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Peggy Jo Sandeen
Peggy Jo Sandeen

Adjunct Professor

Professional Focus

Peg Sandeen is the Executive Director of the Death with Dignity National Center (DDNC) and a native Iowan. She earned her PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University and her master's degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Sandeen is an experienced direct practice social worker, specializing in issues related to terminal illness and end-of-life processes. She has an extensive background in policy analysis and strategic leadership for policy reform efforts through both ballot initiative and legislative means.  Prior to her engagement with DDNC, she was the Executive Director of the AIDS Project of Central Iowa.  As a result of her exploration of complex ethical, legal and medical issues related to social work, Sandeen was named a Price Fellow in HIV Prevention Leadership by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Her scholarly and professional efforts focus on health-related ethical concerns, particularly end-of-life decision-making, and the impact of public opinion on policy reform.