James DuBois is the Hubert Mäder Professor of Health Care Ethics and Director of the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics and the Social Science Research Group at Saint Louis University. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine, where he directs the Center for Clinical Research Ethics within their NIH-funded Institute for Clinical and Translational Science. He is the founding Editor (with Ana Iltis) of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. He completed his PhD in philosophy at the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein and his DSc in psychology at the University of Vienna. He regularly teaches "Interdisciplinary Research Methods in Health Care Ethics," "Directed Empirical Research in Bioethics," and "Psychosocial Foundations of Ethics" within the PhD Program in Health Care Ethics. He has received a Faculty Excellence Award from the Student Government Association at Saint Louis University. In 2010, he received the Society of Research Administrator's International Rose Award for best publication.
His research interests include research ethics in mental health, preventing wrongdoing in healthcare, ethics in organ transplantation, moral development and education, and empirical research on ethical issues.
He has served on numerous national committees on organ transplantation, including: the Institute of Medicine's committee on increasing rates of organ donation; the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation's Forum on Donation after Cardiac Death; the United Network for Organ Sharing's Regional Review Board for Livers; and Mid-America Transplant Services' committee for non-heart-beating organ donation. In the area of research ethics, he serves on a National Institute of Drug Abuse Data Safety Monitoring Board and is a member of the NIH study section on Social and Ethical Issues in Research. He is also a member of the Institutional Review Board and Ethics Committee at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis.
Scholarly Grants & Contracts
"Restoring Professionalism and Integrity in Research (RePAIR)," $500,000 funded by NIH (Administrative Supplement to WU ICTS). September 17, 2007-May 31, 2012.
DuBois is serving as Project Director for this project and PI of the SLU subaward ($476,564). The project involves developing a curriculum for a remediation training program for investigators caught violating the rules for the responsible conduct of research.
"ORI Research Integrity Casebook," $155,579 funded by the Office of Research Integrity . March 1, 2011-September 30, 2012.
The major goal of this project is to produce a casebook that is suitable for use in face-to-face training in the responsible conduct of research."Environmental Factors Predictive of Misbehavior in Collaborative Health Research," National Institutes of Health (1R21RR026313-01). 9/25/2009-8/31/2010. $376,000. Principal Investigator.