Doctoral supervision

I supervise doctoral students in the following areas:

  • Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Psychology (e.g. belief, agency, rationality, self knowledge, memory)

  • Philosophy of Psychiatry (e.g. the nature of mental illness, status of psychiatry, psychiatric ethics)

Please contact me directly if you are thinking of applying to the University of Birmingham for a place in our PhD programme and want to work with me in one of the areas listed above. It would be great if you could send me a short research proposal together with your informal inquiry. The University of Birmingham also offers a PhD by distance learning.

Students who completed:

  1. Andrew Wright (The Problems of Pain), viva passed in February 2015.

  2. Andrew Woodhall (Addressing Anthropocentrism in Nonhuman Ethics), viva passed in December 2016.

  3. Isaura Peddis (Empathy as an Emotion), viva passed in September 2017.

  4. Rachel Gunn (Delusions and Affective Framing), viva passed in November 2017.

  5. Magdalena Antrobus (Epistemic and Psychological Benefits of Depression), viva passed in November 2017.

  6. Ben Costello (Moral Sequencing and Intervening to Prevent Harm), viva passed in December 2018.

  7. Alex Miller Tate ('Radical' Cognitive Science and Philosophical Psychopathology: The case of depression), viva passed in February 2019.

  8. Matilde Aliffi (Epistemic Rationality of Emotions: A new defence), viva passed in April 2019.

  9. Federico Bongiorno (Strange Beliefs: Essays on delusion formation), viva passed in November 2020.

  10. Markella Grigoriou (Blunted affect, social withdrawal and suicide in Schizophrenia), viva passed in November 2020.

  11. Valeria Motta (Being Present in Times of Absence: A Philosophical and Empirical Enquiry on Loneliness and Solitude), viva passed in December 2020.

  12. Eugenia Lancellotta (Can delusions be adaptive? The case of OCD), viva passed in October 2021.

Current students:

  1. Joseph Houlders (phenomenology and self narratives), 3rd year. Co-supervised with Matthew Broome.

  2. Noorit Larsen (Ethical decision making in people suffering from mood disorders), 4th year p/t. Co-supervised with Matthew Broome and Anna Lavis.

  3. Chloe Bamboulis (The role of moral philosophy in CBT and in self construction), 2nd year. Co-supervised with Iain Law.

  4. Kathleen Murphy-Hollies (How should the virtuous agent accommodate for confabulation), 2nd year. Co-supervised with Iain Law.

  5. Jessica Sutherland (Can we blame them? An examination of the moral responsibility of current and former child soldiers), 2nd year. Co-supervised with Jussi Suikkanen.

  6. Rafael Ambriz Gonzalez (Underpinnings of an Antirealist Account of Mental Disorders), 2nd year. Co-supervised with Ema Sullivan-Bissett and Henry Taylor.

  7. Jane Kisbey (Are psychopaths morally responsible for the harm they cause?), 2nd year. Co-supervised with Ema Sullivan-Bissett.

  8. Rosa Ritunnano (Self, World and Meaning: Integrative Phenomenological Approaches to Psychosis Onset and Delusion Formation), 2nd year p/t. Co-supervised with Matthew Broome.

  9. Aneela Khan (Mapping out testimonial and hermeneutical injustice in experiences of psychosis within early intervention services: a qualitative cross-sectional study), 2nd year. Co-supervised with Andrew Fox.

  10. Lucy Prior (Explaining the Youth Anxiety Epidemic: Towards a New Social Theory of Anxiety), 2nd year. Co-supervised with Matthew Broome and Ruth Page.

  11. Lou Teyssedou (The end of sectioning: A philosophical argument against the practice of involuntary detention), 1st year. Co-supervised with Ema Sullivan-Bissett and Iain Law.

  12. Aisha Qadoos (Trauma and the Self), 1st year. Co-supervised with Anna Lavis.


I have had the fortune to mentor a number of extraordinary post-doctoral researchers:

  • Kengo Miyazono, visiting post-doc in 2013-2015 and now Faculty at Hokkaido University (Japan).

  • Ema Sullivan-Bissett, project PERFECT post-doc and now Faculty at the University of Birmingham (UK).

  • Anneli Jefferson, post-doc on the Costs and Benefits of Optimism project in 2015-2016 and Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham 2016-2019, now Faculty at the University of Cardiff (UK).

  • Kathy Puddifoot, project PERFECT post-doc in 2015-2018 and now Faculty at the University of Durham (UK).

  • Andrea Polonioli, project PERFECT post-doc in 2016-2017 and now product marketing manager and business developer.

  • Sophie Stammers, project PERFECT post-doc in 2016-2020 and now software engineer in a renewable energy company.

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