Jennifer Sarrett

Lecturer, Center for the Study of Human Health

Jennifer C. Sarrett is a Lecturer at Emory University’s Center for the Study of Human Health. Her research and scholarship focuses on issues related to the construction and experience of intellectual and developmental disabilities. For this work, she employs the tools of disability studies, health humanities, medical history, human geography, psychiatric anthropology and, of course, neuroethics. She became interested in neuroethics through the analysis of her dissertation data, which explored parental and professional experiences of autism in Atlanta, GA USA and Kerala, India. This work looked at the ways non-normative minds are interpreted and constructed through specific institutions and reflected in spaces and places. Since the completion of this work, she has collaborated on projects concerning the neuroethics of preclinical indicators of autism as well as self-identification in the autism community. She has also completed projects that gather information from autistic adults on their post-secondary experiences asking how these experiences could be made more autism friendly. Her most recent line of research focuses on intellectual and developmental disabilities in the criminal justice system. She looks forward to developing a neuroethical analysis on the factors involved in the construction of intellectual and developmental disabilities in the criminal justice system and how this leads to difficulties determining prevalence and disparate experiences within prisons, jails, and community supervision. At Emory, she teaches undergraduate seminar courses on disability and bioethics, mental illness and culture, and health and human rights.