Maureen Kelley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Pediatrics & Bioethics
Adjunct Associate Professor 
Department of Bioethics & Humanities 
Department of Philosophy
Department of Global Health's Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents & Children

Investigator, GAPPS, Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity & Stillbirth

Affiliated Faculty, UW Center for Human Rights

Address for correspondence: 

Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics 

Seattle Children’s Research Institute

1900 Ninth Avenue   M/S:  C9S-6

Seattle, WA 98101  USA

Photo Credit: Dr. Lucy Strickland

Photo Credit: Dr. Lucy Strickland

Maureen Kelley is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Bioethics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She holds additional appointments at the Center for Human Rights and the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents and Children. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Rice University and completed her clinical ethics training at Baylor College of Medicine’s program in Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Dr. Kelley’s research focuses on clinical and research ethics with two populations: orphans and homeless children, and pregnant women living in low resource settings. She has helped develop clinical and research ethics training programs in Siberia, Zambia, Kenya, Namibia and Uganda. 


Select Publications:

Kristin Beima-Sofie, Grace John-Stewart, Brandi Shah, Dalton Wamalwa, Elizabeth Maleche-Obimbo, Maureen Kelley. Using Health Provider Insights to Inform Pediatric HIV Disclosure: A Qualitative Study and Practice Framework from Kenya, forthcoming AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 2014.

Brown AN, Gonzalez GR, Wiester RT, Kelley MC, Feldman KW. Care taker blogs in caregiver fabricated illness in a child: A window on the caretaker's thinking? Child Abuse & Neglect. 4 Jan 2014. Available online. In process. 

Tate RC, Kelley MC. Triage in the Tower of Babel: Interpreter Services for Children in the Prehospital Setting. Pediatric Emergency Care 2013;29(12):1280-2.

Walco GA, Kelley MC. “Ethics of Pain Control in Infants and Children” Textbook on Pediatric Pain Management (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Kelley M, Unguru Y, Myers D, Lantos J. An 8-Year-Old Foster Child With Behavioral Problems Who Needs a Bone Marrow Transplant. Pediatrics. 2012 Nov;130(5):936-40. 

Kelley M, Invisible Children. Journal of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. Special issue: "Delivering Health Care in Severely Resource-Constrained Settings,” edited by Paul Farmer and Sadath Sayeed, vol.2, no.2 Fall 2012: E4-E6. 

Kelley M, Edwards KE, Starks H, Fullerton SM, James R, Goering S, Holland S, Disis M, Burke W. Values in Translation: How Asking the Right Questions Can Move Translational Science Toward Greater Health Impact. Clin Trans Sci 2012; 5(6): 445–451.

Kelley M, “Refusals of Treatment in Adolescents and Young Adults” in Douglas Diekema and Mark Mercurio, eds., Pediatric Bioethics (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Kelley M. Should International Adoption be Part of Humanitarian Aid Efforts? Lessons from Haiti. 
Bioethics. Volume 24 Number 7 2010 pp 373–380.

Kelley MCounting stillbirths: women's health and reproductive rights The Lancet, 2011 May 14;377(9778):1636-7. Epub 2011 Apr 13.

Kelley M, Rubens C. “Global Report on Preterm Birth and Stillbirth: Ethical Considerations”, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, (2010) 10(Suppl):S6: pages 1-19.

Rubens CE, Hansen TN, Barros FC, Batra M, Bhutta Z, Gravett MG, Kelley M, Lawn J, Stanton C, Victora C, Gilbert M, Sather M, Fajon A, Rusillo C, Zaentz R. The Global Burden of Preterm Birth and Stillbirth: Setting the Stage for Innovative Solutions to Improve Maternal, Fetal, Newborn, and Child Health. 
Report to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. August, 2009.

Sara Gracie, Craig Pennell, Gunvor Ekman-Orderberg, Stephen Lye, James McManaman, Scott Williams, Lyle Palmer, Maureen Kelley, Ram Menon and Michael Gravett. “An integrated systems biology approach to the study of preterm birth using "-omic" technology - a guideline for research.” BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2011, 11:71.

Kelly Fryer-Edwards, Sara Goering, Suzanne Holland, Maureen Kelley, "Closing the Loop: Transforming Research Practices across the Translational Pathway," Burke, Fryer-Edwards, Goering, Holland, Trinidad (eds.), Making Good on the Promise of Genetic Research (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Allen Buchanan, Maureen Kelley, Biodefense and the Production of Knowledge: Rethinking the ProblemJournal of Medical Ethics, in press, 2012. Published Online First: 22 December 2011 doi:10.1136/medethics-2011-100387

Kelley, M. Denial: Decision-Making Capacity and Teen AnorexiaHastings Center Report, vol. 40, no. 6 (2010), 11-12.

Tabor, H, Kelley M. “Direct-to-Consumer Personal Genome Testing with Children”,
The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 9, Issue 6 & 7 June 2009 , pages 32-34. 

Kelley M, Fryer-Edwards K, Fullerton SM, Gallagher T, Wilfond B. “Sharing Data and Experience: Using the CTSA “Moral Community” to Improve Research Ethics Consultation”,
The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 8 Issue 3, 37, 2008. 

Fletcher F, Ndeble P, and Kelley M. Infant Feeding and HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: What Lies Beneath the Dilemma. Journal of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 2008;29(5):307-30. 

Kelley M and Tilden SJ. Ethical Oversight of Human Subjects Research in Emerging Infections and Biodefense Research.
Houston Journal of Law and Health Policy, vol. 8, no. 1 (Fall 2007). 

Kelley M. “Infectious Disease Research and Dual-Use Risk,” American Medical Association: Virtual Mentor, vol. 8 (April 2006), pp. 230-234. Available at: 

Kelley M. “Casuistry Naturalized”, in Cherry, Iltis, eds.,
Pluralistic Casuistry: Moral Arguments, Economic Realities, and Political Theory (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2007). 

Kelley M and Miller S. “Clinical Ethics,
Lange Q&A: USMLE Step 3, Fifth Edition by Donald A. Briscoe, 2007. 

Kelley M, Miller SM, Solovieva SA. Palliative Care and HIV/TB: The Experience in Siberia. [trans. Russian]
Bulletin of Siberian Medicine, no. 5, 2006: 151-157. 

Kelley M. Limits On Patient Responsibility.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, vol. 30, no. 2 (April 2005), pp. 189-206.

M. Kelley, “Professional Purpose and the Role of Moral Judgment: Teaching Across the Healthcare Professions,” Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, vol. 27, no. 4 (2002): pp. 475-491.