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 on 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.

Current students:

  1. Markella Grigoriou (schizophrenia and suicide), writing up. Co-supervised with Rachel Upthegrove.
  2. Valeria Motta (loneliness), 3rd year. Co-supervised with Michael Larkin and Anneli Jefferson.
  3. Federico Bongiorno (delusion formation), 3rd year. Co-supervised with Ema Sullivan-Bissett.
  4. Eugenia Lancellotta (adaptiveness of delusions), 2nd year. Co-supervised with Matthew Broome, Anneli Jefferson and Anna Lavis.
  5. Noorit Larsen (mood disorders and decision making), 2nd year p/t. Co-supervised with Matthew Broome, Anneli Jefferson and Anna Lavis.
  6. Joseph Houlders (phenomenology and self narratives), 1st year. Co-supervised with Matthew Broome.
Kengo Miyazono
Ema Sullivan-Bissett


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 the University of Hiroshima.
  • Ema Sullivan-Bissett, project PERFECT post-doc and now Faculty at the University of Birmingham.
  • 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.
  • Kathy Puddifoot, project PERFECT post-doc in 2015-2018 and now Faculty at the University of Durham.
  • Andrea Polonioli, project PERFECT post-doc in 2016-2017 and now research consultant.
  • Sophie Stammers, currently project PERFECT post-doc.