Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry (Sociology)
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Charles W. Lidz, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry (Sociology) at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Lidz previously served as director of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mental Health Services Research. Dr. Lidz has done considerable well respected research on bioethics in the real world setting. Dr. Lidz published the first comprehensive study of informed consent in psychiatric research in the early 1980s. Dr. Lidz’s research led to the discovery of the “therapeutic misconception,” one of the core concepts in informed consent in research. Dr. Lidz led the MacArthur Foundation study on coercion in psychiatric care that produced the first systematic measurement of the nature and frequency of coercion in psychiatric admissions. Dr. Lidz directed a study of autonomy and dignity in nursing homes that helped refocus dialogue on the personal indignities that patients experience in the setting. Dr. Lidz has also done several major studies on violence and mental illness that significantly changed that field of research. Dr. Lidz’s current research includes a study of central IRBs and an experimental study to reduce therapeutic misconception in informed consent to clinical trial participation. Dr. Lidz is writing a book on changes in systems of social control over the past four centuries.
Thursday, November 15
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Saturday, November 17
10:00 AM – 11:15 AM