Max Kasun works in the Roberts Ethics Lab and Kim Ethics Lab at Stanford, which apply empirical methods to help anticipate, clarify and resolve ethical issues in modern biomedical research. He received his BA in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin. He has interests in empirical and normative thought related to increasing societal appreciation of the nature and prevalence of mental disorders and well-being, as well as in moral philosophy (e.g. Kantian ethics, justice, ethical naturalism, and pragmatism) and philosophy of mind (e.g. embodiment and personhood).

Education & Certifications

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin, English, Computer Science (2016)

Professional Interests

moral philosophy
empirical and normative ethics
natural and artificial cognitive science
philosophy of mind
public humanities

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Member, International Neuroethics Society (2019 - Present)

All Publications

  • Factors Influencing Perceived Helpfulness and Participation in Innovative Research:A Pilot Study of Individuals with and without Mood Symptoms ETHICS & BEHAVIOR Kim, J., Tsungmey, T., Rostami, M., Mondal, S., Kasun, M., Roberts, L. 2021
  • Perceived protectiveness of research safeguards and influences on willingness to participate in research: A novel MTurk pilot study. Journal of psychiatric research Kim, J. P., Ryan, K., Tsungmey, T., Kasun, M., Roberts, W. A., Dunn, L. B., Roberts, L. W. 2021; 138: 200–206


    Little is known about how individuals with mood disorders view the protectiveness of research safeguards, and whether their views affect their willingness to participate in psychiatric research. We conducted an online survey with 80 individuals (self-reported mood disorder [n=25], self-reported good health [n=55]) recruited via MTurk. We assessed respondents' perceptions of the protectiveness of five common research safeguards, as well as their willingness to participate in research that incorporates each safeguard. Perceived protectiveness was strongly related to willingness to participate in research for four of the safeguards. Our findings add to a limited literature on the motivations and perspectives of key stakeholders in psychiatric research.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.04.005

    View details for PubMedID 33865169