Christian Simon, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences
Chris Simon is a bioethicist and medical anthropologist who joined Duke University in September 2017. He teaches and studies methods for improving the responsible conduct of research (RCR) and the protection of human participants in research. Professor Simon has been PI and co-Investigator on many federally- and locally-funded grants devoted to ethics topics. He has written on the ethics of research recruitment and informed consent in cancer trials, researcher identity, community health services research, and genomics research. In all these efforts, Professor Simon tries to situate how research is and ought to be conducted within the context of regulations, policy, and the culture of everyday research. He is interested in how people’s values, constraints, and lived experiences—those of scientists, research participants, and members of the public—color the moral and ethical fiber of research. Professor Simon uses focus groups, surveys, and ethnographic observation to collect empirical data and shed light on RCR issues and challenges. He has been funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute to conduct a national trial comparing interactive multimedia consent to a traditional face-to-face consent process. His work is published in leading medical, social science and bioethics journals. He has directed a university-wide research ethics consultation service and served as the ethics officer for the University of Iowa Institute of Clinical and Translational Science. Professor Simon serves frequently as an NIH grants reviewer, consultant, and collaborator on research ethics studies or study components. He has conducted independent empirical research in the United States, Uganda, and South Africa.