Kate Dildy is an ethics research assistant for Dr. Emily Largent at the Penn Memory Center. She contributes to work on the legal and ethical considerations in end-of-life care for people with dementia, with a focus on policy that improves individual autonomy and family wellbeing. Previously, she has contributed to economics and ethics research by synthesizing theories from bioethics to support arguments about the ethics of vulnerability in a commercial context, coordinating a behavioral health economics study comparing behavioral interventions aimed at improving medication adherence, and managing a year-long thinktank project studying and measuring the scope of the global sharing economy.
Dildy is studying philosophy with a minor in statistics at the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on ethics and theories of justice. At PMC, she hopes both to develop a deeper understanding of how legal and ethical considerations of vulnerable populations can drive ethics as a whole and to develop capacities to center aging on conversations about life values.