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I lectured at Heythrop College, University of London, 2001-2018, and joined UCL’s Psychoanalysis Unit in 2012, where I am an Honorary Reader.

I am interested in the implications of emotion theory, psychodynamic psychology and recent empirical moral psychological theories for questions in metaethics, including moral epistemology, response-dependent theories of value, and the nature of character. My work in this area began with my PhD in 2000, leading to articles on the implications of psychoanalytic theory for the role of emotions in moral deliberation, self-knowledge, and psychotherapy. Since then, I have incorporated empirical psychology as well, in writings on moral epistemology and the nature of the self.

My interest in psychodynamic models of mind led me to embark on a parallel project investigating theoretical, methodological and empirical issues in psychoanalysis, with a view to defending its possible scientific standing and establish its reliability as a basis for work in moral psychology. The project gave rise to six papers between 2012 and 2018.

I am co-editor the Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, to be published in autumn 2018.