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Julie Aultman, Ph.D.

Julie Aultman, Ph.D.

Phone: 330.325.6113
Email: jmaultma@neomed.edu

Room: G-129
Hours: By appointment

Academic Title(s)

  • Professor, Family and Community Medicine

Administrative Titles

  • Interim Dean/Vice Dean College of Graduate Studies
  • Professor, Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine
  • Director, Medical Ethics and Humanities Program


Dr. Aultman has over 100 publications including various chapters, peer-reviewed articles, edited book, and case presentations in ethics and the health humanities focusing on marginalized populations, including articles detailing the ethics of COVID-19 pandemic, narrative medicine in pediatric settings, and a recent article titled The Segregated Gun: Representations of the Gun in Film and Its Meaning and Impact on the Black Community, Springer Nature, Palgrave Macmillan Humanities and Social Sciences 7, 44 (2020) with colleagues Elizabeth Piatt and Jason Piatt.

She is currently completing a book on refugee ethics titled Global Ethics and Social Justice for Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Migrants with Springer Publishers’ Global Health Book Series.

Area of Expertise/Research Interests

My research areas include mental health practice and law and psychiatric ethics, including developmental disabilities, particularly the lived experiences of children with autism and their caregivers, addiction, concepts of mental illness, boundary violations, and involuntary care. I public health ethics, narrative medicine and ethics. I have also engaged in projects focusing on social justice, public health ethics, advance care planning and end of life issues.


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Concentration in Medical Ethics, Cognitive Science, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • MA, Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • BA, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA


  • “Patient, Physician, and Community” Co-Course director for PPC 3-5.
  • College of Graduate Studies: Foundations in Humanities, Responsible Conduct of Research, Research Ethics, Psychiatric Ethics, Primary Care Ethics, Clinical Ethics, Health Care Justice, Health Law, Organizational Ethics, Masters Thesis I, Masters Thesis II, Practicum.

Academic & Professional Activities

  • American Medical Association, Editorial board of the AMA Journal of Ethics
  • Direction Home, Board of Directors, non-profit organization providing care across the lifespan in Northeast Ohio.
  • Western Reserve Medical Education, Board of Directors, Youngstown, Ohio
  • Clinical Ethicist, Ethics Committee Member, Akron Children’s Hospital
  • NIH-appointed Data Safety Monitoring Board for NHLBI and NICHD


  • President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, 2021
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Award of 2020, awarded Spring 2021
  • M2 Class Teacher of the Year Award, 2020
  • 2020 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, The Press Club of Cleveland; Single Essay Award, 2nd place for “Caring for Our Refugees,” Ignite Magazine, Fall 2019
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 7th Annual John A. Benson Jr., MD Professionalism Article Prize for “Remembering Freddie Gray: Medical Education for Social Justice, “Academic Medicine (Wear, Zarconi, Aultman, Kumagai, and Chyatte) Spring 2017 (2016 Award presented in 2017).


  • Master Teacher Guild – Master Teacher


  • Julie M. Aultman, “Ethical, Legal, and Clinical Considerations for Refugee Mental Health Care Access and Delivery, XXXVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic, July 2017
  • Julie M. Aultman, “Moral Failings: The Refugee Crisis in Central America,” European Society of Philosophy Medicine and Healthcare, Conference on Philosophy and Health Care, August 17-20, Zagreb, Croatia, 2016.
  • Julie M. Aultman, Addressing Mental Health Care and Advocacy Among Refugee Populations Through a Narrative-Capabilities Framework, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, Kansas City, MO, October 19-22, 2017
  • Julie M. Aultman, Jessica Heffner, “Forced to Care: Why Primary Care Needs Narrative Ethics to Understand Autism and Its Effect on Family, ” North American Primary Care Research Group, NAPCRG Annual Meeting October 24-28, Cancun, Mexico.
  • Julie M. Aultman, XXXIV International Congress on Law and Mental Health, “Ethical and Legal Challenges of Dimensional Disorders as Classified by the DSM-5 and ICD-10,” Monday TB July 13, 2015, Vienna, Austria.



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