Roberta M. Berry
Associate Professor and Director, Law, Science & Technology Program
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M.A., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, History and Philosophy of Science
J.D., University of Wisconsin
B.A., Swarthmore College, History
Roberta M. Berry, J.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director, Law, Science and Technology Program at Georgia Tech and a Faculty Fellow at Georgia State University College of Law, where she is a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society and of the Intellectual Property Advisory Board. She is a former practicing attorney in health law and a former law professor in health law, bioethics, medical malpractice, insurance law, and contracts.
Dr. Berry's research focuses on bioethics, health law and policy, and the legal, ethical, and policy implications of bioscience and biotechnology research and innovation. Her teaching includes graduate, undergraduate, and law school courses that span these research areas and includes interdisciplinary and inter-institutional graduate and professional courses.
Recent publications by Dr. Berry include two books, The Ethics of Genetic Engineering (Routledge 2010 paperback, 2007 hardcover) and A Health Law Reader (co-edited anthology, Carolina Academic Press 1999). She has authored numerous articles and book chapters, including the award-winning, co-authored article "The Absent Professor: Why We Don’t Teach Research Ethics and What to Do about It" (Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership) and "The Human Genome Project and the End of Insurance," (reprinted in National Insurance Law Review, A Compilation of Significant Articles on Insurance).
Dr. Berry was principal investigator for a National Science Foundation grant focusing on ethically contentious issues in bioscience and biotechnology and is currently a co-principal investigator for a National Institutes of Health grant focusing on translational science and research ethics. Her collaborators on sponsored-research projects include faculty spanning the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, law, and medicine at Agnes Scott College, Duquesne University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University College of Law, Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, and UCLA. She is a member of the editorial board of HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum (2007-present) and has served on National Science Foundation Advisory Panels and Site Visit Teams. She has also served as an external reviewer for Cambridge University Press, several journals, the Wellcome Trust (U.K.), and the National Science Foundation.
Her teaching and service awards from Georgia Tech include: Class of 1940 W. Howard Ector Outstanding Teacher Award (Georgia Tech 2005); Ivan Allen Jr. Faculty Legacy Award (Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts 2004); and Outstanding Faculty Member (Student Government Association 2001).
- Berry, Roberta M. The Ethics of Genetic Engineering. New York: Routledge, 2010 (paperback).
- Berry, Roberta M., Lisa Bliss, Sylvia Caley, Paul A. Lombardo, Jerri Nims Rooker, Jonathan Todres, and Leslie E. Wolf. “Recent Developments in Health Care Law: Partners in Innovation.” HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum 22, no. 2 (2010): 85-116.
- Berry, Roberta M. “The Posthumanist Challenge to a Partly Naturalized Virtue Ethics.” In The Normativity of the Natural: Human Goods, Human Virtues, and Human Flourishing, ed. Mark J. Cherry, Dordrecht: Springer, 2009, pp. 153-172.
- Berry, Roberta M. “Health Care and the Human Genome: Regulatory Challenge and Response.” In Legal Perspectives in Bioethics, ed. Ana S. Iltis, Sandra H. Johnson, and Barbara A. Hinze. New York: Routledge, 2008, pp. 95-125.
- Berry, Roberta M. The Ethics of Genetic Engineering. New York: Routledge, 2007 (hardcover).
- Berry, Roberta M. "Can Bioethics Speak to Politics about the Prospect of Germ-Line Gene Therapy? If So, What Might it Say?" In A Dividing Line? Exploring the Ethics of Germ-Line Gene Therapy, ed. John E. J. Rasko, Gabrielle O’Sullivan, and Rachel A. Ankeny. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006, pp. 243-277.
- Benkeser, Paul J., Roberta M. Berry, and Jonathan D. Olinger. “Challenges and Opportunities in Ethics Education in Biomedical Engineering.” Proceedings, 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Conference (June 2005).
- Berry, Roberta M. "Informed Consent Law, Ethics, and Practice: From Infancy to Reflective Adolescence" HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum 17, no. 1 (2005): 64-81.
- Berry, Roberta M. "Genetic Information and Research: Emerging Legal Issues." HealthCare Ethics Forum 15, no. 1 (2003): 70-99.
- Eisen, Arri and Berry, Roberta M. "The Absent Professor: Why We Don't Teach Research Ethics and What to Do About It." American Journal of Bioethics 2 (2002): 38-49. Honorable Mention: 2005 Johnson Award for Best Paper in Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector.
- Robinson, John H. and Berry, Roberta M. "Unraveling the Codes: The Dialectic Between Knowledge of the Moral Person and Knowledge of the Genetic Person in Criminal Law" in Mutating Concepts, Evolving Disciplines: Genetics, Medicine, and Society, ed. Lisa S. Parker and Rachel A. Ankeny. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, Philosophy and Medicine Series 2002, pp. 287-317.
- Berry, Roberta M. "Eugenics after the Holocaust: The Limits of Reproductive Rights" in Humanity at the Limit: The Impact of the Holocaust Experience on Jews and Christians, ed. Michael A. Signer. Bloomington: Indiana University Press 2000, pp. 224-40.
- Robinson, John H., Berry, Roberta M., and McDonnell, Kevin (eds). A Health Law Reader: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press, 1999.
- Berry, Roberta M. 1999. "Genetic Enhancement in the Twenty-First Century: Three Problems in Legal Imagining," 34 Wake Forest Law Review 715.
- Berry, Roberta M. 1998. "From Involuntary Sterilization to Genetic Enhancement: The Unsettled Legacy of Buck v. Bell," 12 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 401.
- Berry, Roberta M. 1997. "The Genetic Revolution and the Physician's Duty of Confidentiality: The Role of the Old Hippocratic Virtues in the Regulation of the New Genetic Intimacy," 18 Journal of Legal Medicine 401.
- Berry, Roberta M. 1996. "The Human Genome Project and the End of Insurance," 7 University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy 205. Reprinted in: National Insurance Law Review, A Compilation of Significant Articles on Insurance 8 (1997): 641-94.
- “Interdisciplinary Education on Contentious Policy Problems: Preparing Future Professionals to Address Contentious Problems in Science and Technology Policy through Interdisciplinary, Problem Based Learning,” 5th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, (August 5, 2010) University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.
- “Interdisciplinary Ethics Teaching and Controversial Science,” American Society for Law, Medicine & Ethics, 33rd Annual Health Law Professor's Conference, (June 5, 2010) University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas.
- “Crossing Boundaries: Ethical, Policy, and Legal Issues in Bioscience and Biotechnology,” Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Founder's Day, Humanitarian Leadership on a GlobalLevel: Georgia Tech Responds to the Challenge of the Allen Legacy, (March 15, 2010) Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia.
- “Genetically Engineering Our Children,” Medical Ethics Lecture Series, (November 19, 2009) St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas.
- “The Relationship between U.S. Law and Bioethics: Selected Topics,” Collaborative Educational Program in Bioethics: A Cross Cultural Exchange with Russian Healthcare Leaders, (October 15, 2008) Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
- “Should We Engineer the Genomes of Our Children? Navigational Policymaking in the New Genetic Era,” Ethics Program Lecture Series, (April 7, 2008) Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia.
- “Global Biotech, Local Bioethics?” (September 12, 2007) Monthly Meeting, Georgia Bio (organization of the life sciences industry), Atlanta, Georgia (audio simulcast in Athens, Georgia).
- “The Transhumanist Challenge to Virtue Ethics,” Panel: Ethics, Religion and Human Nature, Engineering European Bodies: When Biomedical Technologies Challenge European Governance, Bioethics and Identities, (June 16, 2007) University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
- “Virtue Ethics, Common Law, and Biomedical Policy Making,” (June 1, 2007) Contemporary Reflections on Ethical Theory and Decision Making, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
- "Germ-line Genetic Engineering and Constitutional Values." Annual Meeting, American Association for the Advancement of Science, (February 18, 2005) Washington D.C.
- "Medical Hope and Utopian Temptation: Looking Backward for Normative Guidance on Germ-Line Genetic Engineering." Annual Meeting, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, (October 31, 2004) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- "Can Criteria Drawn from the Philosophy of Biology Help Resolve Disagreement in Bioethics?" Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, (August 2003) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- "Is Bioethics Marooned on an Island? Genetic Engineering as a Case Study of the Struggle to Connect Bioethics with Public Policy," Annual Meeting, Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, (October 2001) Charleston, South Carolina (Gordon Kingsley, co-author)
- "Genetic Enhancement: Imagining the Future," Symposium: Genetic Technology: Social Values and Personal Autonomy in the 21st Century, Co-sponsors: Wake Forest University Law School, Medical School, and Year of Science Program, (November 1999) Winston-Salemn, North Carolina
- "Comment on the Prospect of Eugenics," Conference: Humanity at the Limit: The Impact of the Holocaust Experience on Jews and Christians, Co-Sponsors: Holocaust Museum and the University of Notre Dame, (May 1998) Notre Dame, Indiana