Marsha Michie, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Bioethics
School of Medicine
Research Ethics Concentration
School of Medicine

Marsha Michie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Prior to joining CWRU, Dr. Michie was an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco, where she held appointments in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, and was a collaborator in UCSF Bioethics and the UC Bioethics Collaboratory. Dr. Michie received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. She also completed postdoctoral training at the UNC Center for Genomics and Society, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.

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Research Information

Research Interests

  • Reproductive Ethics
  • Ethical and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics
  • Ethics in Translational Medicine
  • Patient Education and Counseling

Research Projects

Dr. Michie’s work employs empirical research to investigate ethical questions in biomedicine. Her scholarly work focuses on the experiences of people who are stakeholders in biomedical research, the innovations it produces, and the ways these are translated into clinical care. She has conducted research with genomic research participants, people who have refused research participation, families seeking or dealing with genetic diagnoses, and various stakeholders in new technologies for prenatal testing—including clinicians, test developers, pregnant women, and disability advocates. Her work is informed by bioethical principles, social theory, and literatures on identity, practice, narrative, and disability. She has also taught and mentored students, postdocs, and other trainees in topics related to bioethics, qualitative social science, and the responsible conduct of research.

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Stoll K, Lindh H, Mackinson A, Allyse A, Michie M. (2017) “Conflicts of interest in genetic counseling: Acknowledging and accepting.” Genetics in Medicine 19(8):864-866. PubMed ID: 28125084.

Mozersky J, Ravitsky V, Michie M, Chandrasekharan S, Rapp R, Allyse M. (2017) Towards an ethically sensitive implementation of non invasive prenatal screening in the global contextHastings Center Report 47(2):41-49. PubMed ID: 28301696.

Michie M, Kraft S, Minear M, Ryan R, Allyse M. (2016) Informed decision-making about prenatal cfDNA screening: An assessment of written materialsEthics, Medicine, and Public Health 2(3): 362-371. PubMed ID: 27699200.

Floyd E, Allyse M, Michie M. (2016) Spanish- and English-Speaking Pregnant Women's Views on cfDNA and Other Prenatal Screening: Practical and Ethical Reflections. J Genet Couns. 2016 Oct;25(5):965-77. doi: 10.1007/s10897-015-9928-3. Epub 2016 Jan 7.