Jodi Halpern

Halpern’s book helped build a wave of research on clinical empathy.


Jodi HalpernHalpern’s longstanding focus has been on clinical empathy. In addition to From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice, she is completing a book on the role of self-empathy in living well in the wake of illness and disability. She has worked with veterans on their emotional experiences on returning to their families after war.

Jodi Halpern. M.D., Ph.D, is Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and the School of Public Health. As a psychiatrist with a background in philosophy, she investigates how emotions and the imagination shape healthcare decisions of clinicians and patients.

Halpern keeps current with the digital revolution thanks to her teenage son, whose persuasive powers led to the creation of this website.

  • Learn why medical practitioners are more effective when they empathize with patients.

    From Detached Concern to Empathy- Humanizing Medical Practice
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    "This book is a must read for all of us with an interest in medical practice." Abraham Verghese, 2011

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    Jodi Halpern speaking at the Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA

    Jodi Halpern speaking at the Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA