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Megan Wright

Professor Megan Wright

Assistant Professor of Law, Medicine, and Sociology

Curriculum Vitae

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Ph.D., University of Arizona
J.D., Yale Law School
M.A., University of Arizona
B.S., Brigham Young University

Professor Megan Wright is assistant professor of law and medicine—Penn State Law’s first joint appointment with the College of Medicine—as well as an affiliate faculty member with the Department of Sociology and the Rock Ethics Institute in the College of the Liberal Arts. Professor Wright joined Penn State from Weill Cornell Medical College, where she was a postdoctoral associate of medical ethics. Concurrently, she served as a research fellow and senior adviser to the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury Project at the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School. 

Her research and teaching interests include health law, bioethics and law, disability law, elder law, empirical legal studies, law and sociology, private law, and public health law. Her scholarship has been published or accepted for publication in the Maryland Law Review, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, North Carolina Law Review, Stanford Technology Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, Yale Law and Policy Review, Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics, JAMA Internal Medicine, and the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, among others.

Prior to earning her J.D., Professor Wright served as a law and social science research fellow at the James E. Rogers College of Law and as a qualitative analyst at the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, both at the University of Arizona.

Law Review Publications

End of Life and Autonomy:  The Case for Relational Nudges in End-of-Life Decision-Making Law and Policy, 77 MD. L. Rev. 1062 (2018).

Installment Housing Contracts:  Presumptively Unconscionable, 18 Berkeley J. Afr.-Am. L. & Pol’y 97 (2016). 

Comment, A Case for Randomized, Double-Blinded, Sham-Controlled Class III Medical Device Trials, 34 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 199 (2016).

Symposium, Perceptions of Efficacy, Morality, and Politics of Potential Cadaveric Organ Transplantation Reforms:  A Randomized Population-based Experiment, 77 Law & Contemp. Probs. 101 (2014), with Christopher T. Robertson and David V. Yokum (third author). 

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Community Engagement:  Perspectives on an Essential Element of Juvenile Drug Courts Implementing Reclaiming Futures, 10 Drug Court Rev. 116 (2016), with Alison Greene, Kendra Thompson-Dyck, Monica Davis, and Katie Haverly (third author) (peer-reviewed). 

Guardianship and End-of-Life Decision Making, 175 JAMA Internal Med. 1687 (2015), with Andrew B. Cohen, Leo Cooney, Jr., and Terri Fried (second author) (peer-reviewed). 

Heterogeneity in IRB Policies with Regard to Disclosures about Payment for Participation in Recruitment Materials, 42 J.L. Med. & Ethics 375 (2014), with Christopher T. Robertson (peer-reviewed). 

Co-authored Publications on Severe Brain Injury and the Law

When Biomarkers Are Not Enough:  FDA Evaluation of Effectiveness of Neuropsychiatric Devices for Disorders of Consciousness, __ Stanford Tech. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2018), with Keturah James, Adam Pan, and Joseph J. Fins.

Severe Brain Injury and the Law:  Achieving Justice for a Marginalized Population, 45 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 313 (2018), with Nina Varsava, Joel Ramirez, Kyle Edwards, Nathan Guevremont, Tamar Ezer, and Joseph J. Fins.

Disorders of Consciousness, Agency, and Healthcare Decision-Making:  Lessons from a Developmental Model, 9 AJOB Neuroscience 55 (2018), with Claudia Kraft, Michael R. Ulrich, and Joseph J. Fins (peer-reviewed). 

Rights Language and Disorders of Consciousness:  A Call for Advocacy, 32 Brain Injury 670 (2018), with Joseph J. Fins (second author) (peer-reviewed). 

Guardianship and Clinical Research Participation:  The Case of Wards with Disorders of Consciousness, 27 Kennedy Inst. Ethics J. 43 (2017), with Michael R. Ulrich and Joseph J. Fins (peer-reviewed). 

Rehabilitation, Education, and the Integration of Individuals with Severe Brain Injury into Civil Society:  Towards an Expanded Rights Agenda in Response to New Insights from Translational Neuroethics and Neuroscience, 16 Yale J. Health Pol’y L. & Ethics 233 (2016), with Joseph J. Fins (peer-reviewed). 

Whither the “Improvement Standard”?  Coverage for Severe Brain Injury after Jimmo v. Sebelius, 44 J.L. Med. & Ethics 182 (2016), with Joseph J. Fins, Claudia Kraft, Alix Rogers, Marina B. Romani, Samantha Godwin, and Michael R. Ulrich (second author) (peer-reviewed). 

Lincoln’s Promise:  Congress, Veterans, and Traumatic Brain Injury, Hastings Ctr. Forum Blog, June 21, 2016, with Michael R. Ulrich, Kyle Edwards, Nathan Guevremont, Joel Ramirez, Nina Varsava, and Joseph J. Fins (second author).

Book Chapters and Reviews

Legal Changes to Facilitate Inclusion of Participants with Impaired Cognition in Research, in Research Involving Participants with Impaired Cognition (eds. Ariel Cascio and Eric Racine forthcoming 2019).

Mock Juror and Jury Assessment of Blind Expert Witnesses, in Blinding as a Solution to Bias:  Strengthening Biomedical Science, Forensic Science, and Law (eds. Christopher T. Robertson and Aaron S. Kesselheim 2016), with Christopher T. Robertson and David V. Yokum.

  • Recipient of 2013 Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Poster Award

The Man Question:  Male Subordination and Privilege, Teachers College Record (2011) (reviewing Nancy E. Dowd’s The Man Question (2010)). 

Short Commentary

Change without Change?  Assessing Medicare Reimbursement for Advance Care Planning, 48 Hastings Ctr. Rep. 8 (2018).