About

I am an assistant professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.   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 in the philosophy of psychiatry, ethics, feminist theory, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind. More specifically, I consider ethical and theoretical implications of psychiatric and neuroscientific practices, including the ethics of antidepressant and other psychopharmaceutical use, the normative implications of psychiatric diagnosis, and the implications of neuroscientific research for feminism.