I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) at the Department of Philosophy and Classics. I am also an Associate Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

My work is in philosophy of science/medicine, philosophy of mind/cognitive science, and bioethics.

I was recently a Visiting Research fellow at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, at Western University in Canada.

I will soon be teaching a seminar on the Naturalistic Approaches to the Self at the Pitt-Tsinghua Summer School for Philosophy of Science at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. 

Currently I am working on a manuscript, Reclaiming the Self in Psychopathology: Science, Narratives, and Persons, 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; especially those that help those with mental disorders flourish. Empirical research on psychopathology and first person narratives of mental disorder are central to this work.

My recent co-edited book (2019), The Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry, with Robyn Bluhm –a book intended to also serve as a textbook in philosophy of psychiatry– was recently published by the Bloomsbury Academic Press. You can find a review of it here.

Another edited book, Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research, with Jeffrey Poland,  with the MIT Press (2017). Some reviews can be found here and here.

I enjoy writing for a public audience. A short piece on the self that was recently published in Aeon Magazine can be read here.

More on my life and research can be found in a recent SCI PHI-Philosophy of Science Podcast interview here, and here on PSAGACITY: new media for new ideas in the philosophy of psychiatry, clinical psychology, and mental health.

Here are a few recent talks:

The indispensability of Patient Testimonies for Objectivity in Psychiatry”

“Patients as Experience Based Experts in Psychiatry”

“Grief, Depression and Justice in Mental Health Care”

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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)