Stephanie Morain is a doctoral candidate in Harvard University's Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy, with a concentration in Ethics. Her research interests include the empirical evaluation of health law issues, the ethics of faculty-industry relationships, and public health ethics, with a particular focus on the appropriate scope of government authority in public health interventions. Additional interests include public opinion and its use in public health policymaking. Her dissertation research, funded through a grant by the Greenwall Foundation, examines the moral legitimacy of public health interventions and the legitimate scope of government authority to address non-communicable disease.
The recipient of a Safra Center Graduate Fellowship for the 2012-13 term, Stephanie continues to explore the legitimacy of government authority in public health health, as well as academic-industry relationships and conflict of interest issues within academic medical centers. Through additional work supported by Harvard Catalyst, and in cooperation with the University of Maryland and the Network for Public Health Law, Stephanie is also conducting an implementation study of state laws addressing concussions in youth sports.