Michelle L. McGowan, PhD is an Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Bioethics at The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on the ethical and social implications of commercial and clinical applications of reproductive and genomic technologies.

Publications on preimplantation and prenatal genetic and genomic technologies:

Juengst, Eric T., Jennifer R. Fishman, Michelle L. McGowan, Richard A. Settersten, Jr. (2014). Serving epigenetics before its time. Trends in Genetics, 30(10): 427-429.

Farrell, Ruth M., Jonathan S. Metcalfe, Michelle L. McGowan, Kathryn L. Weise, Patricia K. Agatisa, & Jessica Berg. (2014). “Emerging ethical issues in reproductive medicine: are bioethics educators ready?” Hastings Center Report, 44(5), 21-29.

McGowan, Michelle L. (2014). “Are “brave” parents practicing eugenics, enhancement or something else?” In Akira Akabayashi (Ed.), The Future of Bioethics: International Dialogues. (pp. 159-162). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cho, Deborah†, Michelle L. McGowan†, Jonathan Metcalfe, Richard R. Sharp. (2013). “Expanded carrier screening in reproductive healthcare: perspectives from specialists in medical genetics.” Human Reproduction, 28(6), 1725-1730.

McGowan, Michelle L., Deborah Cho & Richard R. Sharp. (2013). “The changing landscape of carrier screening: expanding technology and options?” Health Matrix, 23(1), 15-33.

McGowan, Michelle L. and Richard R. Sharp. (2013). “Justice in the context of family balancing.” Science, Technology & Human Values, 38(2), 271-293.

McGowan, Michelle. (2011). “Constructions of Good Motherhood in an Online Forum for Users of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis.” In Michelle Moravec (Ed.), Motherhood Online. (pp. 180-199). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Sharp, Richard R., Michelle L. McGowan, Jonathan A. Verma, David C. Landy, Sallie McAdoo, Sandra A. Carson, Joe Leigh Simpson & Laurence B. McCullough. (2010). “Moral attitudes and beliefs among couples pursuing PGD for sex selection.” Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 21, 838-847.

McGowan, Michelle L., Chris Burant, Rocio Moran, and Ruth Morgan Farrell. (2009). “Patient education and informed consent for preimplantation genetic diagnosis: health literacy for genetics and assisted reproductive technology.” Genetics in Medicine, 11(9), 640-645.


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