Biography - Elisa Hurley

Elisa HurleyOn December 3, PRIM&R’s Board of Directors announced that Elisa A. Hurley, PhD, has been selected as PRIM&R’s next executive director, effective April 1, 2014.

Dr. Hurley received a BA in philosophy from Brown University and a PhD in philosophy from Georgetown University. Her doctoral research examined the moral significance of emotions. From 2006 to 2007, Dr. Hurley held a Greenwall Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Bioethics and Health Policy at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Her post-doctoral work focused on the ethical implications of emerging technologies for manipulating traumatic memories.

As PRIM&R’s education director, Dr. Hurley has overseen curriculum development and faculty cultivation for PRIM&R’s suite of in-person and virtual educational programs, including its annual conferences; managed PRIM&R’s public policy activities; and served as a member of PRIM&R’s senior management team. Dr. Hurley also has taught webinars and short courses for PRIM&R; has been a blog contributor for both PRIM&R and other research-focused organizations; and has represented PRIM&R and its mission at meetings in the United States and abroad, including, most recently, the Department of Health and Human Services’ August 2013 public forum on human subjects protections for research on standard of care. Dr. Hurley is co-author of a chapter in the forthcoming book, The Future of Human Subjects Research (MIT Press), and currently serves as a nonaffiliated member on both an institutional review board and an institutional animal care and use committee.

Prior to arriving at PRIM&R in 2010, Dr. Hurley was an assistant professor of philosophy at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, where her research and teaching focused on biomedical ethics, moral philosophy, and moral psychology. Dr. Hurley grew up in Southern California but is happy to call New England home.