Welcome

I am a Research Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine.

Gary Gala, MD and I are the founding and current Co-Directors of 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” is on Saturday, March 25th.

Rebecca Taylor, MD and I co-chair the Department of Psychiatry’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Workgroup on Ethics and Legislation. I am the Editor of our Bulletin, DEI Developments in Mental Health Ethics, Law and Policy.

My research is in the areas of Bioethics, Practical Ethics, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Law and Political Philosophy. My current work is in the areas of Psychiatric Ethics, Neuroethics, Neurolaw and Global Health Ethics. I have an ongoing interest in philosophical debates about Human Enhancement.

I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of Virginia. I have also completed a postdoctoral fellowship on “Evaluating Health Care Quality and Outcomes”, supervised by Eric Juengst, and funded by the UNC School of Nursing. I then completed postdoctoral training in a joint UNC/Duke program on “Mental Health Services Research”, supervised by Jeffrey Swanson, and funded by the National Institutes of Health.