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Michael J. Deem, PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing and
Center for Healthcare Ethics

Libermann Hall 808
Phone: 412.396.1441
deemm@duq.edu

Education:

Pediatric Ethics and Genomics Fellowship, Children’s Mercy Hospital
Ph.D., Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
M.A., Philosophy, Texas A&M University
B.A., Franciscan University of Steubenville
Bio

Dr. Michael Deem joined the Duquesne University faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2017, holding a joint appointment in the School of Nursing and the Center for Healthcare Ethics. His main areas of research are bioethics, philosophy of biology and medicine, and public health ethics.

Dr. Deem completed a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in 2015 and a M.A. in Philosophy from Texas A&M University in 2009. He then served as the 2015-16 Pediatric Ethics and Genomics Fellow at Children's Mercy Hospital, where he worked with the Center for Bioethics and Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine on a NIH-funded study of the clinical use of rapid whole-genome sequencing in the neonatal intensive care unit. Additionally, through the Children's Mercy Division of Clinical Genetics he accrued over 100 observation hours in genetic counseling at Children's Mercy Hospital, Midwest Perinatal Associates, and The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Dr. Deem's additional clinical training includes completion of the Children's Mercy Hospital Pediatric Bioethics Certificate, the MedStar Washington Hospital Clinical Ethics Immersion, and the Center for Conflict Resolution in Healthcare's Conflict Resolution and Clinical-Setting Mediation Training for Healthcare.

At Duquesne, Dr. Deem teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing and healthcare ethics. Prior to his arrival at Duquesne, he was an Assistant Professor at Indiana State University, where he taught bioethics and philosophy courses in the Philosophy program and The Center for Genomic Advocacy. He has also taught philosophy and bioethics courses at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University South Bend, and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.

Dr. Deem is an affiliate faculty member of the M.S. Genetic Counseling Program at Indiana State University and a subject faculty member of the Certificate Program in Pediatric Bioethics at Children's Mercy Hospital. He also participates on the hospital ethics committees at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, UPMC Presbyterian, and UPMC Shadyside.

Research

Research interests:

Healthcare Ethics:

  • Genetic Counseling and Genomic Medicine
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Care
  • Transplantation
  • Disability Advocacy

Philosophy of Biology and Medicine:

  • Conceptual Issues in Genetic Medicine
  • Medical Epistemology
  • Implications of the Biological Sciences for Ethical Theory and Moral Psychology

Public Health Ethics:

  • Newborn Screening
  • Immunizations
Scholarship

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Deem, M.J. (forthcoming). Responding Ethically and Effectively to Parental Refusal of Childhood Immunizations. Nursing.

Deem, M.J. (in press). A Flaw in the Stich-Plantinga Challenge to Evolutionary Reliabilism. Analysis.

Char, D.S., Lázaro-Muñoz, G., Barnes, A., Magnus, D., Deem, M.J., Lantos, J.D. (2017). Genomic Contraindications for Heart Transplantation. Pediatrics 139(4): e20163471.

Deem M.J. (2017). Vulnerability in Genetic Counseling and the Ground of Nondirectiveness. In Straehle, C. (ed.), Vulnerability, Autonomy, and Applied Ethics (pp. 138-156). Routledge.

Dai, H., Deem, M.J., Hao, J. (2017), Geographic Variations in Electronic Cigarette Advertisements on Twitter in the United States. International Journal of Public Health 62(4): 479-487

Deem, M.J. (2016), Dehorning the Darwinian Dilemma for Normative Realism. Biology and Philosophy. 31(5): 727-746.

Deem, M.J., Ramsey G. (2016), Guilt by Association? Philosophical Psychology. 29(4): 570-585.

Deem, M.J. (2016). Whole-genome Sequencing and Disability in the NICU: Exploring Practical and Ethical Challenges. Pediatrics. 137(1): S47-S55.

Deem, M.J. (2016). Microbes and Medical Decisions. American Journal of Bioethics. 16(2): 55-56.

Deem, M.J. (2016). An Accessibility Constraint on Parental Refusal of Critical Newborn Screening. American Journal of Bioethics. 16(1): 24-26.

Newsletters and Popular Media Articles

Lantos, J.D., Deem, M.J. (2017). Genetic Testing in the Evaluation of Transplant Candidates. The LINK, volume 9(3), March 2017.

Deem, M.J., Ramsey, G. (2016). The Evolutionary Puzzle of Guilt: Individual or Group Selection? The Emotion Researcher, ISRE's Sourcebook for Research on Emotion and Affect.

Deem, M.J. (2015). A Disability-conscious Look at Genomic Sequencing in the NICU. The LINK, 7(10), October 2015.

Honors/Awards

Honors

  • Selected Participant, ‘Moral Intuitionism: Epistemological and Ethical Aspects' seminar, Central European University, July 22-31, 2013
  • Selected Participant, ‘Evolution of Morality' workshop, Forum Scientiarum, University of Tübingen, June 12-16, 2012
  • Pass with Distinction, Ph.D. Oral Comprehensive Exam in Political Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, May 2012
  • Pass with Distinction, Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam in the History of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, August 2010
  • Selected Participant, ‘Aspects of Responsibility' Seminar, Central European University, July 5-13, 2010
  • Selected Participant, Templeton Summer Seminar on Evil and Early Modern Philosophy, Skidmore College, June 7-11, 2010
  • Phi Kappa Phi - Texas A&M University (Inducted 2009)

Grants Awarded

  • Indiana State University College of Arts & Science Research Grant ($1,500), 2017
  • ISLA Graduate Student Research Grant ($2,500), 2013
  • Notre Dame GSU Conference Presentation Grants ($550 total), 2012, 2013
  • Notebaert Professional Development Grant, University of Notre Dame ($1,900), 2013
  • Udo Keller Humanum Forum Grant (550 EUR), 2013
  • Downes Memorial Grant, University of Notre Dame ($1,000), 2010