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University of Colorado Denver Center for Bioethics and Humanities

Therese Jones, Ph.D.

Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities

Therese (Tess) Jones, PhD is Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program, is the Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine.  She received her PhD in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with major emphasis in American literature, modern and contemporary drama, and gender studies and completed a three-year postdoctoral program in medical humanities at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.  At present, she serves as co-course director of the interprofessional ethics course for all health professions students at AMC, and she teaches several humanities electives for the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, as well as an undergraduate Minor in Health Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver.  She was selected for membership in the Academy of Medical Educators in May, 2012 and is the recipient of CU's 2014 Thomas Jefferson Award, which recognizes CU faculty, staff and students who demonstrate excellence in the performance of regular academic responsibilities while contributing outstanding service to the broader community.

Tess has published and presented extensively on HIV/AIDS and the arts including Sharing the Delirium: Second Generation AIDS Plays and Performances (Heinemann/Metheun, 1994); medical education; and literature, film and medicine. Recent and forthcoming publications include:
     • “Ending in Wonder: Replacing Technology with Revelation in Margaret Edson’s
         W;t,” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Spring 2007). 
     • “Bless Me Reader For I Have Sinned: Physicians and Confessional Writing” 
         with Delese Wear, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Spring 2010). 
     • “The Dancer From the Dance: A Commentary on Gretchen Case’s Apoptosis is My
         Favorite Word,” Literature and Medicine (Fall 2010).
     • “Another Kind of DNR (Do Not Record): Documentary Films, Patient Privacy, and
         Social Responsibility,” Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies, Oxford
         University Press, 2011.
     • "Reflection In/And Writing:  Pedagogy and Practice," Academic Medicine (May 2012).
     • Health and Humanities Reader, lead editor, Rutgers University Press
        (forthcoming 2013).

She is the editor of the Journal of Medical Humanities, associate editor of the Literature, Arts and Medicine Database, and has served as Chair of the "Visual Arts and Cultural Representations" Affinity Group for the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities since 1998.

Contact Information:
Office Phone:  303.724.3995
FAX:  303.724.3997

1980 B.A .  Theatre Arts and English, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg KS
1982 M.A.   English, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg KS
1990 Ph.D.  English, University of Colorado, Boulder
1994 - 1997 Postdoctoral Medical Humanities, Northeastern Ohio Universities College Felllowship of Medicine

Selected Publications:
Jones T.  Sharing the Delirium:  Second Generation AIDS Plays and Performance (Heinemann/Methuen, 1994).
Jones T.  “The Faces of AIDS: Shifting Representations in Four Photography Exhibits.”  Academic Medicine (August 1996): 904-906.
Jones T.  “As the World Turns on the Sick and the Restless, So Go the Days of Our Lives: Family and Illness in Daytime Drama.”  Journal of Medical Humanities 18 (1): 5-20.
Jones T.  “Resisting the (Medical Gaze): Foucault, Kaysen and Vermeer.”  Academic Medicine (February 2000): 154-155.
Yarborough M, T Jones, and T Cyr.  “Teaching and Promoting Interprofessional Education: Ethics at an Academic Health Sciences Center.”  Academic Medicine (August 2000): 793-800.
Jones T and A Verghese.  “On Becoming a Humanities Curriculum.” Academic Medicine (October 2002): 1010-1014.
Jones T.  "The Medium is the Message: Documenting the Story of Dax Cowart."  Cultural Sutures: Medicine and Media, ed. LD Friedman (Chapel Hill: Duke University Press, 2004): 315-330.
Jones T.  “Ending in Wonder: Replacing Technology with Revelation in Margaret Edson’s W;t.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine  50, no 3 (Summer 2007)): 395-409.
Jones T.  "Ethical Principles and Ethical Decision Making." Ethics and Professionalism: A Guide for the Physician Assistant, eds. B A Cassidy and JD Blessing (Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company, 2007):
Jones T.  “Peter and Me (or How I Learned to Fly): Network Television Broadcasts of Peter Pan.” Second Star to the Right: Peter Pan as Communal Myth and Cultural Icon, eds. AB Kavey and LD Friedman (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2009):351-361.
Wear D and T Jones.  “Bless Me Reader, For I Have Sinned: Physicians and Confessional Writing.” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 53, no 2 (Spring 2010):  215-231.
Jones T.  “The Dancer From the Dance:  A Commentary on Apoptosis Is My Favorite Word.”  Literature and Medicine 28, no. 2 (Fall 2010): 273-277.
Wear D and T Jones.  “Darius Goes West.”  Academic Medicine (December 2010): 1870-1871.
Jones T.  “A New Kind of DNR (Do Not Record): Documentary Films, Patient Rights and Social Responsibility.”  Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies, eds H Colt, LD Friedman and S Quadrelli (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
Wear D, J Zarconi, R Garden, and T Jones.  "Reflection in/and Writing:  Pedagogy and Practice in Medical Education."  Academic Medicine (forthcoming May 2012).
Jones, T, F Cohn, and J Shapiro.  "Minding the Gap(s):  Liminality and Narrativity in Medical Student Writing." Literature and Medicine (forthcoming 2012).

Selected Professional Service:
Editor-in-Chief,  Journal of Medical Humanities,  Springer Science+Business Media Publications.  2004-present 
Associate Editor, Literature, Medicine and the Arts Database,New York University Tisch School of Medicine. 1997-present.
American Society of Bioethics and Humanities Chair (appointed), “Visual Arts Affinity Group,” 1998-present; Co-Chair, Medicine and Media: The Delicate Balance, Spring Meeting, 2004 and Treasurer (elected), 2005-2007.
Co-Organizer and Moderator, Quandaries in Health Care Annual Conference, Given Institute of the University of Colorado, Aspen, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2010.
Coordinator, “The Wit Project,” University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 2001
Humanities Scholar and Evaluator, The Wit Educational Initiative, Robert Wood Johnson and HBO Films, University of California, Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital.  2001-2003.
Board Member, Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors League (PHAMALy), Denver Center for the Performing Arts.   2001-2004
Judge, “Francis Velay Humanism in Medicine National Essay Contest,”
The Arnold P. Gold Foundation, 2006 – present. 
Speaker, Utah Humanities Public Square Program, Salt Lake City. 2007-2008
Medical Humanities Consultant, Body Worlds III,  The Leonardo Science and Art Museum, Salt Lake City. 2008-2009.
Member, Health Sciences Library Exhibit Committee,  University of Colorado Denver,  2009- present.
Member, President's Fund for the Humanities Grants and Awards, University of Colorado.    2009 – present. 
Invited Member, Research Colloquium in the Medical Humanities, Centre for Medical Humanities, Durham University UK, September 2011.
Editor, Letters to A Third-Year Student, an annual publication for the School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver, 2011-present/
Invited Presenter, Center for Healthcare Ethics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, "Another Kind of DNR (do not record): Documentary Films, Patient Rights and Social Responsibility, February, 2012
Invited Facilitator, National Medical Education Conference in Ethics and Humanities, Nashville May 2012.


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