Madison K. Kilbride, PhD, Class of 2020

Madison K. Kilbride, PhD, Class of 2020 @MadisonKilbride
  • Titles:
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Utah
  • Education:
  • Princeton University, PhD, Philosophy
  • Princeton University, MA, Philosophy (Philosophy of Science track)
  • Bates College, BA, Philosophy

Madison Kilbride, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Utah. Dr. Kilbride’s scholarship addresses the ethical, legal, and social implications (ELSI) of genetics and genomics, with a focus on direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing. Her current research is supported by a K01 Career Development Award from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Her K01 project, ”Evaluating the Risks and Benefits of the Next Generation of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests,” aims to develop a new approach to studying DTC outcomes that does not rely on partnering with a DTC company and can be used to study a wide range of DTC tests and companies. In studying the feasibility of her approach, Dr. Kilbride will begin to address the lack of real-world data for individuals undergoing DTC genetic testing for high-risk cancer and cardiac disease susceptibility genes. In addition to her work in ELSI, Dr. Kilbride is also interested in the physician-patient relationship and gatekeeping in medicine.

Dr. Kilbride was previously an Instructor in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Penn (2020-2021).  She was also a T32 Fellow in the Penn Postdoctoral Training Program in the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genetics and Genomics (2017-2020). Before coming to Penn, she earned her PhD in Philosophy (2017) from Princeton University.

A full list of Dr. Kilbride’s publications can be found at

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