Deb Bennett-Woods Ed. D.
With 30 years experience in the health care industry, Deb Bennett-Woods brings an interesting combination of experience in strategic leadership, organizational development, management theory and applied ethics to her work in the area of nanotechnology and other emerging technologies.
EducationShe holds a B.S. in psychology and vocational rehabilitation, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado.
Career HighlightsDr. Deb Bennett-Woods is an associate professor in the Department of Health Care Ethics at Regis University in Denver, CO, where she also directs the Center for Ethics and Leadership in the Health Professions. She is a Fellow of the Center on Nanotechnology and Society in the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute on Technology. She is also a board-certified Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and holds credentials with the American Health Information Management Association. Prior to her current position, she was the founding Director of the Department of Health Care Ethics and the Director of the Department of Health Services Administration and Management, also at Regis University.
She currently teaches courses with an applied focus in health care ethics across all graduate and undergraduate programs in the Rueckert-Hartman School for Health Professions. From 1993 to 2000, she was the Director of the Department of Health Services Administration and Management at Regis University where she administered programs in Health Information Management, Medical Imaging Management and Health Care Administration, and coordinated the design and launch of the graduate program in Health Services Administration. Prior to 1993, Dr. Bennett-Woods has 12 years of administrative experience in health care settings.
She was a member of the Task Force on Social and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology of the Colorado Nanotechnology Initiative and currently serves on the Environmental, Health & Safety Committee of the Colorado Nanotechnology Alliance. She has presented at both national and international conferences on the topic of ethical issues in nanotechnology. Her particular interests lie in the areas of emerging technologies in health care, and the convergence of technologies such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and robotics as they relate to health care and related social policy, as well as the deeper philosophical questions regarding human enhancement and life extension.
She is published on a variety of topics including two proprietary texts commissioned for use by Regis University and The College Network entitled Ethics and Society (2002) and Research in Nursing (2003).
BooksNanotechnology: Ethics and Society (CRC Press) January 2008
Bennett-Woods, D., Boucher, P., Frye, T., Priest, S., & Shatkin, J. (2008, in press). Societal Implications of Nano. (In G.L. Hornyak, H.F. Tibbals, & J. Dutta.). Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Florida: CRC Press.
Bennett-Woods, D. (2007). Anticipating the Impact of Nano-Science and Technology in Health Care. Nanoscale: Issues and Perspectives for the Nano Century. Nigel Cameron (Ed.). John Wiley & Sons.
Bennett-Woods, D. (2007) Integrating Ethical Considerations Into Funding Decisions for Emerging Technologies, Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business, 4(1), online.
Bennett-Woods, D. (2006). Nanotechnology in Medicine: Implications of Converging Technologies on the Human Community. Development 49(4): 54-59.