Anna Wexler is the principal investigator of the Wexler Lab, where she studies the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding emerging technology. She is particularly interested in do-it-yourself (DIY) medicine, citizen science, direct-to-consumer (DTC) health products, online patient communities, neuroscience technology, and alternative neurotherapies. Dr. Wexler is the recipient of a 2018 NIH Director’s Early Independence Award and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. She is on the Board of the International Neuroethics Society and is an associate editor at AJOB Neuroscience and the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. Her essays have been published in outlets such as the The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Slate, and STAT.
She received her Ph.D. from MIT in the HASTS (History, Anthropology, Science, Technology & Society) Program, where her dissertation centered on the DIY brain stimulation movement. Prior to her Ph.D., Dr. Wexler spent several years working as documentary filmmaker and science/travel writer. She co-directed and co-produced the feature documentary Unorthodox (2013). She received a dual BS from MIT in Brain and Cognitive Science, and in Humanities and Science with a focus in Writing and Neuroscience.