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Joan McIver Gibson PhD

Joan McIver Gibson, PhD, is a philosopher and consultant in applied ethics, bioethics, and values-based decision-making. She has over 30 years of teaching, training, consulting, and administrative work in a variety of settings: universities, business, state and federal government, health care, community, and research organizations.

She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1965, and in 1974 earned her PhD in philosophy from the University of California at San Diego. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In 2003 she retired as the founder and director of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Ethics Program, and for twenty years she chaired a hospital ethics committee in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is co-author of A Field Guide to Good Decisions: Values in Action (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2006), and Health Care Ethics Committees: The Next Generation (Chicago: American Hospital Association, 1993). She has published numerous articles and book chapters on bioethics, applied ethics, ethics committees, and values-based decision-making.

Her latest book, PAUSE: How to Turn Tough Choices into Strong Decisions, published in May, 2013, offers practical advice on making difficult personal decisions where the stakes are high and the values run deep.