Theo Schall, MSW, MBE

PhD Student

Theo Schall is a 3rd year doctoral candidate studying Bioethics and Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a 2021-2022 Graduate Fellow with the Johns Hopkins Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine. His research interests include labor conditions in the health professions, criminalization of drug use during pregnancy, LGBT health equity, and insurance benefit design. His dissertation focuses on insurance claim denials for gender affirming care. Theo served as the managing editor of the peer-reviewed journal AJOB Empirical Bioethics from 2015-2020. Prior to beginning doctoral study, Theo was a Research Associate in the Department of Medical Ethics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he collaborated on research in ethics, palliative care, and interprofessional communication. He previously worked as a Research Program Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and as a clinical social worker. Theo received an MSW (macro practice concentration) and MBE from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from St. John’s College, Annapolis.

Research Interests

  • Labor conditions in the health professions
  • Criminalization of drug use during pregnancy
  • LGBT health equity
  • Insurance benefit design


  • MSW (macro practice concentration) and MBE, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, St. John’s College, Annapolis