I am a Research Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at The UNC School of Medicine. I serve as the faculty supervisor of the UNC Philosophy and Psychiatry Research Group, which I co-founded with Gary Gala, and am a member of the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee and Clinical Ethics Consultation Service.
My areas of specialization are Medical Ethics, Philosophy of Medicine, Moral Psychology, Philosophy of Law, and Political Philosophy, especially where those areas intersect with conceptual and ethical issues in Psychiatry. At the most general level, my current work focuses on conceptual, ethical, policy, and legal issues related to mental health. Some current research projects include: self-knowledge and ethical issues in the context of psychotherapy, developing an “internal reasons” framework for decision-making capacity evaluations, racial inequities in mental health care and services, identifying and reducing varieties of coercion in psychiatric services, and ethical issues involved in enhancing our mental and moral capacities with biomedical technologies.
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. After that, I 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.