Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, 2018-

Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Department of Philosophy

George Mason University

Greenwall Faculty Scholar, 2018-2021

Project: The Ethics of Severe Brain Injury

Greenwall Foundation

Research Assistant Professor, 2016-2018

Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, Department of Philosophy

George Mason University

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar, 2013-2016

Rotman Institute of Philosophy and The Brain and Mind Institute

University of Western Ontario

Visiting Scholar, The Hastings Center, Summer, 2012

Project: Ethical implications of detecting covert awareness in disorders of consciousness

Policy and Auxiliary Appointments 

Crest Fellow, 2017

Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

Washington D.C.

Research Ethics Faculty Fellow, 2018

Office of Research Integrity and Assurance

George Mason University

Member, 2017-

Institutional Review Board

George Mason University

Affiliate Member, 2016-

Rotman Institute of Philosophy

University of Western Ontario

Education

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Western Ontario, 2016

Dissertation: Assessing decision-making capacity after severe brain injury

Supervisors: Profs. Charles Weijer and Adrian M. Owen

 

M.A. Philosophy, San Francisco State University, 2011

Thesis: Experiment as a machine for making the future

Supervisors: Profs. Isabelle Peschard and Bas C. van Fraassen

 

B.A. Philosophy (With Distinction), Sonoma State University, 2004

Funding

The Coming Home Dialogues, 2018-2019 

Funding Body: National Endowment for the Humanities (Extramural)

Project: To develop and implement humanities-based workshops for service academy instructors and U.S. military veterans, which allow participants to explore the moral, psychological, and spiritual impacts of war. 

PIs: Kirkpatrick and Barrett; Co-PI: Peterson

The Ethics of Severe Brain Injury, 2018-2021

Funding Body: Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program (Extramural)

Project: To explore ethical, methodological, and policy issues associated with the use of neuroimaging to assess brain-injured patients. 

PI: Peterson

 

Responsible Conduct of Research at Mason, 2018-2019

Funding Body: George Mason University, Vice Provost for Research (Intramural)

Project: To implement a university-wide survey of research climate at Mason (SOURCE survey) and to develop methods to improve responsible conduct of research.

PIs: Dade, DiTeresi, Eckenwiler, Peterson

The Ethics of Neuroimaging After Serious Brain Injury, 2014-2018

Funding Body: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Extramural)

Project: To explore ethical issues associated with the use of neuroimaging and EEG to assess brain-injured patients. 

PIs: Weijer and Owen; Collaborator: Peterson

 

The Ethics of Neuroimaging After Serious Brain Injury, 2013-2016

Funding Body: Vanier Canada Graduate Scholars Program (Extramural)

Project: To explore ethical and epistemological issues associated with the use of neuroimaging to assess brain-injured patients. 

PI: Peterson

Awards

Stearns Center Outstanding Teacher Award Nominee, George Mason University. 2018  

Outstanding Synthesis Class Recognition, George Mason University. 2016, 2017, 2018

Vanier Scholar Research Fund. Research Western. June, 2013.

        

Rotman Institute of Philosophy Graduate Research Award. Rotman Institute of Philosophy. June, 2015.

 

Rotman Institute of Philosophy Graduate Research Award. Rotman Institute of Philosophy. June, 2014.

 

Richard A. Harshman Prize. Department of Psychology. University of Western Ontario. March, 2013.

        

Academic Achievement Scholarship. Teaching Assistant Union. University of Western Ontario. March, 2013.

        

Early Scholar Award. Brain Matters 3 Neuroethics Conference. October, 2012.

        

Phyllis and Albert Sussman Visiting Scholar Award. The Hastings Center. June, 2012.

Rotman Institute of Philosophy Doctoral Entrance Scholarship. Rotman Institute of Philosophy. June, 2011.

 

Graduate Research Scholarship. University of Western Ontario. August, 2011 - August, 2015.

  

Graduate Award of Distinguished Achievement. Faculty of Arts and Humanities. San Francisco State University. May, 2011

  

Graduate of Distinction. Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Sonoma State University. May, 2004.  

Publications

Peterson A, Tagliazzuchi E, Weijer C (Forthcoming) The Ethics of Psychedelic Research in Disorders of

Consciousness. Neuroscience of Consciousness.

 

Peterson A, Owen AM, Karlawish J (Forthcoming) Alive Inside. Bioethics.

Peterson A (Forthcoming) A critical analysis of Joseph Fins' mosaic decision makingCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. [With accompanying response from Professor Fins]

 

Peterson A (2018) Should neuroscience inform judgments of decision-making capacity? Neuroethics; 12(2):133-151.

Peterson A, Bayne T (2018) Post-comatose disorders of consciousness. In Gennaro R.J. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Consciousness, pp.351-365; New York: Routledge.

Peterson A, Bayne T (2017) A taxonomy for disorders of consciousness that takes consciousness seriously. AJOB-Neuroscience; 8(3): 153-155.

Cairncross M, Peterson A, Lazosky A, Gofton T, Weijer C. (2016) Assessing decision making capacity in patients with communication impairments. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics; 25: 691-699.  

 

Peterson A. (2016) Consilience, clinical validation, and global disorders of consciousness. Neuroscience of Consciousness. First published online, Aug., 2016. doi:10.1093/nc/niw011. [9-pages]

 

Weijer C, Bruni T, Gofton T, Young B, Norton L, Peterson A, Owen AM. (2016) Ethical considerations in functional magnetic resonance imaging research in acutely comatose patients. Brain; 139(pt1): 292-299.

 

Graham M, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Gofton T, Gonzalez-Lara L, Lazosky A, Naci L, Norton L, Peterson A, Speechley K, Young B, Owen AM. (2015) An ethics of welfare for patients diagnosed as vegetative with covert awareness. AJOB-Neuroscience; 6(2): 31-41.

 

Peterson A, Cruse D, Naci L, Weijer C, Owen AM. (2015) Risk, diagnostic error, and the clinical science of consciousness. NeuroImage:Clinical; 7: 588-597.

 

Graham M, Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Owen AM. (2015) Acknowledging awareness: informing families of individual research results for patients in vegetative states. Journal of Medical Ethics; 41(7): 534-8.

 

Peterson A, Norton L, Naci L, Owen AM, Weijer C. (2014) Toward a science of brain death. AJOB; 14(8): 29-31.

 

Peterson A, Thome J, Frewen P, Lanius R. (2014) Resting-state neuroimaging studies: A new way of identifying the differences and similarities among the anxiety disorders? Canadian Journal of Psychiatry; 59(6): 295-300.

 

Weijer C, Peterson A, Webster F, Graham M, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Gofton T, Gonzalez-Lara L, Lazosky A, Naci L, Owen AM. (2014) Ethics of neuroimaging after serious brain injury. BMC Medical Ethics; 15(41). doi: 10.1186/1472-6939-15-41. [13-pages]

 

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Graham M, Owen AM. (2013) Assessing decision making capacity in the behaviorally non-responsive patient with residual covert awareness. AJOB-Neuroscience; 4(4): 3-14.

 

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Owen AM. (2013) A principled argument, but not a practical one. AJOB-Neuroscience; 4(1): 52-53.

 

Peterson A. (2011) The relevance of scientific practice to the problem of coordination. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science; 5(1): 44-57.

Other Publications

Peterson A, Aas S, Wasserman D. (2018) What justifies the prioritization of healthcare resources to patients with severe brain injury? (Abstract). AJOB-Neuroscience; 9(4): W1.

Kirkpatrick J, Barret E. Peterson A. (2018) Moral injury in remote drone operators. (Training Module for Yellow Ribbon Program, DoD)

Kluck M*, Peterson A. (2018) Ethical considerations for fMRI research involving human fetuses in utero. (Abstract). AJOB-Neuroscience; 9(1): W5-W6.

Downes P*, Peterson A. (2018) Ethical issues in pharmacological research in disorders of consciousness: A case study of Amantadine. (Abstract) AJOB-Neuroscience; 9(1): W6.

Denton SW*, Eckenwiler L, Peterson A. (2018) Remembering trauma: The ethical implications of memory dampening for sexual assault survivors. (Abstract). AJOB-Neuroscience; 9(1): W13.

Peterson A, Kirkpatrick J, Boehm-Davis DA. (2017) Developing ethical, legal, and policy analyses relevant to the use of machine learning algorithms in national security. (White Paper to the National Academies; Catalogued in the National Academies' Decadal Survey of the Social and Behavioral Sciences). [4-pages] 

* denotes trainee

 

Symposia

Peterson A, Naci L, Goering S, Silvers A, Weijer C. Reading the minds of severely brain injured persons. (Invited symposium). American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division. Sponsored by the Society for Philosophy and Disability. San Francisco, USA. March, 2016.

 

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Bor D, Young B, Owen AM. Ethical implications of detecting awareness in the disorders of consciousness patient. (Plenary symposium). Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. San Diego, USA. July, 2013.

Presentations 

 

Peterson A, Kostick K, Blumenthal-Barby J. Seeing minds in disorders of consciousness patients. (Oral presentation). American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Pittsburgh, USA. October, 2019.

 

Peterson A. Alive Inside: The search for consciousness following severe brain injury. (Invited oral presentation). Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, Baylor College of Medicine. Houston, USA. September, 2019.

Peterson A. Are they really conscious? Responding to criticism of the mental imagery task. (Invited oral presentation). Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine. Houston, USA. September, 2019.

 

Largent E,Peterson A, Karlawish J. Supported decision making for people at the margins of autonomy. (Invited panel presentation). Charm City Colloquium on Bioethics and Health Law. Baltimore, USA. September, 2019. 

 

Peterson A, Heilig C. Are there levels of consciousness? An instrumentalist’s reply. (Poster presentation). Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. London, Canada. June, 2019.

 

Peterson A. Erring on the side of consciousness. (Invited symposium presentation; Chair: Fins). Neuroethics Network Meeting, ICM Brain and Spine Institute. Paris, France. June, 2019.

 

Peterson A, Kostick K, Blumenthal-Barby J. Seeing minds in disorders of consciousness patients. (Invited oral presentation). Trinity College Dublin Disorders of Consciousness Workshop. Dublin, Ireland. April, 2019.

Peterson A. Alive Inside: Using neuroimaging to detect consciousness in the brain-injured patient. (Invited oral presentation). Penn Memory Center and Penn Program for Precision Medicine of the Brain, University of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, USA. February, 2019.

DiTeresi C, Peterson A, Eckenwiler L. Practically-oriented frameworks for promoting RCR: Analysis of the 5-D framework for research ethics. (Oral presentation). Association for practical and professional ethics. Baltimore, USA. February, 2019.

Eckenwiler L, Dade A, DiTeresi C, Peterson A. A novel model for transforming RCR: Responsible and connected conduct of research. (Oral presentation). Association for practical and professional ethics. Baltimore, USA. February, 2019.

Peterson A. Should neuroscience inform judgments of decision-making capacity? (Invited oral presentation). NIH Bioethics Fellows Seminar. Bethesda, USA. December, 2018.

 

Peterson A. Professional ethics and publication practices. (Invited oral presentation). George Mason University Office of Research Integrity and Assurance Seminar. Washington DC, USA. November, 2018.  

Peterson A, Aas S, Wasserman D. What justifies the prioritization of healthcare resources to patients with severe brain injury? (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. San Diego, USA. October, 2018. AJOB-Neuroscience top abstract award.

Peterson A. A critical analysis of mosaic decision making. (Invited symposium presentation; Chairs: Fins and Naccache). Neuroethics Network Meeting, ICM Brain and Spine Institute. Paris, France. June, 2018.

 

Peterson A. Ethics, machine learning, and disorders of consciousness. (Invited oral presentation). Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Ashburn, USA. March, 2018.

DeFranco J*, Peterson A. An analysis of disparities in methods for determining brain death across U.S. medical centers. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2017.

Denton SW*, Eckenwiler L, Peterson A. Remembering Trauma: The ethical implications of memory dampening for sexual assault survivors. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2017. AJOB-Neuroscience top abstract award.

Downes P*, Peterson A. Ethical issues in pharmacological research in disorders of consciousness. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2017. AJOB-Neuroscience top abstract award.

Kluck M*, Peterson A. Ethical considerations for fMRI research involving human fetuses in utero. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2017. AJOB-Neuroscience top abstract award.

Kirkpatrick J, Barrett E, Peterson A. Coming Home: Dialogues on the moral, psychological, and spiritual impacts of war. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2017.

Neely C*, Peterson A. A bayesian framework for disorders of consciousness research. (Poster presentation). Society for Neuroscience. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2017.

Peterson A. Ethical and legal considerations for medical professionals in the prevention of organ trafficking. (Oral presentation). Organ Trafficking Workshop: Policy, Modeling, and Ethical Perspectives. Schar School for Policy and Government. Washington D.C., USA. March, 2017.

Peterson A. Finding consciousness following catastrophic brain injury. (Invited oral presentation). Center for Neural Informatics, Neural Structures, and Neural Plasticity. Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2016

Stephensen M*, Peterson A, Weijer C. Are organ donors really dead, or just dead enough? A critique of the dead donor rule. (Oral presentation). Canadian Brioethics Society. Toronto, Canada. May, 2016.

Peterson A. Unlocking their voices: The ethics of neuroimaging consciousness. (Invited oral presentation). Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, George Mason University. Washington D.C., USA. March, 2016

 

Peterson A. Ethical challenges of seeking informed consent from the severely brain injured person. (Oral presentation). American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Society for Philosophy and Disability. San Francisco, USA. March, 2016.

 

Peterson A, Weijer C, Owen AM. Clinical validation studies and the science of consciousness. (Poster presentation). Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness 19th Annual Meeting. Paris, France. July, 2015.

 

Peterson A, Cruse D, Fernandez-Espejo D, Bruni T, Weijer C, Owen AM. A framework for comparing neuroimaging techniques used to assess disorders of consciousness. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2014.

 

Weijer C, Bruni T, Gofton T, Norton L, Peterson A, Young GB, Owen AM. Ethical issues in fMRI research in patients with severe brain injuries in the intensive care unit. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., November, 2014.

 

Graham M, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Gonzalez-Lara L, Peterson A, Speechley K, Owen AM. Evaluating subjective well-being in patients diagnosed as vegetative with covert awareness. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington D.C., USA. November, 2014.

 

Weijer C, Graham M, Peterson A, Naci L, Cruse D, Fernandez-Espejo D, Gonzalez-Lara L, Owen AM. Acknowledging awareness: Informing families of individual research results for patients in the vegetative state. (Oral presentation). Canadian Bioethics Society. Vancouver, Canada. May, 2014.

        

Graham M, Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Cruse D, Lazosky A, Gonzalez-Lara L, Owen AM. Communication with patients diagnosed with disorders of consciousness, and the moral significance of sentience. (Oral presentation). Canadian Bioethics Society. Vancouver, Canada. May, 2014.

        

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Benmordecai D, Cruse D, Fernandez-Espejo D, Gofton T, Gonzalez-Lara L, Lazosky A, Speechley K, Young B, Owen AM. Is is possible to assess decision making capacity in the disorders of consciousness patient? (Oral presentation). Canadian Bioethics Society. Vancouver, Canada. May, 2014.

        

Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Graham M, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Lazosky A, Owen AM. Why discussion of end-of-life decisions through brain computer interfaces starts the ethical debate off on the wrong foot. (Oral presentation). Brain Matters 4. Vancouver, Canada. March, 2014.

 

Graham M , Weijer C,  Peterson A, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Cruse D, Lazosky A, Gonzalez-Lara L, Owen AM. Communication with patients diagnosed with disorders of consciousness, and the moral significance of sentience. (Oral presentation). Brain Matters 4. Vancouver, Canada. March, 2014.

 

Peterson A, Cruse D, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Graham M, Lazosky A, Weijer C, Owen AM. Ethical challenges in deriving the clinical utility of EEG for diagnosis of the vegetative state. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. San Diego, USA. November, 2013.

 

Graham M, Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Cruse D, Lazosky A, Gonzalez-Lara L, Owen AM. Communication with patients diagnosed with disorders of consciousness, and the moral significance of sentience. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. San Diego, USA. November, 2013.

 

Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Graham M, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Lazosky A, Owen AM. Why discussion of end-of-life decisions through brain computer interfaces starts the ethical debate off on the wrong foot. (Oral and poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. San Diego, USA. November, 2013. AJOB-Neuroscience top abstract award.

 

Peterson A. The brain at war: ethical and epistemic implications of beta-blocker therapy for combat induced psychiatric injury. (Poster presentation). Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness. San Diego, USA. July, 2013.

 

Peterson A. Assessing decision-making capacity in disorders of consciousness. (Oral presentation). Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness 17th Annual Meeting. San Diego, USA. July, 2013.

 

Peterson A. The brain at war: ethical and epistemic implications of beta-blocker therapy for combat induced psychiatric injury. (Poster presentation). Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Providence, USA. June, 2013.

 

Peterson A, Weijer C, Naci L, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Shriver A, Graham M, Owen AM. Are you in pain? Attending to the sentience of the disorder of consciousness patient. (Poster presentation). The Canadian Association of Neuroscience. Toronto, Canada. May, 2013.

 

Peterson A. Moral dimensions of operational stress injury. (Oral presentation). Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Workshop. London, Canada. November, 2012.

 

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Graham M, Owen AM. Ethical implications of detecting awareness in VS. (Oral presentation). Brain Matters 3. Cleveland, USA. October, 2012. Early Scholar Award.

 

Graham M, Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Owen AM. Ethical implications of disclosing research results to patients’ families in disorder of consciousness research. (Oral presentation). Brain Matters 3. Cleveland, USA. October, 2012.

 

Peterson A. Ethical implications of detecting covert awareness in disorders of consciousness. (Oral presentation) The Hastings Centre visiting scholar lecture series. New York, USA. June, 2012.

 

Peterson A. Psychophysiology and the warrior ethos. (Poster presentation). Western University Research Day. London, USA. March, 2012.

 

Peterson A. Comments on ‘Compounded Vulnerabilities in Social Institutions: Vulnerabilities as Kinds’. (Oral presentation). Diotima Conference. London, Canada. September, 2011.

 

Peterson A. Philosophical theories about the organization of self-hood. (Invited oral presentation). University of California, San Francisco Psychiatry Residents Seminar. San Francisco, USA. August, 2011.

 

Peterson A. Virtue ethics, stoicism, and the warrior ethos. (Invited oral presentation). University of California, San Francisco Veterans Health Program. San Francisco, USA. March, 2011.

 

Peterson A. Could theory free scientific inquiry lead to the biomedical breakthrough of prion disease propagation? I think not. (Oral presentation). San Francisco State University Graduate Student Lecture Series. San Francisco, USA. May 2011.

 

Peterson A. From puerperal fever to kuru: deciphering the conditions for the possibility of scientific breakthrough. (Oral presentation). San Francisco State University Graduate Student Research Competition. San Francisco, USA. February, 2010.

 

Peterson A. Comments on ‘The World Thinking Itself: Heideggerian Themes From Categorical Intuition to The Origin of the Work of Art.’ (Oral presentation). American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division. Vancouver, Canada. April, 2009.

* denotes trainee

Outreach

Media Spotlights

AAAS Eureka Report. Mason Professor Explores Ethics of Severe Brain Injury. June, 2018.

CBC Radio. Ideas From the Trenches. The Open Mind. May, 2016.

 

The New Scientist. Portable mind reader gives voice to locked-in people. January, 2015.

 

San Francisco State University. Philosophy alumnus spotlight. May, 2014.

 

The University of Western Ontario. Philosophical implications of the new science of consciousness. May, 2013.

 

Foundation Western. Collaborative spirit benefits graduate student. April, 2013.

 

Rotman Institute of Philosophy. Philosophy and combat stress. February, 2012.

 

Public Talks

 

Peterson A. The search for consciousness after brain injury. Osher Life Long Learning Institute. Fairfax, VA, April, 2018. (Audience ≈ 50)

Peterson A. Aftermath: War, moral injury, and posttraumatic stress in U.S. and Canadian military personnel. Western University Senior Alumni Association Speaker Series. London, Ontario, March, 2015. (Audience ≈ 350)

 

Peterson A. Philosophy and the brain. International Philosophy Day Lecture Series. London, Ontario, November, 2012. (Audience ≈300)

 

Peterson A. The ethics of using neuroimaging in medical practice. London Library Lecture Series. London, Ontario, October, 2012. (Audience ≈30)

 

Editorials

Peterson A, Naci L. (2012) Ethical implications of detecting awareness in the vegetative state. Invited Editorial for Western News, University of Western Ontario.

 

Peterson A, Lanius R. (2012) The future of veterans’ health. Invited Editorial for Western News, University of Western Ontario.

 

Peterson A. (2012) Do we have moral obligations to military veterans? Invited Editorial for Western News, University of Western Ontario.

 

Special Outreach Projects

 

The Next Mission, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry

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Hands On Philosophy, Exploratorium Science Museum, San Francisco

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PTSD Research Unit, University of Western Ontario

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Medical Ethics Committee Internship, San Francisco General Hospital

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Teaching

The Science of Consciousness, Mason (Fall 2018)

Graduate seminar engaging contemporary issues in the science of consciousness. Questions explored: Is a science of consciousness possible? What empirically-informed theories of consciousness are currently on offer? How is the neurobiology of consciousness altered through brain injury, sleep, or pharmacology?

 

The Ethics of Neuroimaging After Serious Brain Injury, Mason (Spring 2017)

Graduate seminar engaging contemporary ethical questions in the assessment and management of brain-injured patients. Questions explored: Should we withdraw life-sustaining therapies from brain-injured patients to protect their welfare? What are the experiences of stakeholders who care for brain-injured patients?                     

 

Minds, Brains, and Machines, Mason (Spring 2018, Spring 2020)

Undergraduate lecture engaging contemporary issues in the philosophy of mind. Questions explored: What is the relationship between mental states and brain states? Is it possible to give a physicalist account of consciousness? Do computers think? Are insects conscious?

 

Bioethics, Mason (Fall 2016, Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Summer 2018, Fall 2019)

Undergraduate lecture engaging contemporary ethical issues in medicine. Questions explored: How should we make medical decisions for people who can’t make them for themselves? What is moral distress and how should clinical staff deal with it? Do fetuses have moral status—why or why not? 

*Consistently Recognized by Mason’s Associate Provost for UndergraduateEducation as an “Outstanding Synthesis Course”  

 

Critical Thinking, San Francisco State University (Spring 2011)

Undergraduate lecture engaging issues in logical reasoning. Questions explored: How do you construct an argument? What is the difference between soundness and validity? What are formal and informal fallacies, and how do you recognize them? 

 

Introduction to Philosophy, San Francisco State University (Fall 2010)

Undergraduate lecture engaging general topics in philosophy. Questions explored: Is there a difference between perception and reality? Does God exist? How do I live a good life?

Service

   

Steering Committee (2018-)

Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, George Mason University

Tasks include: Redesign of the institute’s website, drafting annual reports, and developing donor strategy for “naming gift” to the institute.

 

Steering Committee (2018-)

Initiative on Responsible Conduct of Research, George Mason University        

Tasks include: Reviewing research climate survey data and making recommendations on university-wide policies that support responsible conduct of research.  

 

Academic Program Review Committee (2017-2019)

Department of Philosophy, George Mason University

Tasks included: Reviewing academic program data for the department of philosophy and drafting report to submit to the Dean’s office.   

 

Steering Committee (2015-2016) 

Rotman Institute of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

Tasks included: Making recommendations to the institute’s Director on practices and policies.

 

Review and Reappointment Committee for Vice Provost, Academic (2012)

Provost’s Office, University of Western Ontario

Tasks include: Evaluating student and faculty surveys to determine reappointment of Vice Provost. 

        

Specialized university level course on reintegration issues for U.S. war veterans.

Curriculum developer and guest lecture

Dr. Kim Norman and Dr. Brac Selph

Spring, 2011 - Summer, 2011

Developing education materials for the Exploratorium Science Museum.

Student supervisor of project

Dr. Ásta Sveinsdóttir

Summer, 2008

Administering semi-structured interviews in clinical population (Canadian Defense).

Alterations in autobiographical memory following combat related traumatic events.

Dr. Ruth Lanius

Fall, 2011 - Fall, 2014

Attendance and case review in monthly ethics committee meetings.

Dr. Anita Silvers

Summer, 2010 - Summer, 2011