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Stephen Scher, PhD, JD

McLean Hospital Title
  • Senior Editor, Harvard Review of Psychiatry

Harvard Medical School Title
  • Lecturer on Psychiatry, Part-Time


Stephen Scher, PhD, JD, taught clinical medical ethics in HMS hospitals in the 1980s, spent several years at Yale Law School and Yale School of Management (teaching professional ethics and organizational behavior) in the 1990s, and joined the editorial staffs of the American Journal of International Law in 1999 and Harvard Review of Psychiatry in 2003. In 2016, he stepped down as senior editor of the American Journal. He is now in his fifteenth year as senior editor of the Harvard Review.

Dr. Scher contributes regularly to New Matilda, an Australian political affairs website. He has edited two books on professional ethics and written articles ranging over health care politics and policy, bioethics, mediation, dispute resolution, American politics, and (on the scientific side) conversion disorders, treatment of somatic symptoms, and attachment.


Book cover - Rethinking Health Care Ethics

Rethinking Health Care Ethics
by Stephen Scher, Kasia Kozlowska
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Book cover - Social Controls of the Medical Profession

Social Controls and the Medical Profession
Edited by Judith P. Swazey, Stephen R. Scher
(Oelgeschlager, Gunn & Hain, 1985)

Book cover - Whistleblowing in Biomedical Research

Whistleblowing in Biomedical Research
Edited by Judith P. Swazey, Stephen R. Scher
(President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, 1982)

Education & Training

  • 1968 AB in Philosophy, Princeton University
  • 1971 EdM, Harvard University
  • 1973 AM in Philosophy, Brown University
  • 1975 MSL, Yale Law School
  • 1977 JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • 1977 PhD in Philosophy, Brown University
  • 1971-1974 National Defense Education Act Title IV Fellowship, Harvard University/Brown University
  • 1974-1975 Brown University Grand Army of the Republic Fellowship Yale Law School
  • 1975-1977 University of Pennsylvania Law School Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania