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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME)


Jana Sedlakova

  • PhD Student
  • Research Assistant

Jana completed her Master´s degree in Philosophy at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. During her studies, she spent two semesters at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where she wrote her master's thesis on the normativity of knowledge. Thereafter, she started PhD at the University of Fribourg with a focus on epistemology and philosophy of psychiatry. In February 2020, Jana joined the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine. Her PhD project is focused on the ethical and epistemological analysis of patients´ interaction with conversational agents and chatbots. The project aims at clarifying possible far-reaching impacts on individuals and society that this novel technology can have. In February 2021, she joined the DSI-Ethics and Health Community in a manager role and also as a research assistant in a project at the intersection of health and digitalization. Finally, in April 2022, she was accepted into the DSI Excellence Program for PhD students with a scholarship to focus more strongly on issues of digitalization and its change in society.

Research Interests

  • M-health
  • Ethics of Digital Well-being
  • Human-AI interaction
  • Patient’s experience
  • Digitalization
  • Philosophy of psychiatry
  • Philosophy of Science

Ongoing Projects

  • PhD project on ethical and epistemological challenges of patients’ interaction with conversational AI           
  • DSI-Health Projects:
    Enriching health research with unstructured patient data: opportunities and challenges                                
    DSI Approach: How to define a good research question for projects with digital unstructured data    
  • Co-Organizer of the workshop “When ethics meets well-being and mental health apps: moral and social issues of pursuing the good life with a smartphone


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