I am a Research Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
I work in the areas of Bioethics, Practical Ethics, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy. My current research is in the areas of Psychiatric Ethics, Neuroethics, Neurolaw and Global Health Ethics (especially, in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa). I have an ongoing interest in philosophical debates about the ethics of Human Enhancement.
I earned my Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy from The University of Virginia. I have also completed a NIH-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the UNC School of Nursing on Evaluating Health Care Quality and Patient Outcomes, supervised by Eric Juengst. I then completed a NIH-funded, joint UNC/Duke T32 training program on Mental Health Services and Systems Research supervised by Jeffrey Swanson.
I Co-Founded and Co-Direct The UNC Psychiatry, Philosophy and Mental Health Program. We host The Carolina Seminar on Philosophy, Ethics and Mental Health, which is a speaker series that is held online but is not recorded. We also host the annual UNC Philosophy and Psychiatry Conference.The first annual conference, featuring talks by Kathryn Tabb, John Sadler, Hilde Lindemann, and Jonathan Lear with commentaries by Derek Bolton, Brent Kious, Rebecca Walker and Ryan Preston-Roedder, can be viewed HERE. The 2nd Annual Conference, featuring presentations and conversations with Susan Levin, David Livingstone Smith and David Chalmers, is available HERE. The 3rd Annual Conference, on the topic of “The Scientific, Ethical and Policy Dimensions of Suicide Prevention” with presentations by Patrick Sullivan, Amy Johnson, Michael Cholbi, Marie Nicollini, and Brent Kious is available HERE.