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Deborah R. Barnbaum

Professor & Chair, Health Care Ethics Coordinator


  • University of Massachusetts, Ph.D. 1996 Philosophy
  • University of Massachusetts, M.A. 1993 Philosophy
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. 1990 Philosophy and English
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications


  1. Deborah R. Barnbaum, The Ethics of Autism: Among Them But Not of Them, Indiana University Press, 2008.
  2. Deborah R. Barnbaum and Michael Byron, Research Ethics: Text and Readings, Prentice Hall, 2001.


  1. Don Swekoski and Deborah R. Barnbaum, “The Gambler’s Fallacy, The Therapeutic Misconception, and Unrealistic Optimism,” IRB: Ethics & Human Research 35 (2013): 1-6.
  2. Kyle Hunter and Deborah R. Barnbaum, “Pragmatic Aesthetics and the Autistic Artist,” Journal of Aesthetic Education 46 (2012): 48-56.
  3. You Get What Someone Else Will Pay For,” Theoretical and Applied Ethics 1 (2011): 28-31.
  4. "Supererogation and Clinical Research,"Medicine, Healthcare, and Philosophy, 11 (2008): 343-349.
  5. "Making More Sense of 'Minimal Risk'," IRB: Ethics & Human Research 24 (2002): 10-13.
  6. "Teaching Empathy in Medical Ethics: The Use of 'Lottery Assignments'," Teaching Philosophy 24 (2001): 65-77.
Deborah R. Barnbaum
Department of Philosophy
Phone: 330-672-2315