About the Authors
George F. Blackall, PsyD, MBA
Currently a Professor of Pediatrics and Humanities at Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, Dr. George F. Blackall received his doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Widener University and completed his internship training at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he specialized in the psychological treatment of children with cancer and their families. His primary clinical practice continues to be with childhood cancer patients at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Blackall is also Vice Chair of the Ethics Committee and serves as the Director of Student Development at the Penn State University College of Medicine, where he teaches medical ethics and courses on conflict in the doctor-patient relationship. He has won many teaching awards and has published numerous articles in professional journals. Dr. Blackall is the lead author of "Breaking The Cycle".
Steven Simms, PhD
Steven Simms is Associate Director at the Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Michael J. Green, MD, MS, FACP
Michael Green M.D., M.S. is a physician and bioethicist at the Penn State University's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He is Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee, and Director of the Program in Bioethics. He attended medical school at the University of Illinois and completed residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University. He received fellowship training in clinical medical ethics at the University of Chicago's Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and in general internal medicine and medical ethics at the University of Wisconsin. He is currently Professor in the Departments of Humanities and Internal Medicine, where he cares for patients, teaches medical students and residents, and conducts research in bioethics. He has published numerous articles and received many grant awards for his research, which most recently has focused on helping patients make informed decisions with the help of interactive computer-based decision aids.