Bio

I am a philosopher with research interests in the areas of moral theory, practical ethics, social/political philosophy, and the philosophy of psychiatry. My current research focuses on mental health ethics, law, and policy.

I am a Virginia-trained philosopher. I earned my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Virginia in May 2010. I have an M.A. in Philosophy from UVA and a B.A. in Philosophy from Virginia Commonwealth University.

I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from July 2010 until December 2012. Briefly after arriving at UNC I met Gary Gala, M.D. (Associate Chair of Education and Training, UNC Department of Psychiatry). We founded the Philosophy and Psychiatry Research Group (PPRG) in September 2010. I became an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC in 2011. PPRG continues to hold regular meetings and promote research at the intersection of philosophy of psychiatry in the Research Triangle area.

I was a postdoctoral fellow in Health Care Quality and Patient Outcomes from January 2013-December 2014. The fellowship was funded by the UNC School of Nursing (PI: Dr. Barbara Mark) and the mentor for my project was Dr. Eric Juengst (Director of the Center for Bioethics at UNC).

Since January 2015 I have been a fellow in the National Research Service Award (NRSA) Mental Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program, which is a collaborative project between The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC and the Duke University Medical Center. The mentor for my training program is Dr. Jeffrey Swanson (Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University). I am working with him on a range of topics in public health law and policy, including mandated community treatment, psychiatric advance directives, and policies for reducing firearms violence.

I was the Managing Editor of Public Affairs Quarterly from 2013-2014. I am currently the Chair of the Mental Health Ethics and Policy Affinity Group of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

My partner of nine years is the wonderful, Joy Meyer. She is an abstract oil painter.