Supervision

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:

  • Andrew Wright (The Problems of Pain), viva passed in February 2015.
  • Andrew Woodhall (Addressing Anthropocentrism in Nonhuman Ethics), viva passed in December 2016.
  • Isaura Peddis (Empathy as an Emotion), viva passed in September 2017.
  • Rachel Gunn (Delusions and Affective Framing), viva passed in November 2017.
  • Magdalena Antrobus (Epistemic and Psychological Benefits of Depression), viva passed in November 2017.
  • Ben Costello (Moral Sequencing and Intervening to Prevent Harm), viva passed in December 2018.

Current students:

  • Alex Miller Tate (anhedonia), writing up. Co-supervised with Iain Law.
  • Matilde Aliffi (rationality of emotions), writing up. Co-supervised with Iain Law.
  • Markella Grigoriou (depression and suicide), 3rd year. Co-supervised with Rachel Upthegrove.
  • Valeria Motta (loneliness), 3rd year. Co-supervised with Michael Larkin and Anneli Jefferson.
  • Federico Bongiorno (delusion formation), 3rd year. Co-supervised with Ema Sullivan-Bissett.
  • Eugenia Lancellotta (adaptiveness of delusions), 2nd year. Co-supervised with Matthew Broome and Anneli Jefferson.
  • Noorit Larsen (mood disorders and decision making), 1st year. Co-supervised with Matthew Broome and Anneli Jefferson.
  • Joseph Houlders (phenomenology and self narratives), 1st year. Co-supervised with Matthew Broome.
Kengo Miyazono
Ema Sullivan-Bissett

Mentorship

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 now Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham.
  • 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 MBA candidate at the Strathclyde Business School.
  • Sophie Stammers, currently project PERFECT post-doc.