About

I am an associate professor 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 employ advances in these areas of philosophy to endeavor to improve psychiatric and neuroscientific practices.  Some of the topics I pursue include the ethics of antidepressant and other psychopharmaceutical use, the normative implications of psychiatric diagnosis, the feminist or anti-feminist effects of neuroscientific research, and the potential impact of relational models of the mind and self on psychiatric thinking.