Kieran O’Doherty is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph. As a researcher focused on the social and ethical aspects of science and technology, he has expertise in health, public deliberation, bioethics, qualitative methods, the human microbiome, the ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics, and theoretical psychology. As part of his work in the Discourse, Science, Publics Lab, Kieran has helped develop methods for public deliberation that allow community members to provide input on policy decisions for complex, controversial topics such as childhood vaccination and the use of personal data for research. His community-engaged work in this area is motivated by the belief that policy decisions that affect large numbers of people should be informed not only by experts, but also by the people that they will affect.
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