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Andrew Peterson PhD

Assistant Professor, George Mason University

Guest Researcher, National Institutes of Health 

Greenwall Faculty Scholar, Greenwall Foundation

Affiliate Member, Rotman Institute of Philosophy

703.993.1329

apeter31@gmu.edu

PROFILE

Andrew Peterson is an Assistant Professor (2016-Present) in the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University, a Guest Researcher (in residence) 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. 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Peterson A, Owen AM. (Forthcoming) Confronting the gray zone after severe brain injury. Emerging Topics in The Life Sciences.

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.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. [With accompanying response from Fins]

 

Peterson A, Aas S, Wasserman D. (2018) What justifies the prioritization of healthcare resources for patients with severe brain injury? (Abstract). AJOB-Neuroscience; 10(1): W1.

 

Peterson A (2018) Should neuroscience inform judgments of decision-making capacity? Neuroethics. 12(2): 133-151.

 

Peterson A, Bayne T. (2018) Global disorders of consciousness. In Gennaro R.J. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Consciousness; Routledge: New York. [15 pages] 

 

Peterson A, Bayne T. (2017) A taxonomy for disorders of consciousness that takes consciousness seriously. AJOB-Neuroscience. 8(3): 153-55.

 

Peterson A, Kirkpatrick J, Boehm-Davis DA. (2017) Developing ethical, legal, and policy analyses relevant to the use of machine learning algorithms in national security. (White paper submitted to the National Academies Decadal Survey on behavioral sciences and national security). [4 pages]

 

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 [9 pages]

 

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): 534-8.

 

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.

 

Peterson A. (2011) The relevance of scientific practice to the problem of coordination. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science; 5(1): 44-57.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Peterson A, Kostick K, Blumenthal-Barby J. Seeing minds in disorders of consciousness patients. (Oral presentation). American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Pittsburgh, USA. October, 2019.

Peterson A. Alive Inside: The search for consciousness following severe brain injury. (Invited oral presentation). Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, Baylor College of Medicine. Houston, USA. September, 2019.

Peterson A. Are they really conscious? Responding to criticism of the mental imagery task. (Invited oral presentation). Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine. Houston, USA. September, 2019.

Largent E, Peterson A, Karlawish J.Supported decision making for peopleat the margins of autonomy. (Invited panel presentation). Charm City Colloquium on Bioethics and Health Law. Baltimore, USA. September, 2019. 

Peterson A, Heilig C. Are the levels of consciousness? An instrumentalist reply. (Poster presentation). Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. London, Canada. June, 2019. 

Peterson A. Erring on the side of consciousness. (Invited symposium presentation; Chair: Fins). Neuroethics Network Meeting, ICM Brain and Spine Institute. Paris, France. June, 2019.

Peterson A, Kostick K, Blumenthal-Barby J. Seeing minds in disorders of consciousness patients. (Invited oral presentation). Trinity College Dublin Disorders of Consciousness Workshop. Dublin, Ireland. April, 2019. 

Peterson A. Alive inside: The ethics of neuroimaging after severe brain injury. (Invited oral presentation). Penn Program in Precision Medicine for the Brain. University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, USA. March, 2019. 

Eckenwiler L, Dade A, DiTeresi C, Peterson A. A novel model for transforming RCR: Responsible connected conduct of research. (Oral presentation). Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Baltimore, USA. March, 2019.

 

DiTeresi C, Eckenwiler L, Peterson A. Practically-oriented frameworks for promoting responsible conduct of research. (Oral presentation). Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Baltimore, USA. March, 2019.      

Peterson A. Should neuroscience inform judgments of decision-making capacity? (Invited oral presentation). NIH 1st Year Bioethics Fellows Seminar. Bethesda, USA. December, 2018. 

​Peterson A, Aas S, Wasserman D. What justifies the prioritization of healthcare resources for patients with severe brain injury? (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. San Diego, USA. November, 2018. AJOB-Neuroscience top abstract award.

Peterson A. A critical analysis of mosaic decision making. (Invited symposium presentation; Chairs: Fins and Naccache). Neuroethics Network Meeting, ICM Brain and Spine Institute. Paris, France. June, 2018.

 

Peterson A. Ethics, machine learning, and disorders of consciousness. (Invited oral presentation). Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Ashburn, USA. March, 2018.

DeFranco J, Peterson A. An analysis of disparities in methods for determining brain death across U.S. medical centers. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2017.

Downes P, Peterson A. Ethical issues in pharmacological research in disorders of consciousness. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington DC, USA. November, 2017. AJOB-Neuroscience top abstract award.

Kluck M, Peterson A. Ethical considerations for fMRI research involving human fetuses in utero. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2017. AJOB-Neuroscience top abstract award.

Kirkpatrick J, Barrett E, Peterson A. Coming Home: Dialogues on the moral, psychological, and spiritual impacts of war. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2017.

Neely C, Peterson A. A bayesian framework for disorders of consciousness research. (Poster presentation). Society for Neuroscience. Washington DC, USA. November, 2017.

Peterson A. Finding consciousness following catastrophic brain injury. (Invited oral presentation). Center for Neural Informatics, Neural Structures, and Neural Plasticity. Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2016

Stephensen M, Peterson A, Weijer C. Are organ donors really dead, or just dead enough? A critique of the dead donor rule. (Oral presentation). Canadian Brioethics Society. Toronto, Canada. May, 2016.

Peterson A. Unlocking their voices: The ethics of neuroimaging consciousness. (Invited oral presentation). Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, George Mason University. Washington D.C., USA. March, 2016

 

Peterson A, Naci L, Goering S, Silvers A, Weijer C. Reading the minds of severely brain injured persons. (Invited symposium). American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division. Sponsored by the Society for Philosophy and Disability. San Francisco, USA. March, 2016.

 

Peterson A, Weijer C, Owen AM. Clinical validation studies and the science of consciousness. (Poster presentation). Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. Paris, France. July, 2015.

 

Peterson A, Cruse D, Fernandez-Espejo D, Bruni T, Weijer C, Owen AM. A framework for comparing neuroimaging techniques used to assess disorders of consciousness. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2014.

 

Weijer C, Bruni T, Gofton T, Norton L, Peterson A, Young GB, Owen AM. Ethical issues in fMRI research in patients with severe brain injuries in the intensive care unit. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., November, 2014.

 

Graham M, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Gonzalez-Lara L, Peterson A, Speechley K, Owen AM. Evaluating subjective well-being in patients diagnosed as vegetative with covert awareness. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2014.

 

Weijer C, Graham M, Peterson A, Naci L, Cruse D, Fernandez-Espejo D, Gonzalez-Lara L, Owen AM. Acknowledging awareness: Informing families of individual research results for patients in the vegetative state. (Oral presentation). Canadian Bioethics Society. Vancouver, Canada. May, 2014.

        

Graham M, Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Cruse D, Lazosky A, Gonzalez-Lara L, Owen AM. Communication with patients diagnosed with disorders of consciousness, and the moral significance of sentience. (Oral presentation). Canadian Bioethics Society. Vancouver, Canada. May, 2014.

        

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Benmordecai D, Cruse D, Fernandez-Espejo D, Gofton T, Gonzalez-Lara L, Lazosky A, Speechley K, Young B, Owen AM. Is is possible to assess decision making capacity in the disorders of consciousness patient? (Oral presentation). Canadian Bioethics Society. Vancouver, Canada. May, 2014.

        

Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Graham M, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Lazosky A, Owen AM. Why discussion of end-of-life decisions through brain computer interfaces starts the ethical debate off on the wrong foot. (Oral presentation). Brain Matters 4. Vancouver, Canada. March, 2014.

 

Graham M , Weijer C,  Peterson A, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Cruse D, Lazosky A, Gonzalez-Lara L, Owen AM. Communication with patients diagnosed with disorders of consciousness, and the moral significance of sentience. (Oral presentation). Brain Matters 4. Vancouver, Canada. March, 2014.

 

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Bor D, Young B, Owen AM. Ethical implications of detecting awareness in the disorders of consciousness patient. (Plenary symposium). Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. San Diego, USA. July, 2013.

Peterson A, Cruse D, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Graham M, Lazosky A, Weijer C, Owen AM. Ethical challenges in deriving the clinical utility of EEG for diagnosis of the vegetative state. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. San Diego, USA. November, 2013.

 

Graham M, Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Cruse D, Lazosky A, Gonzalez-Lara L, Owen AM. Communication with patients diagnosed with disorders of consciousness, and the moral significance of sentience. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. San Diego, USA. November, 2013.

 

Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Graham M, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Lazosky A, Owen AM. Why discussion of end-of-life decisions through brain computer interfaces starts the ethical debate off on the wrong foot. (Oral and poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. San Diego, USA. November, 2013. AJOB-Neuroscience top abstract award

  

Peterson A. Assessing decision-making capacity in disorders of consciousness. (Oral presentation). Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. San Diego, USA. July, 2013.

  

Peterson A, Weijer C, Naci L, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Shriver A, Graham M, Owen AM. Are you in pain? Attending to the sentience of the disorder of consciousness patient. (Poster presentation). The Canadian Association of Neuroscience. Toronto, Canada. May, 2013.

  

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Graham M, Owen AM. Ethical implications of detecting awareness in VS. (Oral presentation). Brain Matters 3. Cleveland, USA. October, 2012. Early Scholar Award

 

Graham M, Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Owen AM. Ethical implications of disclosing research results to patients’ families in disorder of consciousness research. (Oral presentation). Brain Matters 3. Cleveland, USA. October, 2012.

 

Peterson A. Ethical implications of detecting covert awareness in disorders of consciousness. (Oral presentation) The Hastings Centre Visiting Scholar Lecture. New York, USA. June, 2012.