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Julie Aultman, Ph.D.

Julie Aultman, Ph.D., MA

Phone: 330.325.6113
Email: jmaultma@neomed.edu

Room: G-129
Hours: By appointment

Academic Title(s)

  • Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Administrative Title(s)

  • Director, Medical Ethics and Humanities
  • Chair, Institutional Review Board
  • Chair, Diversity Council


I am a clinical ethicist, researcher, and medical educator at undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. I direct the Medical Ethics and Humanities Program in the College of Graduate Studies, which includes the Masters of Arts (MA) degree and Certificate, as well as co-direct the Global Health Certificate. I am co-course director for the Human Values in Medicine program in the College of Medicine. The focus of these medical and graduate programs, as well as my medical education research, is narrative ethics and narrative medicine. This area of moral theory and case-based approaches to patient care is the hallmark of our ethics and humanities teaching, research, and service. As a philosopher and ethicist by training, I serve as a clinical consultant, conduct theoretical ethics research, and mixed methods behavioral and education research, and serve as an advocate for vulnerable populations, particularly children, refugees, and young adults with mental health disabilities.

Area of Expertise/Research Interests

My research areas include mental health practice and law and psychiatric ethics, including developmental disabilities, particularly the lived experiences of children with autism and their caregivers, addiction, concepts of mental illness, boundary violations, and involuntary care. I public health ethics, narrative medicine and ethics. I have also engaged in projects focusing on social justice, public health ethics, advance care planning and end of life issues.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Concentration in Medical Ethics, Cognitive Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • MA, Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
    BA, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA


  • College of Medicine: Human Values in Medicine (HVM) 1, HVM 2, HVM 3, HVM 4, HVM 5, “Beneath the Covers: Philosophy of Sex” (M4 Capstone Elective), M4 Ethics Research Elective.
  • College of Graduate Studies: Foundations in Humanities, Responsible Conduct of Research, Research Ethics, Psychiatric Ethics, Primary Care Ethics, Clinical Ethics, Health Care Justice, Health Law, Organizational Ethics, Masters Thesis I, Masters Thesis II, Practicum.

Academic & Professional Activities

  • Clinical Ethics Consultant and Educator
  • Member of the Tenure and Promotions Committee (2013-present)
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair (2010 – present)
  • Board of Directors, Western Reserve Health Education, Inc.
  • Health Law Faculty, The University of Akron, School of Law


  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 7th Annual John A. Benson Jr., MD Professionalism Article Prize 2016
  • Liebelt/Wheeler Award for Faculty Excellence, 2015
  • Social Justice Faculty Award, presented by Class of 2016
  • Research Award, Family and Community Medicine, 2015
  • Golden Key International Honor Society 2016


  • Julie M. Aultman, “Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Considerations for Refugee Mental Health Care Access and Delivery, XXXVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2017
  • Julie M. Aultman, “Moral Failings: The Refugee Crisis in Central America,” European Society of Philosophy Medicine and Healthcare, Conference on Philosophy and Health Care, August 17-20, Zagreb, Croatia, 2016.
  • Julie M. Aultman, Addressing Mental Health Care and Advocacy Among Refugee Populations Through a Narrative-Capabilities Framework, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, Kansas City, MO, October 19-22, 2017
  • Julie M. Aultman, Jessica Heffner, “Forced to Care: Why Primary Care Needs Narrative Ethics to Understand Autism and Its Effect on Family, ” North American Primary Care Research Group, NAPCRG Annual Meeting October 24-28, Cancun, Mexico.
  • Julie M. Aultman, XXXIV International Congress on Law and Mental Health, “Ethical and Legal Challenges of Dimensional Disorders as Classified by the DSM-5 and ICD-10,” Monday TB July 13, 2015, Vienna, Austria.


  • Wear, Zarconi, Aultman, Chyatte, Kumagai, (2016), “Remembering Freddie Gray: Medical Education for Social Justice,” Acad Med. 2017 Mar;92(3):312-317
  • ltman JM. Psychiatric Diagnostic Uncertainty: Challenges to Patient-Centered Care. AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016; 18:579-586
  • Aultman, J.M. and Erin Dean, (2014) “Beyond Privacy: Benefits and Burdens of E-health Technologies in Primary Care,” Journal of Clinical Ethics, 25(1): 50-64.
  • Aultman, JM (2013), “Abuses and Apologies: Irresponsible Conduct of Human Subjects Research in Latin and South America, Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. Spring Vol. 41(1).
  • 17. Fabbro, S., Aultman, J.M., Mostow, E.N. (2013), “Delusions of Parasitosis: Ethical and Clinical Considerations,” Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 69: 156-159. DOI information: 10.1016/j.jaad.2013.02.012


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