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I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy, and the Director of the Medical Humanities Minor at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Daemen College in Buffalo, New York. I am also an Associate Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

In the Fall of 2018, I will be starting a new position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) at the Department of Philosophy and Classics.

My philosophical interests are 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.

My  co-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.

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)