Olivette Burton is Chair of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Institutional Review Board. The IRB, based in the Office of the General Counsel but operating independently, reviews research on behalf of the institution in accordance with federal regulations, and protects the rights and welfare of subjects involved in research activities conducted under the jurisdiction of DOHMH. She also has worked with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at the University of Albany Medical College; the American Journal of Bioethics; and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to obtaining an MSW from SP2 in 2003, she received a Master of Bioethics degree from the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine in 2004; she also was a Project Director/Co-Investigator at the School of Medicine’s Center for Bioethics.
“Being actively interested in world affairs, I founded my own humanitarian organization, Sweet Nation and utilize the knowledge and skill set gained via my education and field work with disenfranchised and multicultural populations. The design of the dual degree program was the beginning.”