PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1999
Maria Merritt is a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. A major objective of Dr. Merritt’s current research, in collaboration with colleagues, is to develop a novel methodology for considering social justice impacts side-by-side with cost-effectiveness as part of economic evaluation in health policy. Dr. Merritt’s other areas of scholarly interest include the ethics of public health research in low- and middle-income countries – particularly questions about researchers’ responsibilities to benefit research participants and populations – and moral psychology, the study of feeling, thought, and action in morally significant contexts.
Dr. Merritt serves as Associate Chair for Student Matters in the JHSPH Department of International Health, and as Program Officer for the JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics.
Honors and Awards
Student Assembly Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Success, 2017
Principal Investigator, NIH award number 1R01AI114458-01A1, 2015-19, "Assessing Social Justice in Economic Evaluation to Scale up Novel MDR-TB Regimens" (award issued by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
Recognition for teaching excellence as principal instructor of JHSPH course, Ethics of Public Health Practice in Developing Countries: 221.616.01 (classroom version) -- 4th term 2016-17; 2015-16; 2014-15; 2012-13; and 2011-12; 221.616.81 (online version) -- 4th term 2016-17
Co-Investigator, NIH award number 1R01AI085147-01A1, 2010-14, "Ancillary Care in Community-Based Research: Deciding What to Do" (PI Holly A. Taylor; award issued by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
Greenwall Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics career development award, 2009-12, “Researchers’ Obligations in Community-Based Research: Resolving Dilemmas of Care”
Faculty Innovation Fund, 2007-08, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, "Ancillary Care in Public Health Intervention Research in Resource-Limited Settings: Researchers' Practices and Decision-Making"(Co-PI Holly A. Taylor)
Faculty Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, Harvard University, 2005-06
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Clinical Bioethics, National Institutes of Health, 2000-02
Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University, 1987-90