Joanne M. Carroll, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor

Pharmaceutical Science
College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

St. John's University

Pharmaceutical companies are among the world’s most profitable enterprises. Yet, every day we hear about millions of people who barely subsist, let alone have money for medicines. In the Third World they die of diseases developed countries overcame decades ago. They die of diseases whose cures go unresearched because they would turn little profit. Inequities exist as well among the urban poor in our own nation. What’s wrong with this picture? It’s a question that Joanne Carroll wants everyone to consider.
“We are facing a crisis in terms of who benefits from the fruits of our technology and knowledge,” she says. “It is a moral, political, and scientific question, and we have to look at how we can incorporate the question of equity in our thinking, our actions and our world view.”
During her tenure as a Fellow of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society here at St. John’s, she and a St. John’s College colleague created a lecture and discussion series on how religion and science can combine forces to address poverty. In her required public health course, pharmacy students look at current health issues and analyze not only the medical causes of disease, but also the social, economic and political factors that contribute to health and disease.
“We have the resources to reduce or eliminate global poverty, but what is it that we as individuals and a society are willing to do?” she asks. “I don’t have the answers. But, if I can engage in sincere discussion with students and raise awareness of the global situation, maybe some in my class will find a way to become part of the solution.”

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., Biology, City University of New York

Research Interests

  • Technology and its impact on what it means to be human; ways to promote health as a basic human right; impact of poverty and social structure on health

Affiliation with the Center

Senior Vincentian Research Fellow,
Class of 2001

"As technology advances, it is a critical time to relate values and technology. The 21st century challenge is how to utilize technological advances to better serve the good of the global community, especially those living in poverty.I have been pleased to promote this dialogue through coordination of the Religion and Science lecture series."

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)