Hi! I'm Em. I'm currently a PhD candidate in philosophy at McGill University. From September 2022, I am excited to be joining the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics as a Hecht-Levi post-doctoral fellow for 2022-2024. I specialise in philosophy of psychiatry, philosophy of mind, philosophy of memory, feminist philosophy, & clinical bioethics.
My doctoral research project is called "The Relational & Personal Harms of Feeling "Stuck in Time."" I explore the ways in which mental illness impairs one's ability to mentally time travel, that is, one's ability to mentally project oneself backwards in time to re-live, or forwards in time to pre-live, events. Specifically, I argue that one's processing of the self can be interrupted if one feels socially or psychologically "stuck in time". "Stuck in time" is intended to capture that the individual feels somehow stuck in a state, set of circumstances, or set of memories.
In order to explore the psychological aspects of feeling stuck in time, I present my own experience of having PTSD and show the ways in which temporal disturbance impacted my sense of self. With regard to the social aspect of feeling stuck in time, my thesis shows how marginalised social groups can be made to feel stuck by negative stereotypes found in the collective memory. I conclude with a suggestion that we all have social duties to those who feel stuck in this way: duties of perceiving, imagining, and relating.
One focus point of my research is the ways in which oppressive social structures create mental distress. In order to address this, I am involved in several interdisciplinary teams aimed at tackling the social determinants of health: Mental Health and the City led by Professor Bornstein (urban planning), Homelessness and Mental Health led by Dr Latimer (psychiatry), and the Canadian Framework for Brain Health led by Dr Kirmayer (psychiatry).
I am grateful to hold a McCall McBain scholarship for 2022 at McGill, as well as scholarships from Centre de Recherche en Ethique and Group de Recherche Interuniversitaire. My CV is attached here.
You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org