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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

The role of male partners in women's participation in research during pregnancy: A case study from the partners demonstration project
Ngure, K, Trinidad, SB, Beima-Sofie, K, Baeten, JM, Mugo, NR, Bukusi, EA, Heffron, R, John-Stewart, G & Kelley, MC 2017, Reproductive Health, vol. 14, 160. DOI: 10.1186/s12978-017-0424-0

"I Did Not Want to Give Birth to a Child Who has HIV": Experiences Using PrEP During Pregnancy Among HIV-Uninfected Kenyan Women in HIV-Serodiscordant Couples
Pintye, J, Beima-Sofie, KM, Kimemia, G, Ngure, K, Trinidad, SB, Heffron, RA, Baeten, JM, Odoyo, J, Mugo, N, Bukusi, EA, Kelley, MC & John-Stewart, GC 2017, Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999), vol. 76, no. 3, pp. 259-265. DOI: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001516

Research on medical practices (ROMP): Attitudes of IRB personnel about randomization and informed consent
Porter, KM, Cho, MK, Kraft, SA, Korngiebel, DM, Constantine, M, Lee, SSJ, Kelley, M, James, C, Kuwana, E, Meyer, A, Diekema, D, Capron, AM, Magnus, D & Wilfond, BS 2017, IRB Ethics and Human Research, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 10-16.

Research on medical practices: Why patients consider participating and the investigational misconception
Kraft, SA, Porter, KM, Kornciebel, DM, Ames, CJ, Constantine, M, Kelley, M, Capron, AM, Diekema, D, Lee, SSJ, Cho, MK, Magnus, D & Wilfond, BS 2017, IRB Ethics and Human Research, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 10-16.

A comparison of institutional review board professionals' and patients' views on consent for research on medical practices
Kraft, SA, Cho, MK, Constantine, M, Lee, SSJ, Kelley, M, Korngiebel, D, James, C, Kuwana, E, Meyer, A, Porter, K, Diekema, D, Capron, AM, Alicic, R, Wilfond, BS & Magnus, D 2016, Clinical Trials, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 555-565. DOI: 10.1177/1740774516648907

Ethical challenges in research with orphans and vulnerable children: A qualitative study of researcher experiences
Kelley, MC, Brazg, T, Wilfond, BS, Lengua, LJ, Rivin, BE, Martin-Herz, SP & Diekema, DS 2016, International Health, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 187-196. DOI: 10.1093/inthealth/ihw020

Adrift in the gray zone: IRB perspectives on research in the learning health system
Lee, SSJ, Kelley, M, Cho, MK, Kraft, SA, James, C, Constantine, M, Meyer, AN, Diekema, D, Capron, AM, Wilfond, BS & Magnus, D 2016, AJOB Empirical Bioethics, pp. 1-10. DOI: 10.1080/23294515.2016.1155674

The Role of Patient Perspectives in Clinical Research Ethics and Policy: Response to Open Peer Commentaries on “Patient Perspectives on the Learning Health System”
Kelley, M, James, C, Alessi Kraft, S, Korngiebel, D, Wijangco, I, Joffe, S, Cho, MK, Wilfond, B & Lee, SSJ 2016, American Journal of Bioethics, vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 7-9. DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1125967

Stillbirth should be given greater priority on the global health agenda
Qureshi, ZU, Millum, J, Blencowe, H, Kelley, M, Fottrell, E, Lawn, JE, Costello, A & Colbourn, T 2015, BMJ, vol. 351, h4620. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.h4620

Patient Perspectives on the Learning Health System: The Importance of Trust and Shared Decision Making
Kelley, M, James, C, Alessi Kraft, S, Korngiebel, D, Wijangco, I, Rosenthal, E, Joffe, S, Cho, MK, Wilfond, B & Lee, SSJ 2015, American Journal of Bioethics, vol. 15, no. 9, pp. 4-17. DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1062163

Attitudes Toward Risk and Informed Consent for Research on Medical Practices: A Cross-sectional Survey
Cho, MK, Magnus, D, Constantine, M, Lee, SSOJ, Kelley, M, Alessi, S, Korngiebel, D, James, C, Kuwana, E, Gallagher, TH, Diekema, D, Capron, AM, Joffe, S & Wilfond, BS 2015, Annals of internal medicine, vol. 162, no. 10, pp. 690-696. DOI: 10.7326/M15-0166

Using health provider insights to inform pediatric HIV disclosure: A qualitative study and practice framework from kenya
Beima-Sofie, K, John-Stewart, G, Shah, B, Wamalwa, D, Maleche-Obimbo, E & Kelley, M 2014, AIDS Patient Care and STDs, vol. 28, no. 10, pp. 555-564. DOI: 10.1089/apc.2014.0040

Care taker blogs in caregiver fabricated illness in a child: A window on the caretaker's thinking?
Brown, AN, Gonzalez, GR, Wiester, RT, Kelley, MC & Feldman, KW 2014, Child Abuse and Neglect, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 488-497. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.12.002

Triage in the tower of babel: Interpreter services for children in the prehospital setting
Tate, RC & Kelley, MC 2013, Pediatric Emergency Care, vol. 29, no. 12, pp. 1280-1282. DOI: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000034

Biodefence and the production of knowledge: Rethinking the problem
Buchanan, A & Kelley, MC 2013, Journal of Medical Ethics, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 195-204. DOI: 10.1136/medethics-2011-100387

Values in Translation: How Asking the Right Questions Can Move Translational Science Toward Greater Health Impact
Kelley, M, Edwards, K, Starks, H, Fullerton, SM, James, R, Goering, S, Holland, S, Disis, ML & Burke, W 2012, Clinical and Translational Science, vol. 5, no. 6, pp. 445-451. DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-8062.2012.00441.x

Silent loss and the clinical encounter: Parents' and physicians' experiences of stillbirth-a qualitative analysis
Kelley, MC & Trinidad, SB 2012, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol. 12, 137. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2393-12-137

An 8-year-old foster child with behavioral problems who needs a bone marrow transplant
Kelley, M, Unguru, Y, Myers, GD & Lantos, JD 2012, Pediatrics, vol. 130, no. 5, pp. 936-940. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-3363

The invisible children
Kelley, M 2012, Narrative inquiry in bioethics, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. E4-E6. DOI: 10.1353/nib.2012.0034

An integrated systems biology approach to the study of preterm birth using "-omic" technology - a guideline for research
Gracie, S, Pennell, C, Ekman-Ordeberg, G, Lye, S, McManaman, J, Williams, S, Palmer, L, Kelley, M, Menon, R & Gravett, M 2011, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol. 11, 71. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2393-11-71