1995-Present   College Textbook Writer
Research and write college textbooks and instructor’s manuals in ethics and philosophy for McGraw-Hill.  See “Scholarly/Academic Publications.”

1999-2004      Assistant Director of Curriculum Affairs, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, Rhode Island. (P/T)
Assist with curriculum; produce newsletter and student handbooks; work with student service learning groups; assist with organization of patient advocacy retreats; advise and mentor medical students; serve as faculty for writers’ affinity group; teach mini-course in ethics.

1993-1998       Curriculum Consultant
Consultant in ethics education at the Feinstein High School for Public Service, Providence, RI; and East Coast Associate for EREAPA (Educational Research, Evaluation, Assessment, Policy Analysts), Livermore California.  Assisted with the development of ethics curriculum and teacher training workshops; prepared written material for classroom and for publication.

1984-1995       Lecturer, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island.

2001-2003       P/T 1984-1988, F/T 1988-1995, P/T 2001-Present. Courses Taught:  Ethics, Logic, Medical Ethics, Course-based Community Service Learning, Introduction to Philosophy.

1984-1988       Adjunct Faculty, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island. 
Courses Taught:  Ethics, Logic and Aesthetics.

1980-Present   Freelance Writer
See list of publications below  

1974-1979      Writer/Researcher, Nova Scotia Museum, Canada

Research and write reports, brochures, and guides


Doctor of Philosophy, Social Ethics, 1990. Boston University, Boston, MA.  Dissertation Advisors: Dr. Robert Neville and Dr. George Annas

Master of Science, Human Development, Counseling and Family Services, 1991 (Thesis: Development of Moral Reasoning in College Students) University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

Master of Arts, Philosophy, 1971 Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Bachelor of Arts, Major: Psychology. Minors: Philosophy, Anthropology 1969. University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia


1. THiNK, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2020   

2. Analyzing Moral Issues, Mayfield Publishing Co., Mountain View, CA, 1999; McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2019

3. Ethics for Life, Mayfield Publishing Co., Mountain View, CA, 1997; McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2018, 2022

4. Perspectives in Ethics, Mayfield Publishing Co.,  Mountain View, CA, 1998; 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, New York, NY, 2000, 2003    

5. Healthcare Ethics in a Diverse Society, co-author: Michael Brannigan, Mayfield Publishing Co. McGraw-Hill, 2000

6. The Birth Lottery, 1993, Loyola University Press, Chicago, Illinois.

       SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS (Articles / Book Chapters)

1. Assessing Students’ Performance in a Competency-Based Curriculum, Academic Medicine, 2003, vol. 78, no. 1, pp. 97-107. (Joint author with Stephen R. Smith and Richard H. Dollase).

2. A phenomenological study of near-death experiences, Ultimate Reality and Meaning, 2002.

3. Treading on harrowed ground: The violence of agriculture.  In Institutional Violence.  Eds. Deane Curtin and Robert Litke, Rodolpi Press, 1999.

4. Outdoor education and the development of civic responsibility.  ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools, 1998.

5. Adopting an Aristotelian approach to teaching college ethics.  In Philosophy and Service Learning (Washington, DC: Association for the Advancement of Higher Education), Spring 1998.

6. Throwing pearls to the swine: women, forgiveness and the unrepentant abuser. In Perspectives on Power and Dominance.  Eds. Laurence Bove & Laura Kaplan, Rodolpi Press, 1997.

7. Teaching ethics through community service. The Journal of Experiential Education. May 1995, vol. 18 (1): 20-24.

8. Paradigm shifts, scientific revolutions and the moral justification of experimentation on non-human animals. Between the Species: A Journal of Ethics. Summer/Fall 1995, 119-127. (Joint author Alyssa V. Boss)

9. The morality of prenatal diagnosis. In Life and Learning, Vol. 5, Ed. Joseph W. Koterski, pp. 178-192, Washington D.C.: UFL, Georgetown University, 1995.

10. The alien abduction: A case study for bioethics. Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals Newsletter, Number 7, March 1995.

11. The autonomy of moral intelligence, Educational Theory. 1994, Vol. 44, no. 4, 399-416.

12. The effect of community service work on the moral development of college ethics studentsJournal of Moral Education. 1994, vol. 23, no. 2; 183-198.

13. Is mandatory schooling inherently unjust?The Educational Forum. 1994, vol. 58, no. 3; 264-275. (Joint author: Katherine D. Wurtz)

14. First trimester prenatal diagnosis: Earlier is not necessarily better. Journal of Medical Ethics. 1994, vol. 20, no. 3; 146-151.  Reprinted in The Journal of Neonatal Intensive Care.

15. Pro-child/pro-choice:  An exercise in doublethink?  Public Affairs Quarterly, 1993 (April); 85-91.

16. Getting ethics out of the classroom.  American Association of Philosophers News, 1993 (March); 3, 6-7.

17. Eating our Words: The Intimate Relationship between Food and Philosophy. Journal of Moral Education, 1992 (Fall)

18. No, Virginia, there is no Santa Claus. Someone's been lying to you. Free Inquiry. 1992 (Spring); 12: 52-53.

19. Is Santa corrupting our children?Free Inquiry.  1991 (Fall):  24-27.

20. Beyond assessment:  Classroom research for the fun of it. Educational Forum. 1991 (Fall): 51-58. Joint authors:  Judith A. Boss, John Stevenson, and Glenn Erickson.

21. Abortion, personhood and human rights:  A response to the new elitists. The American Rationalist.  1990 (Nov/Dec):  52-55.

22. How voluntary prenatal diagnosis and selective abortion increase the abnormal gene poolBirth.  1990 (June); 17:  75-79.


1.  Fall From Grace (mystery novel), Wild Rose Press, 2018.

2. Deception Island (romantic/suspense novel), Wild Rose Press, 2015 soft cover book, 2017 audiobook.  Romance Writers of American award for best suspense novels, 2017.

​​3. Until Death Do Us Part (short story).  ARIA Anthology, Association of Rhode Island
Authors, 2020.

4. The Sojourner (short story). ARIA Anthology, Association of Rhode Island Authors, 2019.

5. A Slice of Life (short story).  Bewildering Stories Magazine, January 2015

6. The Cornfield (short story).  Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon, Level Best Books, Sommerville, MA, 2013.

7. Infant circumcision: Is it institutionalized child abuse? (article). L.A. Parent. Spring 1997.

8. "Myth-leading" children about the reality of Santa Claus (article).L.A. Parent. December 1996.

9. Nightmares (poem). Where Dawn Lingers.  Owings Mills, Md.: The National Library of Poetry, Summer 1996.

10. Francine: A fairy tale for philosophers young and old (short story). Thinking: The Journal of Philosophy for Children. 1995, vol. 12, no. 2; 45-48.

11. Thy will be done (poem). Writing to Tell. 1995 (February), p. 19.

12. Transgression (Art work).  Feminist Studies. (accepted for publication).

13. Time (poem). Poetry Magazine. 1985 (June).

14. Where there's a will there's a way (short story). Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine (September 1985).

15. New Bedford: A Pictorial History, 1983, 1985, 1990, Donning Company/Publishers, Virginia Beach, VA.

16. Fall River: A Pictorial History, 1982, 1884, Donning Company/Publishers.

17. Newport: A Pictorial History, 1981, Donning Company/Publishers.

18. Dell Word Search Puzzles Magazine, 1980-1985, Regular contributor to magazine.


1. Presenter, “Writing Fiction for Publication,” Alpha Delta conference, Biltmore Hotel, Providence, RI, July 15, 2018.

2. Presenter, “The Brain and Moral Development,” Neuroethics, Brown University Lifelong Learning, Providence, May 5, 2009.

 3. Facilitator/Presenter, “Critical Thinking Faculty Workshop,” University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA, April 11, 2007

 4. Speaker, “The Impact of Patient Near-Death Experiences on Physician’s Views of Ultimate Reality,” International Society for the Study of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning, Toronto, Canada, August 17, 2001.

5. Commentator, “A Critique of Nonegalitatian Human Moralism,” American Philosophical Association, New York City, December 29, 2000.

6. Facilitator/Presenter, “Ethics across the Curriculum,” Week-long workshop for college teachers, Chaffey College, California, May 1999.

7. Speaker, "The Social Implications of Abortion for Children," FFL Eighth Annual Conference, University of Toronto,  June 1998.

 8. Co-Organizer, "Sexual Harassment and the Medical Profession," May 1997; Rhode Island Hospital, Continuing Education Office, Providence, Rhode Island.

9. Speaker, "A Phenomenological Study of Near-death Experiences and the Meaning of Ultimate Reality," August  17, 1995; The International Society for the Study of  Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and the Meaning of Ultimate Reality, Toronto,  Ontario

10. Speaker, "Research and Evaluation in Community Service Learning," May 12,1995; National  Gathering, Campus Compact, Providence College, Providence, RI

11. Commentator on paper, "Ethical Uses of the New Genetics: Preventing Harm and Perfecting Human Nature," May 13, 1995; Rhode Island Philosophical Association, Brown University, Providence, RI.

12. Speaker, "Paradigms of Justice in Access to Health Care," February 2, 1995; Conference on Access to Health Care sponsored by the NYC Mount Sinai Medical Center, Jupiter, FL

13. Faculty, January 5-7, 1995, Campus Compact New England Regional Institute, Brown University, Providence, RI

14. Teacher Trainer, Sponsored by Learn and Serve America and the Rhode Island Affiliated University Programs.  Co-facilitator of workshops on establishing ethics-based community service learning programs at various Rhode Island high schools: Providence high schools, 1994 to present.

15. Speaker (with students from my service learning course), "Community Service as a Means of Building Moral Character and Moral community," October 20, 1994; Rhode Island Department of Education Community Service Conference, Newport, RI.

16. Speaker, "Near-death Experiences and Spirituality," October 18, 1994; Association for Religion in Academic Life, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.

17. Panelist, "Domestic Violence: When Women Kill Their Abusers," October 5, 1994; Women's Resource Center of South County and University of Rhode Island Women's Center, Kingston, RI.

18. Speaker, "The Moral Justification of Prenatal Diagnosis," June 3, 1994; UFL Fourth Annual Conference, Fordham University, NY.

19.  Speaker, “Eating our Words," March 19, 1994; Interdisciplinary Conference on Food and Culture, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.

20. Speaker, "The Medical Profession's Moral Responsibility and the Resurgence of the Myth of the 'Criminal Gene' in Alien 3," December 3, 1993; Film/Literature Conference, Ocean City, Maryland.

21. Speaker, "Treading on Harrowed Ground: The Violence of Agriculture," October 10, 1993; Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

22. Speaker, "Research on Integrating Community Service Work with Academic Study," July 13, 1993; Campus Compact Summer Institute, Brown University, Providence, RI.

23. Speaker, "Can a Policy of Food Equity be Based on a Presumption of Species Inequity?" June 6, 1993; Conference on Culture and Food Equity, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.

24. Keynote Speaker, "A Call for Victim Justice," April 26, 1993; National Crime Victims Rights Week Candlelight Vigil, Cranston, Rhode Island.

25. Speaker, "Biomedical Ethics and Animal Research," February 15, 1993; University of Rhode Island Animal Care and Use Program.

26. Speaker, "Lies, Deception and Santa Claus," January 1, 1993; Humanist Association of Massachusetts, Cambridge, MA.

27. Speaker, "Domestic Violence, Forgiveness and the Unrepentant Abuser," October 16, 1992; Concerned Philosophers for Peace Conference, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC.

28. Speaker, "Facilitating Moral Development in College Ethics Students," August 8, 1992; American Association of College Teachers Conference, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT.

29. Speaker/Panelist, "Is Vegetarianism Ethically Required?" April 24, 1992;  Sponsored by Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, URI Students for Social Change, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.

30. Speaker, "The Sound of One Hand Clapping: Zen and the Artist," March 27, 1992; American Society of Aesthetics Conference, Bard College, Annadale-on-the-Hudson,  NY.

31. Speaker, "Volunteer Work and Moral Development in College Students," November 9, 1991;  Association for Moral Education Annual Conference, Athens, GA.

32. Group Facilitator, "Getting Students Involved," August 1991; University of Rhode Island Instructor Development Program, Kingston, RI.

33. Panelist, "Value Changes After a Near-Death Experience," July 1991.International Association for Near-Death Studies Conference, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT.

34. Speaker, "Classroom Research at the University of Rhode Island," April 5, 1991; Conference on Classroom Research, Massachusetts Bay Community College.


Television Interview, "Domestic Violence in Rhode Island," June 8, 1994, PBS, Channel 36.

Radio and Press Interviews, "URI Study: Students Moral Reasoning Improved by Community Service Work," March to April 1993, CNN Radio, Providence Journal and local papers.

Media Interviews, "Is Santa Corrupting our Children?" November/December 1991, December 1992.  Included four television interviews and about thirty interviews on radio shows throughout the United    States and Canada as well as the British Broadcasting Corporation, Voice of America and stations in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.  Articles on the story also appeared in approximately 100 newspapers throughout the US, including USA Today.

Television Interview, "Near Death Experiences," September 24, 1990, Channel 12 News,     Providence, RI.


1998                PlaneMath Evaluation Study, Assisted EREAPA Associates in California with evaluation and write-up of study on use of a NASA sponsored Internet math lessons for children with physical disabilities.

1995                Campus Compact Curriculum Development Award

1994-1995       URI Foundation Grant, Study on effects of community service learning on students' social, personal and moral development.  Worked on study with the assistance of two graduate students in college student personnel.

1994-present  Grant Application Reviewer, Corporation for National Service, Washington D.C., Review national and community service grant proposals from colleges and universities.

1993-1995       Project Impact, Hanley Vocational School, Providence, Rhode Island, Assisted with the Development of Ethics Curriculum and Organization of Workshops to Train Teachers.  Funded by a grant from Learn and Serve America.

1993-1995       Alternatives to Violence Program, Adult Correctional Institution, Cranston, Rhode Island: Participated in an Informal Study to Measure the Effect of the Program on Prisoners' Moral Development.


2003-Present   Authors Guild, Member

2005-Present   Mystery Writers of America

2008-Present   Sisters in Crime

2012-Present   ARIA (Association of Rhode Island Authors)

1998-2010       U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Volunteer.

1995-2004       Appalachian Mountain Club, Secretary (1997-1998); Certificate for completion of Leadership Training (1997); Completion of compass and map reading workshops (1998); Certification for completion of Wilderness First Aid course (1998).

2004-2009       Philosophy Department, Brown University, Visiting Scholar

1997-2001       Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University, Visiting Scholar

2000                Brown Medical School St. Lucia, Guatemala trip.  Accompanied faculty and medical students to Guatemala to provide medical and dental care to under-serviced indigenous population.

1996              Habitat for Humanity, Accompanied students from URI and other Rhode Island Colleges on trip to Mexico to help build homes for low-income families.

1994-1995     Campus Compact New England Regional Institute, Member of planning committee for Regional Institute on "Integrating Service with Academic Study."

1994-1995     URI Community Service Committee, Chair of research sub-committee.

1991-1995     American Association of University Professors, Member of the Executive Committee, 1991-1992; Adviser to the Contract Negotiation Team, 1992; Member of the Nominating Committee, 1993; Member of Committee to Study the Status of Non-tenure Track Faculty, 1994; Member of All-Campus Bargaining Unit Committee, 1995.

1992               Diversity Trainingfor Leading Classes and Workshops in Issues of Racial Diversity and Homophobia.

1984-Present   Rhode Island Philosophical Society: President-elect, 1990; President, 1991.

1991-1992       University of Rhode Island Racial and Ethnic Discrimination Committee: Faculty Representative (Committee disbanded in 1992).

1986-Present   American Philosophical Association.

1988-1995       Teaching Fellow: University of Rhode Island Instructional Development Program.

1993-1996       Women's Resource Center of South County: Advisory Group for Education.

1988-1990       Rhode Island DAWN for Children: Member of the Board.

1984-Present   MENSA

1982-1988       Johnnycake Center Newport, Rhode Island: Member of the Board.

1982-1989       Newport Writers' Forum: Founder and past President.


                                   Professional References Available upon Request