Dr. Ulrich is the Lillian S. Brunner Chair, a Professor of Nursing and a Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. She received postdoctoral training in bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and was the first nurse bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania. Ulrich's research has focused on both clinical and research ethics. Her research has shown the importance of an ethical climate and ethics preparedness and confidence for nurses in nurse retention and job satisfaction. She also studies ethical issues in the recruitment and retention of cancer patients in cancer clinical trials and the benefits and burdens of research participation. Ulrich provided testimony to the Presidential Bioethics Commission on the importance of ethics education for nursing and how ethics education influences the moral action of nurses with their patients.