Maureen C. Kelley

Maureen C. Kelley, PhD

Associate Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Maureen Kelley is a bioethicist, working in maternal, neonatal and child health. She is an assistant professor in the pediatrics department in the bioethics division at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She holds joint appointments to the faculty at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Dr. Kelley also serves on the affiliated faculty at the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights and is a member of the new UW Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents and Children. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy with a specialization in bioethics at Rice University, and completed her clinical bioethics training at Baylor College of Medicine’s program in Medical Ethics and Health Policy. She has held faculty appointments at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Alabama Sparkman Center for Global Health.

As an Affiliate Assistant Member of the Research Institute, Dr. Kelley serves as consulting faculty to the Chao Program for International Research Ethics, a program led by Dr. Susan Miller at Methodist.

Description of Research

Dr. Kelley’s research has two goals: (1) Identifying ethical dilemmas that impact barriers to care for vulnerable pediatric populations (orphans, homeless youth, and wards of the state), and (2) identifying ethical dilemmas that impact access to antenatal-postpartum care for women in developing countries, with special attention to poor pregnancy outcomes, such as prematurity and stillbirth. In addition to her primary areas of research, Dr. Kelley continues to advise various interdisciplinary teams on research ethics and vulnerable populations.

Areas Of Expertise

Bioethics Research ethics Vulnerable populations
Education & Training

PhD, Rice University
MA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Layered vulnerability and researchers’ responsibilities: learning from research involving Kenyan adolescents living with perinatal HIV infection
Kimani, M, Molyneux, S, Charo, A, Zakayo, SM, Sanga, G, Njeru, R, Davies, A, Kelley, M, Abubakar, A & Marsh, V 2024, , BMC Medical Ethics, vol. 25, no. 1, 21, pp. 21.

The challenges and potential solutions of achieving meaningful consent amongst research participants in northern Thailand: a qualitative study
Greer, RC, Kanthawang, N, Roest, J, Perrone, C, Wangrangsimakul, T, Parker, M, Kelley, M & Cheah, PY 2023, , BMC Medical Ethics, vol. 24, no. 1, 111.

Respecting relational agency in the context of vulnerability: What can research ethics learn from the social sciences?
Roest, J, Nkosi, B, Seeley, J, Molyneux, S & Kelley, M 2023, , Bioethics, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 379-388.

Considering Risks to Researchers and Staff in Low-Resource Settings during Public Health Crises: A Proposed Conceptual Model
Perez, KM, Asim, M, Weiss, EM, Valentine, GC, Kavi, A, Somannavar, MS, Iwuh, I, Chiweza, C, Tickell, KD, Singa, BO, Beima-Sofie, K, Batra, M, Walson, JL, Umoren, R, Kelley, M & Saleem, S 2023, , Children, vol. 10, no. 3, 463.

Vulnerability and agency in research participants' daily lives and the research encounter: A qualitative case study of participants taking part in scrub typhus research in northern Thailand
Greer, RC, Kanthawang, N, Roest, J, Wangrangsimakul, T, Parker, M, Kelley, M & Cheah, PY 2023, , PLoS ONE, vol. 18, no. 1, e0280056, pp. e0280056.

Putting research ethics in context: Rethinking vulnerability and agency within a research ethics case study on HIV prevention for young girls in South Africa
Nkosi, B, Seeley, J, Chimbindi, N, Zuma, T, Kelley, M & Shahmanesh, M 2022, , SSM - Qualitative Research in Health, vol. 2, 100081.

Primary motivations for and experiences with paediatric minimally invasive tissue sampling (MITS) participation in Malawi: a qualitative study
Lawrence, S, Namusanya, D, Mohamed, SB, Hamuza, A, Huwa, C, Chasweka, D, Kelley, M, Molyneux, S, Voskuijl, W, Denno, D & Desmond, N 2022, , BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 6, e060061, pp. e060061.

“PrEP Gives the Woman the Control”: Healthcare Worker Perspectives on Using pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) During Pregnancy and Postpartum in Kenya
Mwongeli, N, Wagner, AD, Dettinger, JC, Pintye, J, Brown Trinidad, S, Awuor, M, Kimemia, G, Ngure, K, Heffron, RA, Baeten, JM, Mugo, N, Bukusi, EA, Kinuthia, J, Kelley, MC, John-Stewart, GC & Beima-sofie, KM 2022, , Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, vol. 21, pp. 23259582221111068.

Model for developing context-sensitive responses to vulnerability in research: Managing ethical dilemmas faced by frontline research staff in Kenya
Molyneux, S, Sukhtankar, P, Thitiri, J, Njeru, R, Muraya, K, Sanga, G, Walson, JL, Berkley, J, Kelley, M & Marsh, V 2021, , BMJ Global Health, vol. 6, no. 7, e004937.

Grandparent caregiving in Cambodian skip-generation households: Roles and impact on child nutrition
Schneiders, ML, Phou, M, Tun, V, Kelley, M, Parker, M & Turner, C 2021, , Maternal and Child Nutrition, vol. 17, no. S1, e13169.

Hypothetical acceptability of hospital-based post-mortem pediatric minimally invasive tissue sampling in Malawi: The role of complex social relationships
Lawrence, S, Namusanya, D, Hamuza, A, Huwa, C, Chasweka, D, Kelley, M, Molyneux, S, Voskuijl, W, Denno, DM & Desmond, N 2021, , PLoS ONE, vol. 16, no. 2, e0246369, pp. e0246369.

Vulnerability, Agency, and the Research Encounter: Family Members' Experiences and Perceptions of Participating in an Observational Clinical Study in Kenya
Zakayo, SM, Kimani, MN, Sanga, G, Njeru, R, Charo, A, Berkley, JA, Walson, JL, Kelley, M, Marsh, V & Molyneux, S 2021, , Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 238-254.

Perceived Social Influences on Women's Decisions to use Medications not Studied in Pregnancy. A Qualitative Ethical Analysis of Preexposure Prophylaxis Implementation Research in Kenya
Ngure, K, Trinidad, SB, Beima-Sofie, K, Kinuthia, J, Matemo, D, Kimemia, G, Njoroge, A, Achiro, L, Pintye, J, Mugo, NR, Bukusi, EA, Baeten, JM, Heffron, R, John-Stewart, G & Kelley, MC 2021, , Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 225-237.

Research ethics in context: Understanding the vulnerabilities, agency and resourcefulness of research participants living along the Thai–Myanmar border
Khirikoekkong, N, Jatupornpimol, N, Nosten, S, Asarath, SA, Hanboonkunupakarn, B, McGready, R, Nosten, F, Roest, J, Parker, M, Kelley, M & Cheah, PY 2020, , International health, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 551-559.

Managing ancillary care in resource-constrained settings: Dilemmas faced by frontline HIV prevention researchers in a rural area in South Africa
Nkosi, B, Seeley, J, Chimbindi, N, Zuma, T, Kelley, M & Shahmanesh, M 2020, , International health, vol. 12, no. 6, pp. 543-550.

Vulnerability and agency across treatment-seeking journeys for acutely ill children: How family members navigate complex healthcare before, during and after hospitalisation in a rural Kenyan setting
Zakayo, SM, Njeru, RW, Sanga, G, Kimani, MN, Charo, A, Muraya, K, Sarma, H, Uddin, MF, Berkley, JA, Walson, JL, Kelley, M, Marsh, V & Molyneux, S 2020, , International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 19, no. 1, 136.

An appeal for practical social justice in the COVID-19 global response in low-income and middle-income countries
Kelley, M, Ferrand, RA, Muraya, K, Chigudu, S, Molyneux, S, Pai, M & Barasa, E 2020, , The Lancet Global Health, vol. 8, no. 7, pp. e888-e889.

Why stillbirth deserves a place on the medical school curriculum: Stillbirth-related teaching in UK medical schools
Ravi, K, Gunawardana, S, Ravi, K, Abeywickrema, M, Davies, M, Tough, E & Kelley, M 2020, , BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 127, no. 3, pp. 414.

Optimizing G6PD testing for Plasmodium vivax case management and beyond: Why sex, counseling, and community engagement matter
Chu, CS, Bancone, G, Kelley, M, Advani, N, Domingo, GJ, Cutiongo-de la Paz, EM, van der Merwe, N, Cohen, J & Gerth-Guyette, E 2020, , Wellcome Open Research, vol. 5, 21, pp. 21.

Call to action for equitable access to human milk for vulnerable infants
Oxford-PATH Human Milk Working Group 2019, , The Lancet Global Health, vol. 7, no. 11, pp. e1484-e1486.