The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) is supported by the Dean's Office at the University of Michigan Medical School, the Department of Internal Medicine, and the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Center for Clinical Management Research, and is co-directed by Drs. Raymond De Vries and Brian Zikmund-Fisher. CBSSM was established in July 2010 at the University of Michigan Medical School through the merger of the Bioethics Program with the Center for Behavioral and Decision Sciences in Medicine (CBDSM).
The mission of CBSSM is to be the premier intellectual gathering place of clinicians, social scientists, bioethicists, and all others interested in improving individual and societal health through research, education, and public outreach.
CBSSM is a multidisciplinary unit integrating bioethics with key social science disciplines, bringing together into one entity research, education, and policy/public outreach. The primary research interests of CBSSM faculty focus on five overarching themes:
- Clinical and research ethics
- Health communication and decision-making
- Medicine and society
- Health, justice and community
- Genomics, health and society
CBSSM attracts scholars from across departmental and disciplinary boundaries and in so doing, provides fertile ground for new synergies. Our team includes:
- Social and cognitive psychologists
- Behavioral economists
- Clinicians from many specialties
- Decision scientists
- Survey methodologists
- Public health researchers
Currently, CBSSM is housed in the North Campus Research Complex in Ann Arbor. Faculty investigators, project managers, and research associates are supported by a core administrative and financial staff. CBSSM gives considerable attention to training the next generation of interdisciplinary scholars, offering support to junior investigators who can collaborate with seasoned researchers in an umbrella organization.