I came to the University of Western Ontario in the summer of 1998. My previous job
was at the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University in Montreal, where I was a member of
the Biomedical Ethics Unit and the Clinical Trials Research Group. While at McGill, I
taught in the Master's Specialization Program in Bioethics and served on the
Research Ethics Board of the Douglas Psychiatric Hospital. 

Prior to my appointment to McGill, I taught philosophy and bioethics at the University of
Toronto over a period of about five years. During that time, I served as a Research
Associate at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics. In 1993-1994, I worked
as bioethicist at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. 

In addition to academic and hospital experience, I have also worked as a research and
program evaluation consultant for the Government of Ontario's Premier's Council
on Health Strategy. The Council was a "think-tank" created to plan for the
future of healthcare in Ontario. It was first created and chaired by Premier David
Peterson and subsequently chaired by Premier Bob Rae. During my stay with the
Premier's Council I authored several reports on the Council's Health Innovation
Fund and traveled extensively as an evaluator and research consultant for the Fund. My
experience as a consultant also includes work with the Ministry of Community and Social
Services. and the Mental Health Branch of the Ministry of Health. 

Currently, I am a tenured professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of
Western Ontario. I also have a joint appointment with the Faculty of Health Sciences and
a cross appointment in the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine and

I am also a member of the new Rotman Institute of Philosophy, based in the Department of
Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario. 

History and Philosophy of Medicine and Psychiatry


Anorexia: In the Grip of a Passion, Canadian Psychiatry Aujourd'hui (2012)

Reinstating the Passions: Lessons from the History of Psychopathology, The Oxford Handbook for the Philosophy of Emotion (2010)

History and Philosophy of Emotion and the Affective Sciences

Decision-Making Capacity and Responsibility in Addiction, Addiction and Responsibility (2011)

Affect, Oxford Companion to Affective Sciences (2009)

Emotion: Philosophical Issues, Oxford Companion to Consciousness (2009)

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