Mark Fedyk, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Mark Fedyk, Ph.D.

Associate Professor




Health Systems


Locations and Contact

Administrative Support Building

2450 48th St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Fedyk's research focuses on the ways in which ethics and the social sciences can improve research and training in the health sciences. Trained as a philosopher of science, Dr. Fedyk partners with clinicians, educators, and researchers to develop models that are grounded in the best availible ethical and social theories and which deepen the interconnection between ethics, science, and clinical practice.


General Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

Bioethics Program
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research

Undergraduate School

B.A., Philosophy, Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada 2004

Other School

Ph.D., Philosophy, Cornell University, Ithaca NY 2009

Marjorie Young Bell Faculty Award, Mount Allison University, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2019

Paul Paré Excellence Award for Research, Mount Allison University, 2017

President’s Research and Creative Activities Award, Mount Allison University, 2012

Fedyk M, Xu F. Creativity as potentially valuable improbable constructions. Eur J Philos Sci. 2020 Dec;11(1). doi:10.1007/s13194-020-00343-4.

Shamy M, Dewar B, Fedyk M. Different meanings of equipoise and the four quadrants of uncertainty. J Clin Epidemiol. 2020 Nov;127:248-249. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.07.010. Epub 2020 Jul 17. PMID:32687859.

Fedyk M, Black H, Yarborough M, Fairman N, Wenger NS. Bioethics Emergencies Can Be Used to Perform a Real-World Test of Utilitarian Policies. Am J Bioeth. 2020 Jul 27;20(7):101–103. doi:10.1080/15265161.2020.1779398.

Bereznyakova O., Dewar B, Dowlatshahi D, Howard V, Hamel C, Fedyk M, Gocan S, Shamy MCF. Protocol for a systematic scoping review of reasons given to justify the performance of randomised controlled trials. BMJ Open. 2019;9:e027575. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027575.

Fedyk M, Xu F. The Metaphysics of The Development of The Cognitive System: Why the Brain Can’t Replace the Mind. Leslie SJ, Cullen S. (eds.) Current Debates in Cognitive Science, Routledge Publishing. 2019.

Fedyk M, Kushnir T, Xu F. Intuitive Epistemology: Children’s Theory of Evidence. Samuels R, Wilkenfeld D. (eds.) Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Science, Bloomsbury Publishing. 2019.

Fedyk M, Xu F. The Epistemology of Rational Constructivism. Rev Philos Psychol. 2018 Jun;9(1):343–362. doi:10.1007/s13164-017-0372-1.

Shamy M, Fedyk M. Why the ethical justification of randomized clinical trials is a scientific question. J Clin Epidemiol. 2018 May;97:126-132. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.12.026. Epub 2018 Jan 3. PMID:29306064.

De Meulemeester J, Fedyk M, Jurkovic L, Reaume M, Dowlatshahi D, Stotts G, Shamy M. Many randomized clinical trials may not be justified: a cross-sectional analysis of the ethics and science of randomized clinical trials. J Clin Epidemiol. 2018 May;97:20-25. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2017.12.027. Epub 2018 Jan 3. PMID:29306063.

Fedyk M. The Social Turn in Moral Psychology. The MIT Press. 2017.