Adrienne Asch is director of the Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University, providing leadership in developing its teaching, research, and public programs. Asch teaches courses throughout the university on bioethics and professional ethics, publishes widely in books and peer-reviewed journals, and presents at conferences throughout the world on ethical issues in reproduction, death and dying, and justice for disadvantaged minorities in American society.
In the past five years, Asch has published journal articles and book chapters on assisted reproduction, abortion, prenatal testing, cosmetic surgery for children, treatment decision-making, and the politics of bioethics. She is a past board member of the American Civil Liberties Union, Our Bodies Ourselves, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and the Society for Disability Studies, and is a current member of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.
Active in progressive causes since the 1960s, Asch has imbued all of her teaching and scholarship with her commitments to psychological growth and social change. Her years as a civil rights investigator, and her practice of individual psychotherapy, have significantly influenced her later work in ethics and bioethics.
Asch received her PhD in social psychology from Columbia University, a master's degree in social work from Columbia University, and her bachelor's degree in philosophy from Swarthmore College, which awarded her an honorary doctor of laws in 2001. A serious amateur choral singer, she says one of her proudest accomplishments is having managed a student-led summer choir and orchestra that performed in the 1968 Mostly Mozart Festival.