Virginia Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Virginia A. Brown is an assistant professor at Dell Medical School in the Department of Population Health. She earned her master’s degree in philosophy with a concentration in ethics and public policy and her doctorate in sociology with concentrations in race, class and gender, and medical sociology. Her areas of interest include the structural determinants of health, (conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age) and their influence on health and health care outcomes. Through the theoretical lens of historical materialism, she seeks to disrupt how the social and political structures contribute to the formation and reformation of racial bias in health and health care. By incorporating the principles of human-centered design and health care ethics into CBPR (community-based participatory research), she works to engage social service organizations, foundations, researchers and any collaborates who seek to improve the health outcomes of those most affected in Austin-Travis County, Texas.

As a researcher in population health, she looks to combine her work as a clinical ethicist and medical sociologist to expand not only researchers’ understanding of research ethics, but also to enhance the way the ethical review of research (led at UT Austin by the Internal Review Board) extends protections from the individual to the collective. She also teaches an honors course titled Ethics in Medicine and Society to upper-level honors students in the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin.

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Clinical Ethics Medicine & Life Sciences
Ethics Medicine & Life Sciences
Third-Party Consent Medicine & Life Sciences
Interprofessional Relations Medicine & Life Sciences
Ethicists Medicine & Life Sciences
Presumed Consent Medicine & Life Sciences
Interdisciplinary Communication Medicine & Life Sciences
Tissue and Organ Harvesting Medicine & Life Sciences

Research Output 2009 2012

Training in clinical ethics: Launching the clinical ethics Immersion Course at the Center for Ethics at the Washington Hospital Center

Mokwunye, N. O., Derenzo, E. G., Brown, V. & Lynch, J. J., Jun 1 2012, In : Journal of Clinical Ethics. 23, 2, p. 139-146 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Clinical Ethics
moral philosophy
Ethics Consultation
2 Citations (Scopus)

Hiring a hospital staff clinical ethicist: Creating a formalized behavioral interview model

Mokwunye, N. O., Brown, V., Lynch, J. J. & Derenzo, E. G., Mar 1 2010, In : HEC Forum. 22, 1, p. 51-63 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

hospital staff
moral philosophy

Commentary on DuBois

Mokwunye, N. O., Derenzo, E. G., Brown, V. & Lynch, J. J., Mar 1 2009, In : Journal of Clinical Ethics. 20, 1, p. 34-36 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Third-Party Consent
Interprofessional Relations
Presumed Consent
Interdisciplinary Communication
Tissue and Organ Harvesting