I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Prior to Upstate, I was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) at the Department of Philosophy and Classics, and the Director of the Medical Humanities Program at UTSA. My work is in philosophy of science/medicine/psychiatry, philosophy of mind/cognitive science, bioethics and more recently the ethics of Artificial Intelligence. It is heavily informed by feminist and social epistemology.
My work has been recognized by several awards. I am the winner of the Book Manuscript Workshop Award from Ann Johnson Institute (AJI) for Science, Technology, and Society, University of South Carolina, SC. The award is given to a scholar who has a first-time book monograph near completion. It allows them to invite, and the AJI to fund, up to three senior experts in the author’s field as well as an acquisitions editor from a major scholarly press to for a one-day workshop.
At UTSA, I have received the President’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in Research Achievement (Tenured Category) which “recognizes, encourages and rewards faculty who have conducted a sustained program of high-quality, high-impact research that has translated into national and international recognition and has made a substantial contribution to the faculty member’s field.” I have also received the Stumberg Researcher of the Year Award, UTSA (Tenured Category), which recognizes the most research active tenured faculty in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts at UTSA.I have also been the recipient of UTSA’s Lutcher Brown Fellowship which is awarded to select newly tenured faculty who have demonstrated an outstanding record of excellence in their scholarly activities and commitment to student success. I also have interests in philosophy of space and space exploration and recently taught a course –“the first university philosophy course taught fully in the metaverse“– on Philosophy and Science of Space Exploration (PoSE) with my colleague Chris Packham. Here is a nice review of the course in San Antonio Express News.
I have spent Spring 2022 as a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at University of Pittsburgh. I am a faculty partner at the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care at St. Catherine’s College at the University of Oxford. I am also an honorary research fellow at the Center for Olfactory Research and Applications at the Institute of Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK. I have served as the Poster Forum chair for the 2022 Philosophy of Science Association Meeting in Pittsburgh.
Currently I am working on a manuscript, Reclaiming the Self in Psychiatry: Centering Personal Narratives for a Humanist Science (under contract with Routledge), in which I make a case for including the self as an explicit target of research in scientific psychiatry in order to develop humanistic care practices in the clinic and beyond — practices that help persons with mental disorders flourish. Empirical research on psychopathology and first person narratives are central to this work. My co-edited book (2021), The Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics was recently published by the Oxford University Press, with an international group of psychologists, philosophers, and psychiatrists. It offers a thorough analysis of the pressing ethical issues that emerge in an increasingly multicultural, diverse, divergent, and digital space of psychotherapy. I also co-edited (2019) The Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry, with Robyn Bluhm, which is intended to serve as a textbook in philosophy of psychiatry, offering an introduction to philosophy of psychiatry by mapping it on to the traditional areas of philosophy. You can find a review of it here. A paperback copy was published in 2022.Another co-edited book (2017), Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research, with Jeffrey Poland, adopts a Kuhnian approach to make sense of the existing research landscape in psychiatry. Some reviews can be found here and here.
Note: The subtitle of this website is inspired by the following quote from Janet Frame's autobiography.
From the first place of liquid darkness, within the second place of air and light, I set down the following record with its mixture of facts and truths and memories of truths and its direction always toward the Third Place, where the starting point is myth.
(Frame 2008/1982, 3)