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Patricia Backlar

Patricia BacklarResearch Associate Professor of Bioethics

Phone: 503-725-3499



Patricia Backlar is: Research Associate Professor of Bioethics & Director of the Biomedical Ethics Certificate program a three term sequence for health care professionals and pre-med students (PHL. 481/581, 482/582, 483/583), Department of Philosophy, Portland State University;  Affiliate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine & Senior Scholar, Center for Ethics in Health Care, Oregon & Health Science University; and, since 1995, Editor, Ethics Section, Community Mental Health Journal.

Professor Backlar's other current professional positions include the following appointments: she serves on the Oregon State Hospital Ethics Committee & the Oregon State Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB); she is a member of the Oregon Health & Science University Stem Cell Research Oversight (OSCRO) Committee; she co-chairs the Oregon Advisory Committee on Genetic Privacy and Research, she is a past chair of the Multnomah County Behavioral Health Advisory Council (Adult Mental Health and Substance Abuse); she also serves on the Multnomah County Human Services Citizen Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC); and she serves as a consultant to the National Veterans Health Administration on the implementation of the Mental Health Advance Directive.

Professor Backlar is listed as a Google Scholar. She has authored and co-authored over 70 journal articles, book chapters, books, and government reports on bioethical and policy issues relevant to biomedical research, clinical practice, and community psychiatric practice. Included among her publications are: The Family Face of Schizophrenia, New York: Putnam; 1994, paperback, 1995; Can I Plan Now for the Mental Health Treatment I Would Want If I Were in Crisis? A Guide to Oregon's Declaration for Mental Health Treatment, State of Oregon: Office of Mental Health Services, Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Division; 1994, updated, August 2000; "Human Subjects Research, Ethics, Research on Vulnerable Populations," in Encyclopedia of Biotechnology: Ethical Legal and Policy Issues, edited by T.J. Murray & M.J. Mehlman, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000. Her most recent book (co-edited with David L. Cutler) is Ethics in Community Mental Health Care: Commonplace Concerns, Kluwer Academic/ Plenum Publishers, 2002.

In 1996, Professor Backlar was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a Commissioner on the presidentially chartered National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC), where she participated in drafting its reports which include "Cloning Human Beings" (1997), "Research Involving Persons with Mental Disorders that May Affect Decisionmaking Capacity" (1998), "Research Involving Human Biological Materials" (1999), "Ethical Issues in Human Stem Cell Research" (1999), "Ethical and Policy Issues in International Research: Clinical Trials in Developing Countries" (2001), and "Ethical and Policy Issues in Research Involving Human Participants" (2001). Previous and concurrent to her work on the NBAC, Prof. Backlar served from 1994-1998 on the Board of Directors, National Community Mental Health Care Council, as the Director representing the Northwest region-Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Among her other research activities, Professor Backlar was the Principal Investigator on the NIMH funded study, "Impact of advance directives for mental health treatment," and co-investigator on a multi-site SAMHSA funded study, "Evaluation of managed care for persons with severe mental disorders."

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