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College of
Health Sciences

Michelle Meyer
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Bioethics and Decision Sciences
100 N. Academy Ave.
Danville, PA 17822
Phone: 571-214-3380

Michelle N. Meyer, PhD, JD

Research Interests

Michelle N. Meyer is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Decision Sciences in the College of Health Sciences and Faculty Co-Director of the Behavioral Insights Team in the Steele Institute of Health Innovation. 

In addition to engaging in normative and legal scholarship, she uses experimental and other methods to empirically investigate judgments and decision-making in the areas of healthcare, science and innovation. Her research has been funded by the NIH, FDA, the NSF, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation and Open Philanthropy and published in leading journals of bioethics (American Journal of Bioethics, Hastings Center Report), law (Harvard Law Review, Administrative Law Review), science (Science, Nature, PNAS) and medicine (New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Network Open). She has also written essays for the New York Times, Slate, Wired, and the Los Angeles Times and has served on numerous boards and commissions.

Dr. Meyer earned a PhD in religious studies, with a focus on applied ethics, from the University of Virginia and a JD from Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she studied religious studies, philosophy and creative nonfiction. 


Select Publications

  • Meyer, M. N., Tan, T., Benjamin, D., Laibson, D., Turley, P. U.S. public willingness to use CRISPR and polygenic embryo selection. Forthcoming, Science.
  • Milkman, K. L., et al. (2021). A mega-study of text-based nudges encouraging patients to get vaccinated at an upcoming doctor’s appointment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(20), e2101165118. Full text
  • Turley, P.*, Meyer, M. N.*, Wang, N., Cesarini, D., Hammonds, E., Martin, A. R., Neale, B. M., Rehm, H. L., Wilkins-Haug, L., Benjamin, D. J., Hyman, S., Laibson, D., Visscher, P. M. (2021). Problems with using polygenic scores to select embryos. New England Journal of Medicine, 385(1), 78-86. Full text
  • Meyer, M. N., Gjorgjieva, T., Rosica, D. (2021). Trends in health care worker intentions to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and reasons for hesitancy. JAMA Network Open, 4(3), e215344. Full text. Coverage in The Economist.
  • Meyer, M. N., Heck, P. R., Holtzman, G. S., Anderson, S. M., Cai, W., Watts, D. J., & Chabris, C. F. (2019). Objecting to experiments that compare two unobjectionable policies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(22), 10723-10728. Full text
  • Heck, P. R., Chabris, C. F., Watts, D. J., & Meyer, M. N.  (2020). Objecting to experiments even while approving of the policies or treatments they compare. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(32), 18948-18950. Full text
  • Meyer, M. N. (2018). Practical tips for ethical data sharing. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1(1), 1-14. Full text
  • Meyer, M. N. (2018). Ethical considerations when companies study—and fail to study—their customers. In J. Polonetsky, O. Tene & E. Selinger (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Privacy (pp. 207-231). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Publisher site. Proof.
  • Meyer, M. N. (2015). Two cheers for corporate experimentation: The A/B illusion and the virtues of data-driven innovation. Colorado Technology Law Journal, 13(2), 273-331. Full text 
  • Meyer, M. N., Lantos, J., London, A. J., McGuire, A. L., Schuklenk, U., & Stell, L. (2014). Misjudgments will drive social trials underground. Nature, 511(7509), 265 (signed by an additional 28 ethicists). Full text
  • Meyer, M. N. (2013). Regulating the production of knowledge: Research risk-benefit analysis and the heterogeneity problem. Administrative Law Review, 65(2), 237-298. Full text


  • JD Harvard Law School
  • PhD Religious Studies (focus: applied ethics), University of Virginia
  • AB Dartmouth College, Religious Studies (minor, Moral Philosophy)
  • Academic Fellowship, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, Harvard Law School
  • Greenwall Fellowship, Bioethics and Health Policy, The Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities
  • Research Fellowship, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
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