Leigh E. Rich

Leigh Rich appointed co-editor of Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

(January 20, 2011) Leigh E. Rich, assistant professor of health sciences at Armstrong Atlantic State University, has been appointed co-editor of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, a quarterly, peer-reviewed, academic publication that serves as an interdisciplinary and global forum for ethical and legal debate.

Rich, who also serves as co-executive director of the Center for Public Health Media and Research, joined co-editor Michael Ashby, professor of palliative care at the University of Tasmania, Australia, and medical director of palliative care for the Department of Health and Human Services in Tasmania. Both were appointed to the journal in December 2010 and will serve a three-year term.

Rich joined Armstrong in 2005 and teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in the Master of Public Health program and Master of Health Services Administration program. She co-teaches, with Rod McAdams, associate professor of health sciences, an upper-level course on managerial and biomedical ethics.

“This appointment to the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry will help advance my teaching and aid my research,” said Rich. “Some of the classes I teach involve conversations about what is currently going on in bioethics, as well as new approaches to old problems, both of which directly relate to the focus of the journal.”

The journal, in its eighth year of publication, covers ethical, cultural and social issues arising in medicine and health care. It addresses pressing questions related to the implications of world events for the health of populations.

Rich was recently selected as a Brocher Foundation visiting researcher for the summer of 2011. She will spend three months—July through September—at the Brocher Centre in Switzerland. The foundation is a nonprofit, private, Swiss law foundation focused on issues related to public interest. Rich's research will focus on how biotechnology has affected ethical, legal and social conceptions of the human body, issues that coincide with the aims and scope of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.

She holds a Ph.D. in health and behavioral sciences from the University of Colorado-Denver and a master's in cultural and medical anthropology from the University of Arizona. She earned her bachelor's in cultural anthropology from the University of Colorado-Denver.