Debra JH Mathews

President (2023-2025)
Board Member (2015-2026)

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Debra JH Mathews, PhD, MA, is the Associate Director for Research and Programs for the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and a Professor in the Department of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She also runs the Genomics and Society Mentorship Program and serves as the Chair of the Berman Institute’s Inclusion, Diversity, Anti-Racism, and Equity (IDARE) Committee. For the university’s Institute for Assured Autonomy, Dr. Mathews serves as the Ethics & Governance Lead.

Dr. Mathews's academic work focuses on ethics and policy issues raised by emerging technologies, with particular focus on genetics, stem cell science, neuroscience, synthetic biology, and artificial intelligence. She has been an active member of the International Neuroethics Society since 2006, has been on the Society’s Board of Directors since 2015, and is currently serving as President of the Society. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Mathews has spent time at the Genetics and Public Policy Center, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, and the National Academy of Medicine working in various capacities on science policy.

Dr. Mathews earned her PhD in genetics from Case Western Reserve University, as well as a concurrent Master's in bioethics. She completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in genetics at Johns Hopkins, and the Greenwall Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University.


Debra JH Mathews is appointed president of the INS

November 1, 2023

Debra Mathews Appointed President-Elect of the International Neuroethics Society

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics – November 4, 2022