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Michelle McGowan

Research Professor-Affiliate

Graduate Program Director

Pediatrics | College of Medicine

Education/Credentials
  • Postdoctoral Scholar: Case Western Reserve University ( Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law )
  • Doctoral Degree: University of Washington (Women Studies)
  • Bachelor's Degree : Boston College (Sociology)
Contact Information
Research Interests

Ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics and genomics; ethical and social implications of reproductive technologies, gender and health, gender and medicine, gender and science, feminist bioethics, feminist science studies

Peer Reviewed Publications

Pervola, Josie; Myers, Melanie F; McGowan, Michelle L; Prows, Cynthia A 2019. Giving adolescents a voice: the types of genetic information adolescents choose to learn and why. Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 21 4, 965-971

Juengst, Eric T; McGowan, Michelle L 2018. Why Does the Shift from "Personalized Medicine" to "Precision Health" and "Wellness Genomics" Matter? AMA journal of ethics, 20 9, E881-890

McGowan, Michelle L; Prows, Cynthia A; DeJonckheere, Melissa; Brinkman, William B; Vaughn, Lisa; Myers, Melanie F 2018. Adolescent and Parental Attitudes About Return of Genomic Research Results: Focus Group Findings Regarding Decisional Preferences. Journal of empirical research on human research ethics : JERHRE, 13 4, 371-382

Aungst, Heide; Fishman, Jennifer R; McGowan, Michelle L 2017. Participatory Genomic Research: Ethical Issues from the Bottom Up to the Top Down. Annual review of genomics and human genetics, 18 , 357-367

Meagher, Karen M; McGowan, Michelle L; Settersten, Richard A; Fishman, Jennifer R; Juengst, Eric T 2017. Precisely Where Are We Going? Charting the New Terrain of Precision Prevention. Annual review of genomics and human genetics, 18 , 369-387

Juengst, Eric; McGowan, Michelle L; Fishman, Jennifer R; Settersten, Richard A 2016. From "Personalized" to "Precision" Medicine: The Ethical and Social Implications of Rhetorical Reform in Genomic Medicine. The Hastings Center report, 46 5, 21-33

McGowan, Michelle L; Ponsaran, Roselle S; Silverman, Paula; Harris, Lyndsay N; Marshall, Patricia A 2016. "A rising tide lifts all boats": establishing a multidisciplinary genomic tumor board for breast cancer patients with advanced disease. BMC medical genomics, 9 1, 71

Woolley, J Patrick; McGowan, Michelle L; Teare, Harriet J A; Coathup, Victoria; Fishman, Jennifer R; Settersten, Richard A; Sterckx, Sigrid; Kaye, Jane; Juengst, Eric T 2016. Citizen science or scientific citizenship? Disentangling the uses of public engagement rhetoric in national research initiatives. BMC medical ethics, 17 1, 33

Blake, Valarie K; McGowan, Michelle L; Levine, Aaron D 2015. Conflicts of Interest and Effective Oversight of Assisted Reproduction Using Donated Oocytes. The Journal of law, medicine & ethics : a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 43 2, 410-24

Choudhury, Suparna; Fishman, Jennifer R; McGowan, Michelle L; Juengst, Eric T 2014. Big data, open science and the brain: lessons learned from genomics. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 8 , 239

Farrell, Ruth M; Metcalfe, Jonathan S; McGowan, Michelle L; Weise, Kathryn L; Agatisa, Patricia K; Berg, Jessica 2014. Emerging ethical issues in reproductive medicine: are bioethics educators ready? The Hastings Center report, 44 5, 21-9

Juengst, Eric T; Fishman, Jennifer R; McGowan, Michelle L; Settersten, Richard A 2014. Serving epigenetics before its time. Trends in genetics : TIG, 30 10, 427-9

McGowan, Michelle L; Fishman, Jennifer R; Settersten, Richard A; Lambrix, Marcie A; Juengst, Eric T 2014. Gatekeepers or intermediaries? The role of clinicians in commercial genomic testing. PloS one, 9 9, e108484

McGowan, Michelle L; Settersten, Richard A; Juengst, Eric T; Fishman, Jennifer R 2014. Integrating genomics into clinical oncology: ethical and social challenges from proponents of personalized medicine. Urologic oncology, 32 2, 187-92

Cho, D; McGowan, M L; Metcalfe, J; Sharp, R R 2013. Expanded carrier screening in reproductive healthcare: perspectives from genetics professionals. Human reproduction (Oxford, England), 28 6, 1725-30

Heidt-Forsythe, Erin; McGowan, Michelle L 2013. Whose right to know? The subjectivity of mothers in mandatory paternity testing. The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, 13 5, 42-4

McGowan, Michelle L; Cho, Deborah; Sharp, Richard R 2013. The changing landscape of carrier screening: expanding technology and options?. Health matrix (Cleveland, Ohio : 1991), 23 1, 15-33

McGowan, Michelle L; Glinka, Allison; Highland, Janelle; Asaad, George; Sharp, Richard R 2013. Genetics patients' perspectives on clinical genomic testing. Personalized medicine, 10 4, 339-347

McGowan, Michelle L; Sharp, Richard R 2013. Justice in the context of family balancing. Science, technology & human values, 38 2,

Juengst, Eric T; Settersten, Richard A; Fishman, Jennifer R; McGowan, Michelle L 2012. After the revolution? Ethical and social challenges in 'personalized genomic medicine' Personalized medicine, 9 4, 429-439

McGowan, Michelle L; Redding, Julie 2012. Reframing the justice implications of preserving the right to future children. The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, 12 6, 53-5

Kenney, Nancy J; McGowan, Michelle L 2010. Looking back: egg donors' retrospective evaluations of their motivations, expectations, and experiences during their first donation cycle. Fertility and sterility, 93 2, 455-66

McGowan, Michelle L 2010. Participation in investigational fertility preservation research: a feminist research ethics approach. Cancer treatment and research, 156 , 209-21

McGowan, Michelle L; Fishman, Jennifer R; Lambrix, Marcie A 2010. Personal genomics and individual identities: motivations and moral imperatives of early users. New genetics and society, 29 3, 261-290

Sharp, Richard R; McGowan, Michelle L; Verma, Jonathan A; Landy, David C; McAdoo, Sallie; Carson, Sandra A; Simpson, Joe Leigh; McCullough, Laurence B 2010. Moral attitudes and beliefs among couples pursuing PGD for sex selection. Reproductive biomedicine online, 21 7, 838-47

McGowan, Michelle L; Burant, Christopher J; Moran, Rocio; Farrell, Ruth 2009. Patient education and informed consent for preimplantation genetic diagnosis: health literacy for genetics and assisted reproductive technology. Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics, 11 9, 640-5

McGowan, Michelle L; Lambrix, Marcie A 2009. Are social networkers and genome testers one in the same? The limitations of public opinion research for guiding clinical practice. The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, 9 6-7, 21-3

McGowan, Michelle L; Fishman, Jennifer R 2008. Using lessons learned from BRCA testing and marketing: what lies ahead for whole genome scanning services. The American journal of bioethics : AJOB, 8 6, 18-20

deSante-Bertkau, Jennifer E; McGowan, Michelle L; Antommaria, Armand H Matheny . Systematic Review of Typologies Used to Characterize Clinical Ethics Consultations. The Journal of clinical ethics, 29 4, 291-304