Ashley Feinsinger, Ph.D.

A Short Biography:

Dr. Ashley Feinsinger is faculty in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Her research pursues questions at the intersection of ethics, philosophy of language, and neuroscience, and she has published on a range of topics, including medicalization and the ethics of non-therapeutic research with implanted devices. Funded by the NIH BRAIN Initiative, her neuroethics lab engages with patient-participants in basic neuroscience research to understand motivations for enrollment and interpretations of risk and benefit. Through comparing patient values with those of researchers and the public, her lab addresses conceptual questions about exploitation and trust, as well as practical questions about patient engagement and consent.

Dr. Feinsinger received her undergraduate degrees in philosophy and linguistics and her PhD in philosophy from UCLA.  Additionally, she completed the Advanced Training in Health Care Ethics Certification from the University of Washington and the Medical Education Fellowship in Curriculum Innovation from DGSOM.  She is also the Ethics Theme Chair for the medical school curriculum and co-chair of the bioethics selective for first and second year medical students.

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Work Titles
UCLA Adjunct Assistant Professor, Medicine Affiliated Faculty, Philosophy
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
2021 David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Medical Education Fellowship in Innovations in Curricular Design and Innovation
Certification Type:
2019 University of Washington School of Medicine , Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics

Contact Information:

Work Address:

885 Tiverton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024


A selected list of publications:

Frederick L. Hitti, Alik S. Widge, Patricio Riva-Posse, Donald A. Malone, Michael S. Okun, Maryam M. Shanechi, Kelly D. Foote, Sarah H. Lisanby, Elizabeth Ankudowich, Srinivas Chivukula, Edward F. Chang, Aysegul Gunduz, Clement Hamani, Ashley Feinsinger, Cynthia S. Kubu, Winston Chiong, Jennifer A. Chandler, Rafael Carbunaru, Binith Cheeran, Robert S. Raike, Rachel A. Davis, Casey H. Halpern, Nora Vanegas-Arroyave, Dejan Markovic, Sarah K. Bick, Cameron C. McIntyre, R. Mark Richardson, Darin D. Dougherty, Brian H. Kopell, Jennifer A. Sweet, Wayne K. Goodman, Sameer A. Sheth, Nader Pouratian   Future directions in psychiatric neurosurgery: Proceedings of the 2022 American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery meeting on surgical neuromodulation for psychiatric disorders Brain Stimulation, 2023; 16(3): .
Peabody Smith Ally, Pouratian Nader, Feinsinger Ashley   Two Practices to Improve Informed Consent for Intraoperative Brain Research Neurosurgery, 2023; .
Peabody Smith Ally, Taiclet Lauren, Ebadi Hamasa, Levy Lilyana, Weber Megan, Caruso Eugene M, Pouratian Nader, Feinsinger Ashley   "They were already inside my head to begin with": Trust, Translational Misconception, and Intraoperative Brain Research AJOB empirical bioethics, 2022; 15(3): 1-14.
Feinsinger Ashley, Pouratian Nader, Ebadi Hamasa, Adolphs Ralph, Andersen Richard, Beauchamp Michael S, Chang Edward F, Crone Nathan E, Collinger Jennifer L, Fried Itzhak, Mamelak Adam, Richardson Mark, Rutishauser Ueli, Sheth Sameer A, Suthana Nanthia, Tandon Nitin, Yoshor Daniel, Yoshor Daniel   Ethical commitments, principles, and practices guiding intracranial neuroscientific research in humans Neuron, 2022; 110(2): 188-194.
Pham Michelle T, Pouratian Nader, Feinsinger Ashley   Engagement, Exploitation, and Human Intracranial Electrophysiology Research Neuroethics, 2022; 15(3): .
Ho, E., Murrilla, A., LaShara, D., Iraheta, Y., Advani, S., Feinsinger, A., Waterman, A.   Findings of Living donation experiences shared on a digital storytelling platform: A thematic analysis PEC Innovation, 2022; 1: .
Davis LaShara, Iraheta Yaquelin Arevalo, Ho Erica W, Murillo Ariana L, Feinsinger Ashley, Waterman Amy D   Living Kidney Donation Stories and Advice Shared Through a Digital Storytelling Library: A Qualitative Thematic Analysis Kidney medicine, 2022; 4(7): 100486.
Farkas-Skiles Cristina M, Feinsinger Ashley, Pines Rachyl, Waterman Amy D   Providers and Families Weigh in on Delays to Pediatric Kidney Transplant Wait-List Activation Progress in transplantation (Aliso Viejo, Calif.), 2022; 32(1): 41-48.
Feinsinger Ashley, Pham Michelle, Pouratian Nader   The Value of Heterogeneity in Practices to Promote Ethical Research AJOB neuroscience, 2021; 12(1): 80-82.
Feinsinger, A.   The variation problem Philosophical Studies, 2021; 178: 317-338.
Campelia Georgina D, Feinsinger Ashley   Creating Space for Feminist Ethics in Medical School HEC forum : an interdisciplinary journal on hospitals' ethical and legal issues, 2020; 32(2): 111-124.
Feinsinger, A., and Friedell, D.   Medicalization and linguistic agency Ratio, 2020; 33(4): 232-242.
Feinsinger, A.   The semantic lexicon and analyticity, UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics, Papers in Semantics, 2012; 16: 51-68.

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