• “From Detached Concern to Empathy may be rightly viewed as a seminal work in developing a scholarly understanding of the subject of empathy.”
  • Sharon Hull, MD, MPH, PCC
  • Journal of American Medical Association
  • “This is an important book…it is a serious essay on subjectivity, a topic about which we will be seeing more in the coming years.”
  • Eric Cassell
  • The New England Journal of Medicine
  • “This lovely volume fixes on a profound truth in medicine: to the degree we are moved by our patients suffering we are better able to help them. The age of proteomics and genomics is the age of ‘objective reality’, yet for the patient it is all about humane empathetic care. Halpern in this scholarly and wonderful, readable volume shows us that empathy is just as critical for the physician and without it healing cannot begin. This book is a must read for all of us with an interest in medical practice.”
  • Abraham Verghese, physician, professor, and author of Cutting for Stone
  • “This is a beautifully written and beautifully reasoned book. Physician-ethicist Jodi Halpern crafts one of the finest descriptions available of psychiatry’s advance towards empathic involvement with patients. Intertwining psychiatry and ethics is no easy task. However, in Halpern’s hands, a blend of formal research, philosophical modeling and straight talk shows how neatly psychiatry and ethics work together.”
  • Philip Candilis
  • Psychiatric Services


Halpern, J., From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice. Oxford University Press. 2011.

Halpern, J., Remaking the Self in the Wake of Illness. This manuscript brings narratives, psychology, and philosophy together to develop a theory of what it means to “adapt” or experience value change in the face of illness and disability. Expected completion late 2020.

Journal Articles


Halpern, J., O’Hara, S., Doxzen, K., Witkowsky, L., Owen, Lex. “Societal and Ethical Impacts of Germline Genome Editing: How Can We Secure Human Rights?” The CRISPR Journal, vol2, no.5. DOI: 10.1089/crispr.2019.0042.

Halpern, J. and Doxzen, K. “Germline Gene Editing and International Human Rights.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 2019.

Halpern, J., Paolo, D. Huang, A. “Informed Consent for Early-Phase Clinical Trials: Therapeutic Mis-estimation, Unrealistic Optimism and Appreciation.” Journal of Medical Ethics, 2019.

Berridge, C., Levy, K., Halpern, J. “Cameras on beds: The ethics of surveillance in nursing homes.” American Journal of Bioethics, 2019.

Kung, A., Cheung, T., Knox, M.Willard-Grace, R., Halpern, J., Olayiwola, N., Gottlieb,L. “Burnout and Capacity to Address Patients’ Social Needs in Primary Care: A Qualitative Study.” American Journal of Family Medicine, 2019.

Portacolone, E., Covinsky, K. E., Johnson, J. K., Rubinstein, R. L., & Halpern, J. “Walking the Tightrope Between Study Participant Autonomy and Researcher Integrity: The Case Study of a Research Participant With Alzheimer’s Disease Pursuing Euthanasia in Switzerland.” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 2019.

Perry, J., Wohlke, S., Metselaar, S., Halpern, J. “Dealing with Misconception in Biomedical Research” Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, in press, 2019.


Halpern, J. “Jorge’s Decision” Special Issue on Shared Decision-Making, Pediatrics, 2018.

Ramstein, J., Tsai, K., Mehta, A., Dupree, J., Nangia, M., Halpern, J., P. Rosen, M., Smith, J. “Access to Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients on Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors.” Fertility and Sterility, 2018

Wilson L., Cocohoba,, J..,Chyorny, A., Halpern, J., Auerswald, C., Myers, J. “Perspectives on Integrated HIV and Hepatitis C Virus Testing Among Persons Entering a Northern California Jail: A Pilot Study.” JAIDS Volume 78, Number 2, June 2018.

Portacolone, E., Covinsky,K., Halpern, J., Rubinstein, R., Johnson, J. “The Precarity of Living Alone in Older Age with Cognitive Impairment.” The Gerontologist, January 2018.


Halpern, J. “ The Therapeutic Effects of Empathy in Healthcare.” Emotion Researcher, International Society for Research on Emotion, Summer 2017.

Main, A., Walle, E., Kho, C. Halpern, J. “The Interpersonal Functions of Empathy: A Relational Perspective,” Emotion Review, May, 2017, 1754-0739, DOI: 10.1177/1754073916669440

Benner, P., Halpern, J., Gordon, D., Poppell, C., Kelley, P. “Beyond Pathologizing Harm: Understanding PTSD in the Context of War Experience.” Journal of Medical Humanities, 2017.

Ramstein, J. J., Halpern, J., Gadzinski, A. J., Brannigan, R. E. and Smith, J. F. (2017), Ethical, moral, and theological insights into advances in male pediatric and adolescent fertility preservation. Andrology 2017. doi:10.1111/andr.12371


Colley, A., Halpern, J., Paul, S., Miaskowski, C., Dunn, L. “Factors Associated with Oncology Patients Involvement in Shared Decision-Making During Chemotherapy.” Psycho-Oncology, October 2016.

Harris, L., Williams, J., Gerrdts, C., Urbano, L., Velez, A., Halpern, J., Prata, N., Baffoe, P. “Development of a conceptual model and survey instrument to measure conscientious objection to abortion provision.” PLOS ONE, 2016.

Harris, L., Halpern, J., Prata, N., Chavka, W., Gerrdts, C. “Conscientious Objection to Abortion Provision: Why Context Matters,” Global Pubic Health, 2016.


O’Keefe, M., Perrault, S., Halpern, J., Ikemoto, L., Yarborough, M. ‘Editing’ Genes: A Case Study About How Language Matters in Bioethics.“ American Journal of Bioethics, December 2015.

Ekman, E.,Halpern, J. “Professional Distress and Well-being among Human Service Care Providers: Professional Empathy Can Help.” Social Work in Mental Health, August 2015.

Lantos, J., Halpern, J. “Bullying, Social Hierarchies, Poverty and Health Outcomes.” Pediatrics Mar 2015, 135 (Supplement 2) S21-S23.

Halpern, J., Jutte, D., Colby, J. and Boyce, W.T. “Social Dominance, School Bullying, and Child Health: What Are Our Ethical Obligations to the Very Young? Pediatrics Mar 2015, 135 (Supplement 2) S24-S30


Portacolone, E., Halpern, J. “Move or Suffer”: Is Age Segregation the New Norm for Older Americans Living Alone? Journal of Applied Gerontology, November 2014.

Decety, J., Smith, K., Norman, G., Halpern, J. “Clinical Empathy: What can we learn from social and affective neuroscience?” World Psychiatry, April 2014.

Schicktanz S., Schweda,M., Ballenger, J., Fox, P., Halpern, J., Kramer, J., Micco, G. Post, S., Thompson, C., Knight, R., Jagust. “Before it is too late: professional responsibilities in late-onset Alzheimer’s research and pre-symptomatic prediction.” Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 20 November 2014.

Halpern, J. “Narratives Hold Open the Future.” Special Issue on Narrative Ethics, Hastings Center Report, January/February 2014.

Halpern, J. “From idealized clinical empathy to empathic communication in medical care.” Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. Summer, 2013.


Halpern, J., “Empowering Patients: Motivational Interviewing and Rethinking the Relational Basis of Autonomy.” Journal of Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. Summer, 2013.

Halpern, J. and Jutte, D. “The Ethics of Pay for Success.” Community Development Investment Review, April, 2013.

Halpern, J. and Kravitz, Rl. “Authority, Health Advocacy Organizations and Scientific Evidence.” AMA Journal of Ethics- Virtual Mentor. January 2013, 1;15(1):18-22.


Halpern, J. “When concretized emotion-belief complexes derail decision-making capacity.” Bioethics, doi: 10.1111/j-1467-8519.2010.01817.x. February, 2012.

Halpern, J. “Clinical Wisdom is Practical Wisdom,” Journal of Clinical Ethics, Spring, 2012.

Halpern, J. “Gathering the Patient’s Story,” The Permanente Journal; January, 2012.


Martinson, M. and Halpern, J. “Ethical implications of the promotion of elder volunteerism: A critical perspective.” Journal of Aging Studies, 2011.

Halpern, J. Emotions, “Autonomy and Decision-Making Capacity.” American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, 2011, August.

Halpern, J. “Publishing Clinical Cases: Who Owns the Story? Is the Patient’s Consent Needed? “ Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, July 2011; vol 3(7).

2009 and earlier

Halpern, J. “Groupthink and Caregivers’ Projections: Addressing Barriers to Empathy,” Journal of Clinical Ethics, Spring 2009.

Halpern, J. “Affective Forecasting: An Unrecognized Challenge in Making Serious Health Decisions,” Journal of General Internal Medicine, October 2008

Halpern, J. “Let’s Value But Not Idealize Emotions,” Journal of Clinical Ethics, Fall 2007.

Dhawaan, N., Steinbach, A., Halpern, J. “Physician Empathy and Compassion for Inmate Patients,” Journal of Correctional Health, Fall 2007.

Shoeb, M., Weinstein, H. and Halpern, J. “Living in Religious Time and Space: Iraqi Refugees in Dearborn, Michigan” Journal of Refugee Studies, September 2007.

Halpern, J. “Empathy and Patient-Physician Conflicts,” Journal of General Internal Medicine, May 2007(17): 696-700.

Kravitz RL and Jodi Halpern. “Direct-to-consumer drug ads, patient autonomy and the responsible exercise of power.” Virtual Mentor-AMA Journal of Ethics. 2006; 8:407-411.

Beach, M.C., Meredith, L., Halpern, J., Wells, K., Ford, D. “Physician Conceptions of Loyalty to Patients and Social Justice in Healthcare.” Annals of Family Medicine. January 2005.

Halpern, J. and Weinstein, H. “Rehumanizing the Other: Empathy and Social Reconciliation,” Human Rights Quarterly. August 2004. 26 (3): 561-583

Halpern, J., Johnson, M., Miranda, J. & Wells, K. “The Partners in Care Approach: Ethics Outcomes in Quality Improvement Programs for Depression,” Psychiatric Services. May 2004; 55(5): 532-39.

Halpern, J. “What is Clinical Empathy?” Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2003. 18: 670-674.

Halpern, J. “Responding to the Need Behind the Question, ‘Doctor, if This Were Your Child, What Would You Do?’” The Journal of Clinical Ethics. Spring-Summer 2003; 14(1/2): 71-78.

Halpern, J. “Beyond Wishful Thinking: Facing the Harm that Psychotherapists Can Do by Writing About Their Patients” The Journal of Clinical Ethics. Spring-Summer 2003. 14(1/2): 118-136.

Halpern, J. “Reluctant Patients: Autonomy and Delegating Medical Decisions.” The Journal of Clinical Ethics. Spring 2003; 13(1): 78-84.

Halpern, J. “Can the Development of Practice Guidelines Safeguard Patient Values” The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics. Spring 1995; 23: 75-81.

Wenger, N. and J. Halpern. “The Physician’s Role in Advance Directive Completion.” The Journal of Clinical Ethics. Winter 1994; 5(4): 320-3

Wenger, N. and J. Halpern. “Can a Patient Refuse a Psychiatric Consultation?” The Journal of Clinical Ethics. Fall 1994; 5(3): 230-4

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