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Elizabeth Heitman, PhD

Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Elizabeth Heitman, PhD, is a professor in the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and an internationally known educator in research ethics and responsible conduct of research. Her 25-year career has included extensive work teaching, supervising and mentoring research trainees' and junior faculty's scholarly and service-oriented activities in community health, cultural aspects of health, and disparities in health and health care.

She is immediate past chair of the former national CTSA consortium's Clinical Research Ethics Key Function Committee, and heads the research ethics education and consultation activities of the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Heitman's research explores best practices in research ethics education, particularly for international and racial/ethnic minority trainees. She designed the ethics and RCR portion of the Jackson Heart Study Scholars program, and has a long record of mentoring students and research trainees from minority groups underrepresented in biomedical research.

Dr. Heitman is a member of Vanderbilt's Academy for Excellence in Teaching. At the University of Texas - Houston School of Public Health she was a minority student mentor and received the President's Award for Mentoring Women. In addition to serving as a mentor, Dr. Heitman will also develop and teach the RCR sessions during each of the 10-day summer workshops, and provide ongoing support to participants through the Blackboard discussion site and conference calls.