I am a philosopher at the University of Manchester. My research mainly focuses on the philosophical issues in medicine and psychiatry. I also have broader interests in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and moral philosophy. Before my career in philosophy, I was a psychiatrist in the National Health Service.
I am the principal investigator for a project entitled "Suicide, Disorder, and Causal Judgements: A Philosophical Investigation", which is funded by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. The project addresses philosophical issues regarding the relation between mental disorder and suicide. Beyond this project, I have published on a range of other philosophical topics, including the semantics of diagnostic terms, causal explanation in psychiatry, dualism regarding consciousness, and the ethics of reproductive donation.
I have a PhD in philosophy from Lancaster University. I also have an MPhil with distinction in philosophy and ethics of mental health from the University of Pretoria. Before this, I graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MB BChir in medicine and a BA (Hons) in history and philosophy of science. I hold an MRCPsych from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Outside academia, I enjoy cooking, playing the piano, and obsessing about music. I have an AMusTCL in music theory and a DipABRSM in piano performance. I currently live in Lancaster with my wife Shuna, our three children, and our snake Sweetcorn.