about

I am a McDonnell postdoctoral scholar in the Philosophy Neuroscience and Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis, and a member of the Moral Psychology Research Group.

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Originally from Chicago’s south side, I completed my B.A. in Philosophy with honors in the major at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2010, and earned my PhD in philosophy at Purdue University in 2015 under the direction of Daniel Kelly. I’m interested in externalist perspectives in philosophy of mind, psychology, and cognitive science, with the over-arching goal of understanding the ways in which minds and environments interact. Sometimes I like to think about Philosophical Taoism.

My dissertation research, entitled ‘Mental Health and Human Minds: Some Theoretical Criteria for Clinical Psychiatry’, investigates the theoretic and conceptual foundations of psychiatry as a science, and how mental health can be used as a lens through which to view human psychological nature.  I have also worked on projects on implicit bias and implicit cognition.