John Sadler, Professor of Psychiatry & Foster Professor of Ethics
John Z. Sadler, M.D. is currently a Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences and The Daniel W. Foster, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Sadler directs the Division of Ethics in the Department of Psychiatry and is the institution-wide Director of the Program in Ethics in Science & Medicine at UT Southwestern. He is a UT Southwestern Distinguished Teaching Professor, and a member of the University of Texas Health Science System’s Shine Academy of Health Education, which recognizes accomplished teachers throughout the University of Texas Health Science System.
Dr. Sadler received his B.S. Degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University and his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine. He trained in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Following his residency he joined the faculty at UT Southwestern and has remained there since. Over his faculty career at Southwestern, he has served as a clinical ethics consultant, a research ethics consultant, a C/L and outpatient psychiatry attending physician, and the chair of UT Southwestern’s Institutional Review Board #3. His highlights of his educational activities including multiple seminars for psychiatry residents, directing UT Southwestern’s Ethics Grand Rounds program, and directing the UT Southwestern Colleges ethics curriculum since the Colleges were conceived.
Dr. Sadler is one of the founders of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry, as well as the International Network of Philosophy and Psychiatry, which are American and international networks, respectively, of scholars working at the interface of philosophy and mental health. His video archive of philosophers of psychiatry, www.psagacity.org , offers substantive high-definition video interviews of notable scholars in this field.
Dr. Sadler’s career has spanned research, education, administration, and clinical practice. His research in medical education has addressed course design, virtue education, and “value-added” assessment of educational outcomes. His main research area has been in the philosophy and ethics realm - from clinical ethics, to research ethics, to the philosophy of psychiatry. He is Editor-In-Chief of the Johns Hopkins University Press journal, Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology and the Oxford University Press book series, “International Perspectives on Philosophy and Psychiatry” the latter currently spanning over 50 volumes. His most recent co-edited books are the reference text for Oxford University Press, the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (2013), and the 94-chapter, 1500 word Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics, published July 2015. In collaboration with a Swiss team of psychologists, Manuel Trachsel, Nikola Biller-Adorno, and Jens Gab, he is currently assisting with the Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics. Dr. Sadler has published dozens of articles, edited or co-edited five books, several special issues of professional journals, and authored a comprehensive monograph, Values and Psychiatric Diagnosis, published in 2005 and in collaboration with philosopher Jennifer Radden, The Virtuous Psychiatrist: Character Ethics in Psychiatric Practice (2009). His follow-up to Values and Psychiatric Diagnosis, “Vice and Psychiatric Diagnosis,” is in preparation. He lectures on these topics all over the world.