Adam Hayden, M.A.

Curriculum Vitae

January 16, 2018







(317) 363-4843




572 San Ricardo Dr

Greenwood, IN 46142



Graduate-trained philosopher, blogger, public speaker, and person living with advanced brain cancer (glioblastoma).


Seeking opportunities to promote narrative practices in clinical medicine, science communication, and research advocacy through a blended delivery of personal experience, knowledge of research oncology, and philosophical considerations brought to bear on medical research and practice.





2017: M.A. Philosophy, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI


2013: B.A. Philosophy, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI


2009: A.A. English, Ivy Tech Community College




2016: Burke-Tilley Fund for Graduate Students, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI


2015: Sophia Prize for Excellence in Philosophy, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI


2013: John Riteris Memorial Scholarship, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI


2008: Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, Ivy Tech Community College






2018: Advocacy chair, OurBrainBank Smartphone App to collect Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) data for persons with Glioblastoma (GBM) (link)




2017: Advisor (funded), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Optimizing Palliative Care for Patients with Brain Cancer and Their Families,” September 11, 2017-present (link)


2017: Advisor (funded), National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), Patient and Caregiver Engagement (PACE) Advisory Group, May 15, 2017-present


2016: Advisor, The Cancer Genome Collective (CGC), The Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard, November 6, 2016-present





2017: “Dear Senator McCain, Here’s What I’ve Learned Living with Glioblastoma,” STAT News, July 26, 2017 (link)




2017: “The Powerful Platform Offered by NBTS,” National Brain Tumor Society News and Blog, November 7, 2017 (link)


2017: “Scientism is a Non-Threat: Considering Susan Haack and the Role of Philosophy,” A Philosopher’s Take, October 16, 2017 (link)


2017: “Exploring the Citizen-Science Partnership through Narrative-Based Science Communication, PLOS SciComm, October 11, 2017 (link)






2017: “Inside My Head: An Illness Narrative from a Brain Cancer Patient’s Perspective,” Communication Medicine and Ethics (COMET) International Conference, June 26, 2017 (link)


2015: “Limiting Phenomenal Conservatism,” Indiana Philosophical Association, April 10, 2015




2014: “How to be a Scientific Anti-Realist: Underdetermination Properly Applied,” Jonathon Fuqua, Indiana Philosophical Association, October 17, 2014


2014: “The Donohue-Levitt Hypothesis Examined Again,” Samuel Kahn, PhD, Indiana Philosophical Association, March 22, 2014




2017: Judge, 19th Annual Central States Regional Ethics Bowl, Marian University, November 11, 2017






2018: “Narrative Medicine and Physician-Patient Dynamics,” Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics (FCME) Lecture Series, Riley Outpatient Center (ROC), Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, January 17, 2018


2017: “Patient Autonomy in the Operating Room,” Marian University College of Arts and Sciences, December 5, 2017


2017: “Therapeutic Partnership in an Acute Rehabilitation Setting,” Indiana Occupational Therapy Association (IOTA) Fall Conference, November 4, 2017


2017: “Medical Humanities: Frankenstein and Contemporary Reflections on Patient-Centered Care,” Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI,  April 12, 2017


2017: “Narrative Approaches to Medicine and the Role of the Physician,” Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, March 29, 2017




2018: “A Patient’s Perspective: Brain Cancer and Palliative Care,” Indiana University School of Medicine, Bioethics Seminar, February 26, 2018


2018: “Narrative Medicine and Residency,” Indiana University School of Medicine, January 24, 2018


2017: “Strength and Vulnerability: Giving and Receiving Illness Narratives,” Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Medical Humanities and Health Studies (MHHS) Seminar Series, November 8, 2017


2017: “Narrative Medicine Applied to Medical Residency,” Indiana University School of Medicine, April 12, 2017




2016: “Physician-Patient Asymmetries of Power for First Year Medical Student Orientation,” Indiana University School of Medicine, August 12, 2016


2017: “Physician-Patient Communication for First Year Medical Student Orientation,” Indiana University School of Medicine, August 11, 2017




2017: Co-Founder, Adam Hayden Philosophy Scholarship (endowed), IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, gift agreement signing, August 22, 2017


2017: Roundtable with Professor Alice Dreger, PhD, Department of Medical Humanities and Health Studies (MHHS), IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, June 27, 2017


2015: Original paper, “Limiting Phenomenal Conservatism,” Graduate Student Philosophy Symposium, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI,  April 13, 2015


2014: Original paper, “A Brief Reply to David Brink On Behalf of the Noncognitivist,” Meta-Ethics Graduate Student Meeting, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, February 9, 2014


2014: Co-founding member, Philosophy and Physics Working Group, joint partnership of IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and School of Science at IUPUI




2017: “Citizen Science: Learning Science Outside the Discipline,” Central Indiana Science Outreach (CINSO) Cafe Inquiry Series, September 20, 2017


2017: “Inside My Head, Part II: Toward Recovery,” June 11, 2017


2017: “Well Wishes and Folk Theology,” Department of Religious Studies IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI,  April 19, 2017


2017: “Inside My Head, Part I: The Personal Story of My Walk with Brain Cancer,” March 5, 2017




2017: Interview, Indianapolis Star, “Where Are They Now? Greenwood Dad of 3 Continues to Fight for His Life,” November 22, 2017 (link)


2017: Participant (funded), “This is Living with Cancer,” Patients & Purpose campaign, October 2, 2017 (link)


2017: Guest, “The Adam Hayden Trilogy,” National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) Podcast, June 13, 2017 (link)


2017: Interview, “Living While Facing Death,” Indianapolis Star, June 9, 2017 (link)


2017: Interview, “Father Inspires Others While Facing Cancer Diagnosis,” WRTV 6 News, May 23, 2017 (link)


2017: Interview, “Redefining His Faith,” The Daily Journal, April 20, 2017 (link)




2017: Interview, “Super Patient and Storyteller Adam Hayden Takes an Active Approach to Glioblastoma Treatment,” Cancer Commons, November 29, 2017 (link)


2017: Consumer Reviewer (funded), Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)


2017: Closed session participant, National Brain Tumor Society Research Roundtable: Improving Early Phase Clinical Trials to Accelerate Brain Tumor Drug Development, December 12, 2017


2017: Closed session participant (funded), Patient and Caregiver Engagement Advisory Group, National Brain Tumor Society 2017 Scientific Summit, October 6, 2017


2017: Participant, National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) 2017 Scientific Summit, October 5, 2017


2017: Co-moderator Brain Tumor Social Media (BTSM) Monthly Twitter Chat, July 30, 2017-present


2017: State Advocate (funded), National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS) Head to the Hill, May 8-9, 2017


2017: Interview, “Choosing Quality of Life over Treatment,” The I Know Something (IKS) Project, March 13, 2017 (link)


2016: Creator, Glioblastology: A Graduate Trained Philosopher Documents His Battle with Glioblastoma, personal blog, October 9, 2016-present (link)




Adam and his wife, Whitney, an Occupational Therapist at a level one trauma hospital, have three sons, six, four, and two years old. Adam was diagnosed on June 10, 2016 with glioblastoma, a grade IV astrocytoma, also known as a high-grade glioma. Glioblastoma is an aggressive and deadly brain cancer.


Adam has over ten years experience as a learning and development (L&D) professional, working both for a Fortune 500 company and a small-size contract-based consulting firm. Adam has held the following positions during his L&D career: Content Development Team Lead, Instructional Designer, Workforce Analyst, Senior Training Specialist, and Training Delivery Specialist.


Adam lives with his family in Indianapolis, Indiana.