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Stephanie Solomon Cargill, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.

Associate professor of health care ethics; associate professor of public health
Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics


  • M.S.P.H., Saint Louis University, 2020
  • Postdoctoral fellowship in research ethics, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. in philosophy, Emory University
  • B.A. in philosophy, Ohio State University
  • B.A. Judaic studies, Ohio State University

Research Interests

Institutional Review Board policy; research ethics with vulnerable populations; collaborative health research methodologies; public health research ethics (biobanking, CBPR ethics, genetics research, etc.); public communication about research and research ethics.

Professional Experience

Administrative Appointments

  • Chair of Castle IRB, a central IRB specializing in gene and cell therapy, and rare disease research (2019-present)
  • Foreign Influence on Research Committee (2019-present)
  • Applied Health Research Council (2019)
  • Editorial Board member of Ethics & Human Research journal (2018-present)
  • Faculty Senate Governance Committee (2016-2019)
  • Surgical Innovation Policy Committee (2018)
  • Qualitative Research Committee (2016-present)
  • Health, Information, Communication, and Technology Collaboration (2016-present)
  • Director of Empirical Concentration in PhD Program (2015-present)
  • Creator and Coordinator of SLU’s Responsible Conduct of
  • Research program and IRB education (2010-present)
  • Deputy Chair Institutional Review Board (2013-2019)
  • Institutional Review Board Member (2010-2013)

Publications and Media Placements

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Solomon Cargill & J. Dubois (2020) Lessons for RCR Education from Behavioral Science
  • Solomon Cargill (2020) Applying the Ecological Model to RCR Education (plan to submit spring 2020)
  • Eidsvik, Andrea & Solomon Cargill (2020) Ethical issues in Somatic gene therapy ethics (plan to submit spring 2020)
  • Dempsey, Kirsten & Solomon Cargill (2020) Retaining Space for Hope in Conversations about Medical Futility Cambridge Quarterly Healthcare Ethics 
  • Espinoza, Marissa & Stephanie Solomon Cargill (2020) The ethics of research with the “otherwise healthy”: patient perspectives and risk/benefit analysis in research.  Journal of medical ethics. (plan to submit spring semester)
  • Solomon Cargill, S (2019) RCR Instruction as Behavioral Change Intervention:  What can we learn from public health? Accountability in Research (plan to submit by end of fall semester)
  • Solomon Cargill, S. (2019) Accrediting ethics in schools and programs of public health: a problematic gap in current CEPH criteria. Public Health Reports
  • Solomon Cargill, S. (2018) How do we really communicate? Challenging the assumptions behind informed consent interventions.  IRB: Ethics & Human Research 41.4: 23-30.
  • Solomon Cargill, S. (2018) Moving from the “why” to the “how”: Two approaches to giving research participants voice.  IRB: Ethics & Human Research 40(2):8-11.
  • Solomon Cargill, S.  (2018) What Can IRBs learn from CABs?  A Qualitative Analysis of the Experiences of Recruitment and Training of Nonscientist members on Research Review Boards.  Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics 13(1): 88-94.
  • Goold, SD, Myers CD, Szymecko L, Cunningham C, Martinez S, Campbell T, Rowe Z, Danis M, Solomon Cargill S, Kim HM. Priorities for Patient Centered Outcomes Research: The Views of Minority and Underserved Communities. 2017. 
  • Solomon Cargill, S, Baker, L., Goold, SD.  (July 2017) Show me the money!  An analysis of underserved stakeholders’ funding priorities in PCOR research domains. Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research. 6(5): 449-459.
  • Solomon Cargill, S et al. (May-June 2016). "Community-engaged research ethics review: Exploring flexibility in federal regulations." IRB: Ethics and Human Research 8(3): 11-19.
  • Solomon Cargill, S. (Feb. 2016). "Biobanking and the abandonment of informed consent: An ethical imperative." Public Health Ethics 1-9.
  • Solomon, S. (2016). "Too any rationales, not enough reason: A call to examine the goals of including lay members on Institutional Review Boards." Accountability in Research, 23(1): 4-22.
  • Solomon, S. & Mongoven, A.(co-authors).(2015). "Extending the surrogacy analogy: What clinical advance directives teach biobanks." Public Health Genomics, 18(1): 1-10.
  • Hartz, S., Cavazos-Rehg, P., Culverhouse, R., Dineen, K., DuBois, J., Kaphingst, K., Kauffman, D., Olfson, E., Plunk, A., Ranmarine, S., Saccone, N., Solomon, S., Bierut, L. (2015). "Return of genetic results in a high-risk sample: Enthusiasm and positive behavioral change." Genetics in Medicine, 17(5): 374-379.
  • Solomon, S. et al.(2014). "Piloting a nationally disseminated, interactive human subjects protection program for community partners: Unexpected lessons learned from the field." Clinical and Translational Science, 7(2): 172-6.
  • Solomon, S. et al. (2014). "Piloting a nationally disseminated, interactive human subjects protection program for community partners: Design, content, and evaluation." Clinical and Translational Science, 7(2): 177-183.
  • Solomon, S. (2013). "Protecting and respecting the vulnerable: Existing regulations or further protections?" Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 34(1): 17-28.
  • Anderson, E. ,Solomon S., et al.(2012). "Research ethics education for community engaged research: A Review and Research Agenda." Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 7(2): 3-19.
  • Solomon, S., & Abelson, J.(2012). "Why and when should we use public deliberation?" Hastings Center Report, 42(2): 17-20.
  • Mongoven, A. & Solomon, S. (co-authors).(2012). "Biobanking: Shifting the analogy from consent to surrogacy." Genetics in Medicine, 14(2): 183-188.
  • Solomon, S. and Piechowski, P.(2011). "Developing community partner training: Regulations and relationships." Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 6(2): 23-30.
  • Solomon, S.(2010). "Kuhn’s alternative path: Science and the social resistance to criticism." Perspectives on Science, 18(3): 352-368.

Book chapters

  • Solomon Cargill, S. (2022) Stakeholder engagement and (the limits of) IRB review. Ethical Issues in Stakeholder-Engaged Health Research
  • Solomon, S.(2015). Ch.24: Ethical Issues. In S. Kulkarni, S. & Pfeifer, J.(Eds.), Clinical Genomics: A Guide to Clinical Next Generation Sequencing (404-434). London, UK: Elsevier, Inc. Academic Press.
  • Solomon, S.(2014). Using debate to foster deeper understanding of controversial policy topics. In Dubois, J (Ed.), ORI Casebook: Stories about Researchers Worth Discussing, Instructor’s Manual. Rockville, MD: Office of Research Integrity.
  • Solomon, S.(2009). Stakeholders or experts? On the ambiguous implications of public participation in science. In Van Bouwel, J (Ed.), The Social Sciences and Democracy: How philosophy of science informs us about their relation (39-62). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Other publications

  • Solomon Cargill, S (2021) Agency and Exploitation: Exploring the Hidden World of Healthy Phase I Research Participants: Review of Jill A. Fisher, Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals.
  • Solomon Cargill, S (2019) Rejecting ‘understanding’: An Ethical proposal whose time has come.  American Journal of Bioethics, 19(5):41-42.
  • Ethical Protections in Community Engaged Research (2015). Community Partner Training Program.  
  • Anderson, E. & Solomon, S.(2013). Community Engagement: Critical to continued public trust in research. American Journal of Bioethics, 13(12): 44-46.
  • S. Solomon. (2013). Public health emergencies: Research’s friend or foe? American Journal of Bioethics, 13(9): 21-23.
  • S. Goold & S. Solomon (co-authors).(2008). Where can we find justice? American Journal of Bioethics, 8(10): 11-13.

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH)
  • Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
  • CTSA Clinical Research Ethics Group
  • Community Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)