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Josephine Johnston

Director of Research and Research Scholar, The Hastings Center

Josephine Johnston works on a range of ethical, legal, and policy issues in science and medicine, including issues in reproduction and parenting, psychiatry and neuroscience, and the conduct of biomedical research. She is also developing a bioethics research program for high school students.

Johnston practiced law in New Zealand and Germany and has worked as a bioethics researcher in the U.S. and Canada since 2001.

Her articles have appeared in Hastings Center ReportScience, Cell Stem Cell, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health. Her work has been supported by The March of Dimes Foundation, The Dana Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.


  • M.B.H.L., University of Otago
  • L.L.B., University of Otago
  • B.A., University of Otago


  • Trust and Integrity in Biomedical Research: The Case of Financial Conflicts of Interest (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), co-edited with Thomas H. Murray