Welcome -- I am Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Most of my work falls within the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of psychology and cognitive science. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (PNP) program. I completed my graduate work in philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2009 and received a BA in philosophy from Columbia University in 1997.
My research focuses on questions such as: What is imagination and how does it relate to other forms of thought? What role does mental imagery play in human reasoning? How, and how well, do we know our own minds? How are we to explain the occurrence of auditory verbal hallucinations and "inserted thoughts" in schizophrenia? And what are the relations among inner speech, metacognition, and thought itself?
Some of my research on inner speech is empirical in nature. I've recently worked with an interdisciplinary team to investigate the effect that impaired or suppressed inner speech has on general reasoning abilities in people with aphasia. My other current projects include a monograph on the psychology of imagination (titled Explaining Imagination, under contract with Oxford University Press) and a book length overview of the philosophy and psychology of inner speech, to be published as part of Routledge's New Problems of Philosophy series.