Julia Alessandra Harzheim, a Visiting Scholar with the Center for Health Humanities

Julia Harzheim

Visiting Scholar


School of Arts and Sciences


School of Arts and Sciences


Julia Alessandra Harzheim is a scholar, researcher, and university lecturer from University of Tübingen, Germany. Aside from her medical background and her long clinical training at the University Hospital in Tübingen during the past years, she has formal education in philosophy and cognitive science. Her research and publications address cross-disciplinary questions in various fields which include clinical medicine and research ethics, doctor-patient-relationship, philosophy of medicine, epistemology, placebo studies, medical law and artificial intelligence.

Julia is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Health Humanities at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), working with various faculty members on ongoing research projects and publications, in particular with Dien Ho as her co-author and her mentor. Julia is also working on collaborative and co-authored research projects with Dien Ho and Ted J. Kaptchuk, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and is a member of the Program in Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter (PiPS), directed and founded by Professor Kaptchuk and hosted by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and HMS in Boston.