About

I am an assistant professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.  Previously, I was a tenure-track assistant professor at Loyola University New Orleans.  I earned my Ph.D. in philosophy at MIT; my dissertation is entitled “Antidepressants, Bioenhancements, and the Ethics of Self-Respect.”  Before coming to MIT, I completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University: one in the Department of the History of Science (studying the role of neuroscientific findings in popular self-help literature), and the other in the Mind Brain Behavior Initiative (studying the placebo effect).  And, before that, I received a separate Ph.D. in neuroscience at Yale University, where my dissertation focused on G Protein regulation (and the basic biology underlying antidepressant mechanisms).  My current work is on a range of philosophical topics linking neuroscience, psychiatry, ethics, philosophy of psychiatry, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and feminist theory. More specifically, I examine the ethics of antidepressant and other psychopharmaceutical use, the ethical constraints on how we treat ourselves, and the implications of neuroscientific research for feminism.