Press Release
September 1, 2015
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Announcing the New Editor-in-Chief of AJOB Empirical Bioethics

Taylor & Francis is pleased to announce that Holly Taylor, PhD, MPH, will assume theholly_taylor editorship of AJOB Empirical Bioethics beginning with Volume 7, 2016.  Dr. Taylor has been a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics since 1999. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she earned her PhD. Theo Schall, MSW, a staff research coordinator at the Berman Institute, will work with Dr. Taylor as Managing Editor of the journal.

Dr. Taylor has training in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and has used these skills to explore a range of issues in applied research ethics and public health research. Her current research portfolio includes projects on Central IRBs, the role of partners in dementia research; the willingness of US local health department staff to respond to an infectious disease emergency; provision of ancillary care in international public health research; and enhancing cost effective analysis with an assessment of social justice in the context of MDR-TB in Africa.

Dr. Taylor also trains and mentors students pursuing empirical doctoral studies in bioethics and health policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School, and teaches in the Berman Institute of Bioethics intensive-course program. She has consulted on policy related to research oversight, informed consent, and research with children for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, the Institute of Medicine, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control. Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Taylor served as a Presidential Management Intern with the Department of Health and Human Services, working on AIDS policy in a variety of settings, followed by two years as Special Assistant to the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.  In 1999, she received a Mentored Scientist Development Award to pursue theoretical and practical aspects of justice in human subject research.

AJOB Empirical Bioethics has put a spotlight on the contributions empirical research makes to the field. I am lucky that the journal has been in such capable hands for the last five years.  Robert ‘Skip’ Nelson and Emily Evans elevated the journal to its current prominence in the field of bioethics,” Taylor says.  “I look forward to working with Theo Schall to shepherd the journal through its next stage of development. I welcome this wonderful opportunity to take on the responsibility of serving as the new editor in chief,” Taylor says.

About AJOB Empirical Bioethics

A member of the AJOB (American Journal of Bioethics) family of journals, AJOB Empirical Bioethics is dedicated to providing a welcoming and rigorous forum for empirically informed scholarship in bioethics. In addition to publishing empirical research conducted using a variety of methods, the Journal seeks to publish conceptual analyses of the role of empirical research in bioethics, discussions of empirical methods and how they “fit” with ethical discourse, and ethical analyses and/or critiques of empirical research and research methodology.

AJOB Empirical Bioethics broadly construes empirical bioethics to include social scientific research applied to bioethical questions, health policy and health services research as it relates to bioethics, and other forms of original research including evidence-based literature reviews and commentary on new developments in empirical bioethics. AJOB Empirical Bioethics welcomes submissions that employ quantitative, qualitative, or mixed empirical methods from the broad range of disciplines relevant to bioethics inquiry.

Outgoing Editor: Dr. Robert M. Nelson, MD, PhD – Food and Drug Administration, USA

Print ISSN: 2329-4515 Online ISSN: 2329-4523

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