Research Interests

Lecturer in Philosophy (starting September 2021)

I will primarily work upon analysing and critiquing the role of service users in psychiatric research by employing philosophy of science.

Academic Postdoctoral Researcher (2018-2021)

A Wellcome Trust funded postdoc where I developed a novel way to understand psychiatric diagnoses through employing a Kantian and neo-Kantian framework. I aimed to show that psychiatric diagnoses can be scientifically legitimate despite not reflecting mind-independent natural kinds.

PhD (2010-2016)

Half my PhD analysed psychiatric diagnoses using notions of scientific realism. The other half was in the history of autism. These two were integrated through the historical material providing evidence for the philosophical arguments. I argued that a realist interpretation of psychiatric diagnoses was possible despite their causal heterogeneity.