Francis X. Shen

Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD

Lecturer on Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Member, HMS Center for Bioethics

Francis X. Shen, JD, PhD is a lecturer on psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard University affiliated professor at Harvard Law School, and a member of the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics.

Previously, Dr. Shen was a Professor of Law, McKnight Presidential Fellow, and faculty member in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. He is also a faculty member and past Executive Director of the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior (CLBB) at MGH, and serves as the Executive Director of Education and Outreach for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience. In fall 2020 he was a Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he co-taught Criminal Law with Judge (Ret.) Nancy Gertner. He served as a member of the Neuroethics Subgroup of the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director BRAIN Initiative Working Group, and speaks nationally and internationally about the emerging intersection of neuroscience and law.

Dr. Shen directs the Shen Lab: Law, Ethics, Neuroscience & Artificial Intelligence, whose Lab motto is, “Every story is a brain story.” He conducts empirical and legal research at the intersection of law, ethics, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. He has co-authored 3 books, including the first Law and Neuroscience casebook (Aspen), and published articles on a range of neurolaw and neuroethics topics, including the computational phenotyping, portable neuroimaging, memory and lie detection, cognitive enhancement, criminal justice, brain injury, evidentiary admissibility, sports concussion, juror decision-making, criminal mental states, dementia, and mental health. With co-PIs Susan Wolf and Frances Lawrenz at the University of Minnesota and a national working group, Dr. Shen is leading an NIH BRAIN RF1 project on Highly Portable and Cloud-Enabled Neuroimaging Research: Confronting Ethics Challenges in Field Research with New Populations. In 2021, he was awarded the Early Career Scholars Medal by the American Law Institute, one of two medals awarded every other year by the ALI, for being “a pioneer in establishing the interdisciplinary field of law and neuroscience.” He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, his JD from Harvard Law School, and his PhD from the Harvard Government Department and Harvard Kennedy School Program on Social Policy.

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Returning Individual Research Results from Digital Phenotyping in Psychiatry.
Authors: Authors: Shen FX, Baum ML, Martinez-Martin N, Miner AS, Abraham M, Brownstein CA, Cortez N, Evans BJ, Germine LT, Glahn DC, Grady C, Holm IA, Hurley EA, Kimble S, Lázaro-Muñoz G, Leary K, Marks M, Monette PJ, Onnela JP, O'Rourke PP, Rauch SL, Shachar C, Sen S, Vahia I, Vassy JL, Baker JT, Bierer BE, Silverman BC.
Am J Bioeth
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Brain imaging with portable low-field MRI.
Authors: Authors: Kimberly WT, Sorby-Adams AJ, Webb AG, Wu EX, Beekman R, Bowry R, Schiff SJ, de Havenon A, Shen FX, Sze G, Schaefer P, Iglesias JE, Rosen MS, Sheth KN.
Nat Rev Bioeng
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An Ethics Checklist for Digital Health Research in Psychiatry: Viewpoint.
Authors: Authors: Shen FX, Silverman BC, Monette P, Kimble S, Rauch SL, Baker JT.
J Med Internet Res
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Emerging ethical issues raised by highly portable MRI research in remote and resource-limited international settings.
Authors: Authors: Shen FX, Wolf SM, Bhavnani S, Deoni S, Elison JT, Fair D, Garwood M, Gee MS, Geethanath S, Kay K, Lim KO, Lockwood Estrin G, Luciana M, Peloquin D, Rommelfanger K, Schiess N, Siddiqui K, Torres E, Vaughan JT.
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A Historic Opportunity to Update Asylum Law's Outdated Assumptions About Trauma and Memory.
Authors: Authors: Shortell E, Petriceks AH, Shen FX, Edersheim JG.
Ann Intern Med
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Continuing the Dialog on Human-Animal Chimerism: Response to Bolo, Wills, and Maschke.
Authors: Authors: Crane AT, Shen FX, Low WC.
Stem Cell Reports
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Racial Injustice and Neuroethics: Time for Action.
Authors: Authors: Shen FX.
AJOB Neurosci
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The American Public Is Ready to Accept Human-Animal Chimera Research.
Authors: Authors: Crane AT, Shen FX, Brown JL, Cormack W, Ruiz-Estevez M, Voth JP, Sawai T, Hatta T, Fujita M, Low WC.
Stem Cell Reports
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Ethical Issues Posed by Field Research Using Highly Portable and Cloud-Enabled Neuroimaging.
Authors: Authors: Shen FX, Wolf SM, Gonzalez RG, Garwood M.
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The Legal Implications of Detecting Alzheimer's Disease Earlier.
Authors: Authors: Preston J, McTeigue J, Opperman C, Scott Krieg JD, Brandt-Fontaine M, Yasis A, Shen FX.
AMA J Ethics
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