Current Position and Professional Functions

Professor Gibson is Sun Life Financial Chair in Bioethics and Director of the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. She is Associate Professor in the Division of Clinical Public Health and the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Jennifer has a PhD in Philosophy with a focus on ethical issues in contemporary health institutions and systems. Jennifer has advised governments and policymakers on topics such as medical assistance in dying, public health emergency preparedness, health technology assessment, drug funding and supply, and resource allocation. Jennifer is Chair of the COVID-19 Bioethics Table in the Ontario health system response structure. At the Joint Centre for Bioethics, Jennifer founded and leads the 'Ethics and AI for Good Health' program to explore and engage emerging ethical and social issues associated with AI-enabled technologies in health care and public health.

Education and Training

She holds a PhD in philosophy, with a specialization in Bioethics, from the University of Toronto; MA in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario; BA in Philosophy (with distinction) from the University of Calgary and BSc in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology from the University of Calgary.

In 2012, she was the inaugural recipient of the Ross Upshur Award for Excellence in Course Direction.


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Research Interests and Expertise

Professor Gibson's research and professional activities are organized in three overlapping areas of inquiry and practice:

1) Ethics and Values in Health Policy (health policy ethics),

2) Priority Setting in Health Care (resource allocation ethics), and

3) Ethics and Health Institutions (organizational ethics).

Her overarching program of research seeks to advance knowledge about the role and influence of ethics and values at the level of health institutions and systems, and to build capacity for addressing ethical issues and values‐based challenges at this level by translating this knowledge into novel decision‐making approaches, tools, and resources.

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