Jacqueline C. Abernathy, Ph.D., is a bioethicist, public policy scholar, and an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Tarleton State University in the Master of Public Administration Program. She is also the Director of the Mortality Policy Project at TSU, a research initiative that studies laws that govern end-of-life decision-making. Dr. Abernathy’s research primarily focuses on end-of-life legislation, particularly state policies that allow the forced removal of life-sustaining medical treatment against patient wishes. Her training includes a Ph.D. in Public Administration and an M.S. in Social Work. Dr. Abernathy currently works as a policy analyst and independent evaluator, analyzing the effectiveness of government social welfare grants and human service programs for non-profit organizations. She recently testified in and provided support for key life-issue legal cases pending in the federal courts.