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I am a doctoral student at the Centre for Studies in the Theory of Practical Knowledge. I am also one of three investigators working on a research project being conducted in the Baltic sea region, which is entitled, “Phenomenology of Suffering in Medicine.” The mandate of my sub-project is to assess the way in which clinicians approach, conceptualize, and experience the suffering associated with patients diagnosed with clinical depression. Analyzing the relationship between clinician and patient, I hope, will reveal the way in which ‘know how’ and ‘knowing that’ are synthesized as phronesis, which is essential to the development of good medical practice. Additionally, I will address ethical issues in psychiatric medicine that remain under appreciated in the context of psychiatric suffering, such as the limits and obligations associated with empathic care. Drawing from the research data, the aim is to formulate practical solutions to problems in diagnosis or clinician-patient relations, with an eye toward the mitigation of suffering that cannot be cleaved from the experience of depression.

My general academic interests relate broadly to the philosophy of medicine, philosophy of psychiatry, and existential-phenomenology. In developing embodied accounts of psychiatric disorders, my work is most notably influenced by French Philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty. I graduated in 2012 with a BA (Hon) from the philosophy department at York University in Toronto, Canada. In 2014 I received my MHealthSc in Bioethics from the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, where I submitted a thesis entitled: “The Phenomenology of Depression: the lived-body and the silence of salience.”

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