Charlotte R. Blease, PhD
Dr. Charlotte Blease is an interdisciplinary health researcher who has published 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. A former Fulbright Scholar at Harvard Medical School, she is currently a Keane Scholar at OpenNotes, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Charlotte has held academic appointments in the USA, UK, Ireland, and Germany.
Charlotte is passionate about public understanding of medicine and healthcare. In 2012 she was a winner of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers. She has been consulted by BBC TV and Radio, and her research has been profiled in Wired, The Week, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald and other media outlets. Her philosophy outreach work has been recognized by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
PSYCHOLOGY OF MEDICAL
This talk unpicks the hidden psychology of doctor-patient encounters. The talk was recorded at TEDx Fulbright Dublin (April, 2014). Entitled 'Hypocritcal Oaths: Medicine's Dirty Secrets', it was selected from over 30,000 talks as a TEDx Editor's Pick in August 2014.
PLACEBOS: WHAT THEY ARE, AND HOW THEY SHOULD BE USED
What is the placebo effect and what is meant by 'placebos' in clinical practice? These questions become even trickier in the context of psychotherapy. Dr. Blease's pioneering research investigates whether therapists accurately describe or understand their own practices; what it means to talk about placebos in psychotherapy; and the ethical question about whether talking therapies just are placebos.