Alina Bennett, MA, MPH, PhD Faculty Profile

Alina  Bennett, MA, MPH, PhD

Lecturer AY

Department of Public Health

Dr. Alina Bennett is a Lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences. She also serves as a Regional Ethicist for Kaiser Permanente, Northern California.

She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the McGovern Center for Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Her clinical ethics training took place at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Bennett earned both a PhD and MPH at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her dissertation and capstone focused on correctional mental health. Her research explores the moral dimensions of medicine by synthesizing methods of philosophical, historical, and epidemiologic analyses to develop a humanistic approach focusing on health inequity.

  • PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • MPH, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
  • MA, Ohio State University
  • BA, Pitzer College

Not teaching this semester.

Articles

2018 [Forthcoming] Bennett, A., “Solitary Confinement and Professionalism: Why the Sciences of Public Health Need Phenomenology to Understand the Harms of Incarceration,” Journal of Medicine, Ethics and Public Health, October.

2016 Gallagher, C., Bennett, A., Weber, E. “Medical Futility in Cancer Care: Distinct Challenges and Action Strategies,” Journal of Clinical Research and Bioethics, June, vol. 7, no. 2, p. 269.

2013 Bennett, A. and Sheena Eagan Chamberlin, “Resisting Moral Residue,” Pastoral Psychology, vol. 62, no. 2, p. 151-162.

2018 "Designing an Ethics Service for St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries

2017  “The Role of Public-Health Ethics Beyond Regulation and Theory: Ethics Experts on Collaborative Teams Conducting Health-Services Research,” American Public Health Association, Atlanta, GA, November 4.

2017  “The Potential Utility of an Interprofessional Analysis of Recent Professional – Society Refusals to Practice in Prison Settings,” Academic & Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health, Atlanta, GA, March 17.

2017 “The Infectious Quality of Existential Suffering in Three Prison Memoirs,” International Health Humanities Conference, Houston, TX, March 9.

2017 Langeloth Foundation Junior Investigator Scholarship, Academic and Health Policy Conference on Correctional Health

2015 Interprofessional Scholar Award, Dean’s Designation, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch

 2014 William C. Levin Award for Academic Excellence, University of Texas Medical Branch

2017  UTHealth 2017 Advances in Teaching and Learning Day Conference, Poster Judge, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX

 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Association Travel Award Review Committee, Member, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX