Houston, TX – Peggy Determeyer, PhD, is the new Hope and Healing Center & Institute Fellow for the William K. McGee Fellowship in Bioethics and Aging. Peggy began her new position on August 15, 2016.
A retired board-certified chaplain, Dr. Peggy Determeyer received her PhD in the Medical Humanities with a concentration in Health Care Ethics and Policy from the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston. Her dissertation examined ways that Community Bioethics Dialogues can be used to promote individualized personal decisions and advance care planning. Peggy believes that all of us are or will be users of health care, and need opportunities to talk about our issues and experiences. In the Dialogues, community members engage in discussions about a variety of health care topics, including treatment outcomes, mental illness and aging, and end-of-life decision making in facilitated groups using readings, guest speakers, and participant stories.
As the McGee Fellow in Bioethics and Aging, Peggy will be continuing her work on developing Community Bioethics Dialogues for diverse community groups, as well as developing programs and training for health care professionals, pastors, and others to provide humane, compassionate care for those who are ill and/or aging as well as offer support for family members.
Peggy and her husband of thirty-seven years have two grown children (one of which is married) and three spoiled cats. Together, they enjoy kayaking, sailing, and traveling, while downtime will find Peggy with a book, sometimes with one of the aforementioned cats in her lap!