Bioethics, Philosophy of Neuroscience, Consciousness
Andrew Peterson is an Assistant Professor (2016-Present) in the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University, an Affiliate Researcher at Penn Memory Center UPenn (2020-Present), a Guest Researcher at the National Institutes of Health Department of Bioethics (2019-Present), and a Greenwall Faculty Scholar (2018-2021). Previously, he was a Crest Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Washington D.C. (2017) and a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar in the Rotman Institute of Philosophy and The Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario, Canada (2013-2016).
Dr. Peterson’s research centers on bioethics and the philosophy of neuroscience, with specialization in ethical and epistemological issues related to the scientific study of consciousness. This work has been funded by the Vanier CGS program, the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and the Greenwall Foundation.
Buckwalter W, Peterson A. (2020). Public attitudes toward resource allocation in the Covid-19 pandemic. Plos One. Forthcoming.
Peterson A, Aas S, Wasserman D. (2020). What justifies the allocation of health care resources to patients with disorders of consciousness. AJOB-Neuroscience. Forthcoming.
Goldstein CE, Peterson A. (2020) Is it unethical to publish data from Chinese transplant research? Journal of Medical Ethics. Forthcoming.
Peterson A, Karlawish J, Largent E. (2020) Supported decision making for people at the margins of autonomy. American Journal of Bioethics. Forthcoming.
Largent E, Peterson A. (2020) Supported decision making in the U.S. and abroad. Journal of Health Care Law and Policy. Forthcoming.
Peterson A, Largent E, Karlawish J. (2020) Ethics of reallocating ventilators in the COVID-19 pandemic. BMJ. 369: m1828.
Peterson A, Owen AM, Karlawish J. (2020) Translating the discovery of covert consciousness into clinical practice. JAMA Neurology, 77(5):541-542.
Peterson A. (2020) How will families react to evidence of covert consciousness in brain-injured patients? Neuroethics. Published online January 4, 2020. DOI: /10.1007/s12152-019-09428-1.
Peterson A, Kostick K, O'Brien K, Blumenthal-Barby J. (2019) Seeing minds in patients with disorders of consciousness. Brain Injury. Published online December. 27, 2019. DOI: 10.1080/02699052 .2019.1706000
Tung J, Speechley KN, Gofton T, Gonzalez-Lara L, Graham M, Naci L, Peterson A, Owen AM, Weijer C. (2019) Toward the assessment of quality of life in patients with disorders of consciousness. Quality of Life Research. Published online Dec. 14, 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s11136-019-02390-8
Peterson A, Owen AM. (2019) Confronting the grey zone after severe brain injury. Emerging Topics in The Life Sciences; 3(6): 707-711.
Peterson A, Tagliazzuchi E, Weijer C. (2019) The ethics of psychedelic research in disorders of consciousness. Neuroscience of Consciousness. Published online October 9, 2019. DOI: doi.org/10.1093/nc/niz013
Peterson A, Owen AM, Karlawish J. (2019) Alive inside. Bioethics. Published online October 2, 2019. doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12678
Peterson A.(2019) A critical analysis of Joseph Fins’ mosaic decision making. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics; 28(4): 725-736.
Peterson A.(2018) Should neuroscience inform judgments of decision-making capacity? Neuroethics; 12(2): 133-151.
Peterson A, Bayne T. (2018) Post-comatose disorders of consciousness. In Gennaro R.J. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Consciousness; Routledge: New York. [15pages]
Peterson A, Bayne T. (2017) A taxonomy for disorders of consciousness that takes consciousness seriously. AJOB-Neuroscience;8(3): 153-155
Cairncross M,Peterson A, Lazosky A, Gofton T, Weijer C. (2016) Assessing decision-making capacity in patients with communication impairments. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics; 25: 691-699.
Peterson A. (2016) Consilience, clinical validation, and global disorders of consciousness. Neuroscience of Consciousness;1(1). DOI: doi:10.1093/nc/niw011
Weijer C, Bruni T, Gofton T, Young B, Norton L, Peterson A, Owen AM. (2016) Ethical considerations in functional magnetic resonance imaging research in acutely comatose patients. Brain; 139(pt1): 292-299.
Graham M, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Gofton T, Gonzalez-Lara L, Lazosky A, Naci L, Norton L, Peterson A, Speechley K, Young B, Owen AM. (2015) An ethics of welfare for patients diagnosed as vegetative with covert awareness. AJOB-Neuroscience; 6(2): 31-41
Peterson A, Cruse D, Naci L, Weijer C, Owen AM. (2015) Risk, diagnostic Error, and the clinical science of consciousness.Neuroimage:Clinical; 7: 588-597.
Graham M, Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Owen AM. (2015) Acknowledging awareness: informing families of individual research results for patients in vegetative states. Journal of Medical Ethics; 41(7): 534-53
Peterson A, Norton L, Naci L, Owen AM, Weijer C. (2014) Toward a science of brain death. American Journal of Bioethics; 14(8): 29-31.
Peterson A, Thome J, Frewen P, Lanius R. (2014) Resting-state neuroimaging studies: A new way of identifying the differences and similarities among the anxiety disorders?Canadian Journal of Psychiatry; 59(6): 295-300.
Weijer C, Peterson A, Webster F, Graham M, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Gofton T, Gonzalez-Lara L, Lazosky A, Naci L, Owen AM. (2014) Ethics of neuroimaging after serious brain injury. BMC Medical Ethics; 15(41). DOI: 10.1186/1472-6939-15-41. [13 pages]
Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Graham M, Owen AM.(2013) Assessing decision-making capacity in the behaviorally non-responsive patient with residual covert awareness. AJOB-Neuroscience; 4(4): 3-14.
Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Owen AM. (2013) A principled argument, but not a practical one. AJOB-Neuroscience; 4(1): 52-53.
The Science of Consciousness (Graduate)
The Ethics of Neuroimaging After Severe Brain Injury (Graduate)
Minds, Brains, and Machines (Undergraduate)
PhD Philosophy, 2016, University of Western Ontario
MA Philosophy, 2011, San Francisco State University
CNN Opinion. How to decide who gets the Covid-19 vaccine first. 2020
National Post Canada. Alive inside: How do we reach 'vegetative' patients when tests show they're aware of everything? 2019
Vice Magazine. Scientists want to try using shrooms to revive people in vegetative states. 2019
Dana Foundation. Psychedelic treatment for consciousness disorders? 2019
AAAS Eureka Alert. Mason philosophy professor explores the ethics of severe brain injury. 2018
CBC Radio, Ideas From the Trenches. The open mind. 2016
The New Scientist. Portable mind reader gives voice to locked-in people. 2015
San Francisco State University. Philosophy alumnus spotlight. 2014
Western University. Philosophical implications of the new science of consciousness. 2013
Foundation Western. Collaborative spirit benefits graduate student. 2013
Rotman Institute of Philosophy. Philosophy and combat stress. 2012