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Adjunct Research Fellow in Bioethics, Monash University

Paul Biegler graduated from Monash University with an MBBS in 1987, specialised in Emergency Medicine, and practiced for two decades. He was awarded Masters (2002) and PhD (2008) degrees from Monash University's Centre for Human Bioethics. His book The Ethical Treatment of Depression: Autonomy through Psychotherapy (MIT Press 2011) won the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics. He won the 2012 Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Prize for an op-ed in the Sydney Morning Herald on cognitive biases in climate scepticism and a Radio National interview on the treatment of depression.


  • 2014–present
    Adjunct Research Fellow, Monash University
  • 2010–2014
    ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Monash University
  • 2001–2012
    Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine, Alfred Health
  • 2003–2010
    Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Monash University
  • 2008–2009
    Tutor, School of Philosophy and Bioethics, Monash University
  • 1997–2000
    Staff Specialist in Emergency Medicine, Monash Medical Centre


  • 2008 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 2002 
    Monash University, Master of Bioethics
  • 1998 
    Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, Fellowship
  • 1994 
    Royal College of Anaesthetists (United Kingdom), Diploma of Anaesthetics
  • 1987 
    Monash University, MBBS


  • 2016
    Feeling is believing: evaluative conditioning and the ethics of pharmaceutical advertising, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
  • 2015
    Censorship, Encylopedia of Global Bioethics
  • 2015
    Ethics of Implicit Persuasion in Pharmaceutical Advertising (with Jeanette Kennett, Justin Oakley, Patrick Vargas), Handbook of Neuroethics
  • 2015
    Filling in the gaps: priming and the ethics of pharmaceutical advertising, Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal
  • 2014
    Tricks of the trade in drug promotion: non-propositional content in pharmaceutical advertising to health professionals, Australian Prescriber
  • 2014
    In defence of mandatory bicycle helmet legislation: response to Hooper and Spicer (with Marilyn Johnson), Journal of Medical Ethics
  • 2014
    Placebogenic potential is no reason to favour pharmaceutical advertising, Journal of Business Ethics
  • 2013
    Public distress as a moral consideration in after-birth abortion, Journal of Medical Ethics
  • 2013
    Ban the sunset? Non-propositional content and regulation of pharmaceutical advertising (with Patrick Vargas), American Journal of Bioethics
  • 2011
    The ethical treatment of depression: autonomy through psychotherapy, MIT Press
  • 2010
    Autonomy and ethical treatment in depression, Bioethics
  • 2008
    Autonomy, stress, and treatment of depression, British Medical Journal
  • 2004
    Primer on the law of competence to refuse medical treatment (with Cameron Stewart), Australian Law Journal
  • 2003
    Should patient consent be required to write a do-not-resuscitate order? , Journal of Medical Ethics
  • 2001
    Assessing competence to refuse medical treatment (with Cameron Stewart), Medical Journal of Australia
  • 2000
    Determining the validity of advance directives (with Cameron Stewart, Julian Savulescu, Loane Skene, Medical Journal of Australia

Grants and Contracts

  • 2010
    Bicycle crash mechanisms in Bayside Melbourne: implications for education and infrastructure
    Principal Researcher
    Funding Source:
    VicRoads, Bayside City Council, Kingston City Council
  • 2010
    Implicit persuasion in pharmaceutical marketing: ethical implications for regulators and consumers
    Australian Postdoctoral Fellow and Lead Chief Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council

Research Areas

  • Bioethics (Human And Animal) (220101)