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.

Currently I am working on my 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.

I regularly collaborate with scientists and clinicians, and teach a wide range of students in STEM and medical fields. My experience in such research and  teaching environments taught me that sometimes there is a gap between the ways in which scientists are trained and carry out their research and the way in which clinicians are trained and conduct their practice. For example, the knowledge that scientists conducting research strive for and produce can sometimes be too abstract for medical practitioners to directly apply in the clinical context (e.g., unpacking the neural mechanisms involved in fish memory vs addressing the suffering of those with Alzheimer’s Disease). Using the conceptual and practical resources of philosophy, my work addresses this gap and aims to build a bridge between the interests of scientists and clinicians, thus meeting the needs of patients more effectively.

My recent co-edited book, 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.

Another edited book, Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research, with Jeffrey Poland, was published in 2017 with the MIT Press.

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.

You can hear a recent talk, here, on “Grief, Depression and Justice in Mental Health Care” at Utica College’s Applied Ethics Institute.

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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)