Black History Month: Recognizing Remarkable Scholars in Research Ethics

During Black History Month, PRIM&R recognizes the significance of inclusion in research.  Representation throughout the enterprise is vital to advancing justice and equity while improving health outcomes for the Black community. We are honoring this month by highlighting just a few of the many Black scholars who have made valuable contributions to research ethics. 

                                                                                         Anita L. Allen  
Anita L. Allen, PhD, is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Internationally recognized for her expertise in philosophical dimensions of privacy and data protection law, ethics, bioethics, legal philosophy, women’s rights, and diversity in higher education. President Obama appointed Dr. Allen to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues in 2010.  

Giselle Corbie 
Giselle Corbie, MD, MSc, is a Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Social Medicine and Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Nationally recognized for her scholarly work on the inclusion of disparate populations in research. She is an expert on community engagement in health equity research, racial disparities in health, and disease risk reduction among rural racial and ethnic minorities. 


                                                                                         Alicia L. Best 
Alicia Best, PhD, MPH, CHES, CPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Family Health in the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. She is a socio-behavioral researcher and conducts research focusing on communication approaches to address cancer-related health disparities, emphasizing meaningful engagement of underserved communities. 

Patrick T. Smith
Patrick T. Smith, PhD, is the director of the bioethics program for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine and associate professor in population health sciences, Department of Health Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine.

Dr. Smith’s current research and writing involve moral philosophy, bioethics, theological ethics, end-of-life care, and religious and social ethics.  


PRIM&R is proud to recognize these individuals and the many others who continue to make significant contributions to research ethics.