Joan E. Sieber

Joan Sieber has just completed a term as Director of the National Science Foundation program: Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science and Technology. She is Professor Emerita of Psychology at California State University, Hayward, is the recipient of that institution's Outstanding Professor Award, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Her major research emphasis is the behavior of scientists in relation to value issues. Her most recent interests include the dynamics of whistle-blowing, research in cyberspace, use of the internet to teach research ethics in science and technology, and discovering how to design effective research ethics committees in private industry where the research is social and behavioral in nature and creativity and knowledge are the major industrial products. She has chaired and served on research ethics committees for the State of California, a hospital, a university, and three private high tech corporations. She frequently presents workshops on ethical problem solving at meetings of professional organizations, and serves on national boards concerned with scientific ethics and protection of human research subjects. Her recent books include Research Ethics: A Psychological Approach (with B. Stanley & G. Melton), Planning Ethically Responsible Research, The Ethics of Social Research, Sharing Social Research Data: Advantages and Challenges, and Social Research on Children & Adolescents (with B. Stanley).