Marsha Michie, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor


Marsha Michie is an anthropologist and empirical bioethicist who studies social and ethical issues in genetics, including moral and religious perspectives. Dr. Michie has conducted qualitative research on families of children with genetic disorders, on the understandings and self-perceptions of genetic research participants, and on individual and community religious identities. Her dissertation was a long-term ethnography of an independent Pentecostal church community in North Carolina.

Dr. Michie's current research examines social and ethical issues in the translation of non-invasive prenatal genetic screening from laboratory innovation to a recommended component of prenatal care, through interviews and mixed-method research with patients, obstetricians, and other stakeholders in this technology.



Allyse M, Aypar U, Bonhomme N, Darilek S, Dougherty M, Farrell R, Grody W, Highsmith WE, Michie M, Nunes M, Otto L, Pabst R, Palomaki G, Runke C, Sharp RR, Skotko B, Stoll K, Wick M. Offering Prenatal Screening in the Age of Genomic Medicine: A Practical Guide. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2017 Jul; 26(7):755-761.
Mozersky J, Ravitsky V, Rapp R, Michie M, Chandrasekharan S, Allyse M. Toward an Ethically Sensitive Implementation of Noninvasive Prenatal Screening in the Global Context. Hastings Cent Rep. 2017 Mar; 47(2):41-49.
Stoll KA, Mackison A, Allyse MA, Michie M. Conflicts of interest in genetic counseling: acknowledging and accepting. Genet Med. 2017 Aug; 19(8):864-866.
Allyse M, Evans JP, Michie M. Dr. Pangloss's Clinic: Prenatal Whole Genome Sequencing and a Return to Reality. Am J Bioeth. 2017 Jan; 17(1):21-23.
Michie M, Kraft SA, Minear MA, Ryan RR, Allyse MA. Informed decision-making about prenatal cfDNA screening: An assessment of written materials. Ethics Med Public Health. 2016 Jul-Sep; 2(3):362-371.
Meredith S, Kaposy C, Miller VJ, Allyse M, Chandrasekharan S, Michie M. Impact of the increased adoption of prenatal cfDNA screening on non-profit patient advocacy organizations in the United States. Prenat Diagn. 2016 Aug; 36(8):714-9.
Floyd E, Allyse MA, Michie M. Spanish- and English-Speaking Pregnant Women's Views on cfDNA and Other Prenatal Screening: Practical and Ethical Reflections. J Genet Couns. 2016 Oct; 25(5):965-77.
Steinbach RJ, Allyse M, Michie M, Liu EY, Cho MK. "This lifetime commitment": Public conceptions of disability and noninvasive prenatal genetic screening. Am J Med Genet A. 2016 Feb; 170A(2):363-74.
Haase R, Michie M, Skinner D. Flexible positions, managed hopes: the promissory bioeconomy of a whole genome sequencing cancer study. Soc Sci Med. 2015 Apr; 130:146-53.
Michie M, Allyse M. Findings of nonparentage: a case for autonomy. Pediatrics. 2015 Jan; 135(1):e284-5.
Allyse M, Sayres LC, Goodspeed T, Michie M, Cho MK. "Don't Want No Risk and Don't Want No Problems": Public Understandings of the Risks and Benefits of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing in the United States. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2015; 6(1):5-20.
Minear MA, Alessi S, Allyse M, Michie M, Chandrasekharan S. Noninvasive Prenatal Genetic Testing: Current and Emerging Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues. Annu Rev Genomics Hum Genet. 2015; 16:369-98.
Michie M, Allyse M. Old Questions, New Paradigms: Ethical, Legal, and Social Complications of Noninvasive Prenatal Testing. AJOB Empir Bioeth. 2015 Jan 01; 6(1):1-4.
Allyse M, Michie M, Mozersky J, Rapp R. Cherchez la Femme: Reproductive CRISPR and Women's Choices. Am J Bioeth. 2015; 15(12):47-9.
Allyse M, Michie M. Not-so-incidental findings: the ACMG recommendations on the reporting of incidental findings in clinical whole genome and whole exome sequencing. Trends Biotechnol. 2013 Aug; 31(8):439-41.
Michie M, Cadigan RJ, Henderson G, Beskow LM. Am I a control?: Genotype-driven research recruitment and self-understandings of study participants. Genet Med. 2012 Dec; 14(12):983-9.
Henderson GE, Juengst ET, King NM, Kuczynski K, Michie M. What research ethics should learn from genomics and society research: lessons from the ELSI Congress of 2011. J Law Med Ethics. 2012; 40(4):1008-24.
Cadigan RJ, Michie M, Henderson G, Davis AM, Beskow LM. The meaning of genetic research results: reflections from individuals with and without a known genetic disorder. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2011 Dec; 6(4):30-40.
Beskow LM, Namey EE, Cadigan RJ, Brazg T, Crouch J, Henderson GE, Michie M, Nelson DK, Tabor HK, Wilfond BS. Research participants' perspectives on genotype-driven research recruitment. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2011 Dec; 6(4):3-20.
Michie M, Henderson G, Garrett J, Corbie-Smith G. "If I could in a small way help": motivations for and beliefs about sample donation for genetic research. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2011 Jun; 6(2):57-70.
Michie M, Skinner D. Narrating disability, narrating religious practice: reconciliation and fragile X syndrome. Intellect Dev Disabil. 2010 Apr; 48(2):99-111.
Michie M, Kraft S, Minear MA, Ryan R, Allyse MA. Informed decision-making about prenatal cfDNA screening: An assessment of written materials. Ethics, Medicine, and Public Health. In press.
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