Jodi Halpern Portrait

Current Positions

Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, University of California, Berkeley.

  • Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, School of Public Health and Joint Medical Program, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Teaching includes graduate courses in Public Health Ethics and the masters curriculum  for medical students.
  • Director, Advisory Board, Institute for Personality and Social Research, UC Berkeley.
  • Affiliated Faculty, Human Rights Center, Philosophy Department, Kadish Center for Morality, Law and Public Affairs, Center for Child and Youth Policy, at UC Berkeley.


  • Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve in the Community Development Division (2012-2013)
  • Invited Consultant, University of Chicago Wisdom Research Grant (2012)
  • Consultant on Neuroscience and Philosophy of Caring Research, UC Riverside, California (2012)


  • Yale University Ph.D. Philosophy (2003) Porter Prize for Outstanding Dissertation Across All Disciplines
  •  Rockefeller Fellowship, The Center for Human Values, Princeton University (1997-1998)
  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, UCLA (1994-1997)
  • Psychiatry Residency, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (1990-1994)
  • Internship, UCLA-Wadsworth Veterans Administration Medical Center, Los Angeles (1989-1990)
  • Yale School of Medicine M.D.,(1989) Louis Nahum Prize for Outstanding Medical Thesis
  • Yale College B.A.,(1982) Magna Cum Laude

Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Appointed Fellow of The Hastings Center for Ethics
  • 2011 Mentor Award, UCB–UCSF Joint Medical Program
  • 2009 Teaching Award, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
  • 2005-2008 Greenwall Faculty Fellowship: Autonomy, Emotions and Predicting Subjective Well-being in Health Decisions
  • 2004-2007 NIMH Center Grant Focusing on Early Childhood Adversity, Ethics, and Social Hierarchies
  • 2004-2005 Center for Health Research Fellowship, UC Berkeley
  • 2004 Regent’s Summer Faculty Fellowship, UC Berkeley
  • 1999-2000 Townsend Humanities Center Junior Faculty Fellowship, UC Berkeley
  • 1999-2005 Martin Sisters Chair, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
  • 1993 American Psychoanalytic Association Fellowship: Excellence in Psychodynamic Psychiatry
  • 1983 International Health Fellowship, Mumbai , India
  • 1983 NIH Medical Scientist Training Program: Award for Combined Studies in Medicine & Ethics
  • 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

  • Videos

    Empathy for Effective Healthcare
  • Jodi Halpern speaking at the Hillside Club, Berkeley, CA
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