Is currently a tenured Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences and The Daniel W. Foster, M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Sadler directs the Division of Ethics in the Department of Psychiatry and is the institution-wide Director of the Program in Ethics in Science & Medicine at UT Southwestern.
Minibio:Dr. Sadler received his B.S. Degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University in 1976 and his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1980. He took his internship and residency in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and was Chief Resident in Psychiatry there in 1984. Following his residency he joined the faculty at UT Southwestern and has remained there since. His clinical activities include serving as an outpatient attending psychiatrist at the Parkland Behavioral Health Center, where he supervises UT Southwestern residents, and he provides clinical ethics and research ethics consultation at Parkland Health and Hospital System and UT Southwestern Medical Center respectively. He has chaired UT Southwestern's Institutional Review Board #3 for over 10 years.
Dr. Sadler’s career has spanned research, education, administration, and clinical practice. His research in medical education has addressed course design, computer simulation, virtue education, medical student reflective essays, and “value-added” assessment of educational outcomes. His main research area has been in the philosophy and ethics realm - from clinical ethics, to research ethics, to the philosophy of psychiatry, where he has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles and chapters. He has been a Co-Editor of an international journal, Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology for over 20 years, and is current the Editor in Chief of that journal. He also co-edits the Current Opinion in Psychiatry content on History & Philosophy in psychiatry, as well as the Oxford University Press book series, “International Perspectives on Philosophy and Psychiatry” the latter spanning almost 50 volumes since the series launch in 2003. He has co-edited two large reference textbooks for the Oxford University Press: the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (2013), and is lead editor of the forthcoming two-volume, 1500-page Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics, aimed for a July 2015 release. Dr. Sadler has edited or co-edited four books, several special issues of professional journals, and authored a comprehensive monograph, Values and Psychiatric Diagnosis, published in 2005. In collaboration with philosopher Jennifer Radden, he published The Virtuous Psychiatrist: Character Ethics in Psychiatric Practice (OUP) in 2009. His follow-up book to Values and Psychiatric Diagnosis, “Vice and Psychiatric Diagnosis,” is in preparation.
Dr. Sadler is a Distinguished Fellow of in the American Psychiatic Association. He is the recipient of numerous clinical and teaching awards, the most recent being the University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012, and the UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers (SWAT) Distinguished Clinical Science Educator Award for his career achievements in 2014.