journal of Ethics in Mental Health 2009; 4(1):online

Book review of “Empirical Ethics in Psychiatry” in American Journal of Psychiatry 2009; 166(1):119-20

Book review of “The Book of Ethics: expert guidance for professionals who treat addictions” in Psychiatric Times 2009; 26(6): online