Patrina Sexton Patrina Sexton, born to an Italian-Irish, Catholic family, and one of eight children, was raised in New York.  The death of her father at a young age would inform her interest palliative and end-of-life care, and the intersections between health, the body, gender, religion, and social structures. Patrina attended the University of Dayton in Ohio where she pursued a B.A. in Sociology, graduated Suma Cum Laude, and received awards for outstanding scholarship including the Huth Grant for International Scholarship, which funded her work in research of suicide rates in Ireland among young adult males at the end of the 20th century.  Patrina pursued her curiosity about health, the body, gender, sexuality, religion, and social theory obtaining a degree in clinical massage therapy from the Soma Institute in Chicago and studying Women's Studies and Human Sciences at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The convergence of clinical care and theory led her, eventually, to pursue bioethics.

Before coming back to New York, to return to school, Patrina owned and operated clinical massage therapy practices where she treated hospice patients, women who had suffered sexual abuse, pregnant women,  athletes, and post operative patients in Arlington, VA and Los Angeles, CA.  Her work at Columbia University led to research assistantships with Dr. Robert Klitzman, Director of the M.S. Bioethics program, and Dr. Elizabeth Gross Cohn.  With Dr. Elizabeth Gross Cohn, Patrina assisted in studies related to biobanking and genomic research among vulnerable populations.  Her Masters thesis explored a reinterpretation of informed consent for pediatric subjects and patients in the age of genomic medicine, research, and storage of genomic material in biobanks.  Patrina continues to pursue her interests in informed consent, palliative and end-of-life care ethics, and the integration of spirituality and religion in end-of-life care.



1) Sexton, Patrina, Hui, Katrina, Hanrahan, Donna, Barnes, Mark, Sugarman, Jeremy, London, Alex John, Klitzman, Robert (November, 2014). Reviewing HIV-Related Research in Emerging Economies: The Role of Government Reviewing Agencies. Developing World Bioethics. DOI: 10.1111/dewb.12072


1) Donna Hanrahan; Patrinia Sexton; Katrina Hui; Jennifer Teitcher; Jeremy Sugarman; Alex John London; Mark Barnes; James Purpura; Robert Klitzman. (2014) Linguistic and Cultural Challenges in Communication and Translation in US-Sponsored HIV Prevention Research in Emerging Economies.  PLOS ONE. (Submitted for Initial Review)


1) Sexton, Patrina(2014). Genomics, Informed Consent, and The Cultivation of Child Autonomy: The Merits of a Revision to Informed Consent and Child Populations, Unpublished Masters Thesis, Columbia University.

2) Sexton, Patrina (2000). Social Factors Contributing to Suicide in Ireland Among Males Aged 15-24, Unpublished Senior Thesis, University of Dayton