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Ryan Spellecy PhD

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Assistant Provost, Director, Professor

Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin
Department: Institute for Health and Equity
Division: Bioethics
Program: Administration

Member of the Cancer Center
Member of the Kern Institute
Member of the Neuroscience Research Center


I am willing to mentor a junior faculty member.


Research Experience

  • Advance Directive Adherence
  • Advance Directives
  • Advisory Committees
  • Beneficence
  • Bioethical Issues
  • Bioethics
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill
  • Consent Forms
  • Education, Distance
  • Education, Graduate
  • Educational Technology
  • Ethical Review
  • Ethicists
  • Ethics Committees, Research
  • Ethics, Clinical
  • Ethics, Research
  • Euthanasia
  • Euthanasia, Active
  • Gatekeeping
  • Helsinki Declaration
  • Informed Consent
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Living Wills
  • Parental Consent
  • Patient Rights
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Quality-Adjusted Life Years
  • Third-Party Consent
  • Value of Life
  • Virtues
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Leadership Positions

  • Chair, Frodert Memorial Lutheran Hospital/Medical College of Wisconsin IRB #2
  • MCW Program / Core Facilities

  • CTSI
  • Community Partnerships

  • United Community Center
  • Walnut Way
  • Publications (32)

  • The rights (and responsibilities) of the public to advance health through research. (Jotterand F, Spellecy R, Shaker R) Arch Public Health 2021 Nov 16;79(1):198 PMID: 34784984 PMCID: PMC8594084 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85119137221 11/18/2021    
  • How Should Investigators Advertise on Social Media for Research Opportunities? (Spellecy R, Nelson LD) Am J Bioeth 2021 Oct;21(10):42-43 PMID: 34554066 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85115629168 09/24/2021    
  • Invited Peer Commentary: Min-Fu Tsan: Improving the Quality and Performance of Institutional Review Boards in the U.S. Through Performance Measurements. (Spellecy R) J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics 2021 12;16(5):485-486 PMID: 34491143 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85114592732 09/08/2021    
  • Community-Based Participatory Research and its Potential Role in Supporting Diversity in Genomic Science. (May T, Bogar S, Spellecy R, Kabasenche W, Craig J, Dick D) J Health Care Poor Underserved 2021;32(3):1208-1224 PMID: 34421026 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85114422875 08/24/2021    
  • The History of Human Subjects Research and Rationale for Institutional Review Board Oversight (Spellecy R, Busse K) Nutrition in Clinical Practice June 2021;36(3):560-567 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85099392572 06/01/2021       2 Citations
  • Acknowledging Angst: Research Ethics Consultation in Disclosing Experimental Research Results of Uncertain Benefit. (Spellecy R, Nyitray A) Am J Bioeth 2021 04;21(4):104-105 PMID: 33825651 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85103996534 04/08/2021    
  • The History of Human Subjects Research and Rationale for Institutional Review Board Oversight. (Spellecy R, Busse K) Nutr Clin Pract 2021 Jun;36(3):560-567 PMID: 33438782 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85099392572 01/14/2021       2 Citations
  • Characterizing Current Attitudes and Practices for Human Subject Safety in Studies Involving Pupil Dilation. (Szpernal J, Carroll J, Spellecy R, Bachman Groth JA) J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics 2021 Feb-Apr;16(1-2):54-64 PMID: 33135560 PMCID: PMC8035129 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85094978504 11/03/2020    
  • Casting a Light on the Personal Effects of Mentorship. (Patel JJ, Pfeifer K, Fritz JD, Marcdante K, Spellecy R) Acad Med 2020 04;95(4):489-490 PMID: 32209846 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85082380473 03/27/2020    
  • Bias in the Peer Review Process: Can We Do Better? (Tvina A, Spellecy R, Palatnik A) Obstet Gynecol 2019 06;133(6):1081-1083 PMID: 31135720 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85067051895 05/29/2019       5 Citations
  • The Real-Time IRB: A Collaborative Innovation to Decrease IRB Review Time. (Spellecy R, Eve AM, Connors ER, Shaker R, Clark DC) J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics 2018 10;13(4):432-437 PMID: 29902956 PMCID: PMC6146014 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85048789156 06/16/2018       4 Citations
  • Easy-to-Read Informed Consent Form for Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Clinical Trials: Results from the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network 1205 Study. (Spellecy R, Tarima S, Denzen E, Moore H, Abhyankar S, Dawson P, Foley A, Gersten I, Horwitz M, Idossa L, Joffe S, Kamani N, King R, Lazaryan A, Morris L, Horowitz MM, Majhail NS) Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2018 10;24(10):2145-2151 PMID: 29679770 PMCID: PMC6193865 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85047348782 04/22/2018       6 Citations
  • Engender trust and edify. (D'Souza A, Spellecy R, Derse A) Bone Marrow Transplant 2018 01;53(1):104 PMID: 29035397 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-85057522137 10/17/2017       1 Citation
  • Ethical and Regulatory Considerations Regarding Enrollment of Incompetent Adults in More Than Minimal Risk Research as Compared With Children. (Derse AR, Spellecy R) Am J Bioeth 2015;15(10):68-9 PMID: 26479114 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84945139744 10/21/2015       2 Citations
  • Facilitating Autonomy With Broad Consent. (Spellecy R) Am J Bioeth 2015;15(9):43-4 PMID: 26305751 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84940102216 08/26/2015       3 Citations
  • Is 'informed consent' an 'understood consent' in hematopoietic cell transplantation? (D'Souza A, Pasquini M, Spellecy R) Bone Marrow Transplant 2015 Jan;50(1):10-4 PMID: 25243618 PMCID: PMC4320584 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84920682651 09/23/2014       20 Citations
  • The limits of traditional approaches to informed consent for genomic medicine. (May T, Zusevics KL, Derse A, Strong KA, Jeruzal J, La Pean Kirschner A, Farrell MH, Spellecy R) HEC Forum 2014 Sep;26(3):185-202 PMID: 25117558 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84907301107 08/15/2014       7 Citations
  • Piloting a nationally disseminated, interactive human subjects protection program for community partners: unexpected lessons learned from the field. (Solomon S, Bullock S, Calhoun K, Crosby L, Eakin B, Franco Z, Hardwick E, Holland S, Leinberger-Jabari A, Newton G, Odell J, Paberzs A, Spellecy R) Clin Transl Sci 2014 Apr;7(2):172-6 PMID: 24720349 PMCID: PMC4782626 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84899653521 04/12/2014       1 Citation
  • In the absence of evidentiary harm, existing societal norms regarding parental authority should prevail. (Strong KA, Derse AR, Dimmock DP, Zusevics KL, Jeruzal J, Worthey E, Bick D, Scharer G, La Pean Kirschner A, Spellecy R, Farrell MH, Geurts J, Veith R, May T) Am J Bioeth 2014;14(3):24-6 PMID: 24592835 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84897678644 03/07/2014       5 Citations
  • Corrigendum to "Piloting a Nationally Disseminated, Interactive Human Subjects Protection Program for Community Partners: Unexpected Lessons Learned from the Field". [Article in Clinical and Translational Science. 7, 2, (2014), 172-176] (Solomon S, Bullock S, Calhoun K, Crosby L, Eakin B, Franco Z, Hardwick E, Holland S, Leinberger-Jabari A, Newton G, Odell J, Paberzs A, Spellecy R) Clinical and Translational Science June 2014;7(3):285 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84902075446 01/01/2014    
  • Risk, respect for persons, and informed consent in comparative effectiveness research. (Spellecy R, Leuthner S, Farrell M) Am J Bioeth 2013;13(12):46-8 PMID: 24256539 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84889652053 11/22/2013       4 Citations
  • More than cheating: deception, IRB shopping, and the normative legitimacy of IRBs. (Spellecy R, May T) J Law Med Ethics 2012;40(4):990-6 PMID: 23289700 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84872161649 01/08/2013       6 Citations
  • The importance of risk tolerance in maternal autonomy. (Kapfhamer JD, Menon S, Spellecy R) Am J Bioeth 2012;12(7):53-4 PMID: 22694037 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84862305037 06/15/2012       4 Citations
  • Easy-to-read informed consent forms for hematopoietic cell transplantation clinical trials. (Denzen EM, Santibáñez ME, Moore H, Foley A, Gersten ID, Gurgol C, Majhail NS, Spellecy R, Horowitz MM, Murphy EA) Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2012 Feb;18(2):183-9 PMID: 21806948 PMCID: PMC3242929 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-84855597249 10/05/2011       19 Citations
  • Maximizing beneficence and autonomy. Ethical support for the use of nonpharmacological methods for managing dental anxiety. (Donate-Bartfield E, Spellecy R, Shane NJ) J Am Coll Dent 2010;77(3):26-34 PMID: 21314050 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-79953020312 02/15/2011       1 Citation
  • Philosophical and ethical issues at the forefront of neuroscience and genetics: an overview for psychiatrists. (Hoop JG, Spellecy R) Psychiatr Clin North Am 2009 Jun;32(2):437-49 PMID: 19486824 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-66149151358 06/03/2009       3 Citations
  • Children and parents as members of the research team: Fair employment practices without a union contract (Spellecy R, Arnold LE, May T) Ethics and Behavior April 2008;18(2-3):199-214 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-45849146542 04/01/2008       1 Citation
  • Psychiatric outpatient commitment: one tool along a continuum. (Spellecy R) Am J Bioeth 2007 Nov;7(11):45-7; discussion W3-4 PMID: 18027302 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-36248965149 11/21/2007       3 Citations
  • Viewpoint: IRBs, hospital ethics committees, and the need for "translational informed consent". (May T, Craig JM, Spellecy R) Acad Med 2007 Jul;82(7):670-4 PMID: 17595563 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-34347355393 06/28/2007       16 Citations
  • Unproven or unsatisfactory versus equipoise in emergency research with waived consent. (Spellecy R) Am J Bioeth 2006 May-Jun;6(3):44-5 PMID: 16754452 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-33745078251 06/07/2006       6 Citations
  • Autonomy, full information, and genetic ignorance in reproductive medicine (May T, Spellecy R) Monist October 2006;89(4):466-481 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-70450032873 01/01/2006       7 Citations
  • Reviving Ulysses contracts. (Spellecy R) Kennedy Inst Ethics J 2003 Dec;13(4):373-92 PMID: 15049305 SCOPUS ID: 2-s2.0-0842286027 03/31/2004       41 Citations
  • Last update: 01/14/2022