I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, a Core Member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, an Associate Member of the Brain and Mind Institute and a BrainsCAN engaged researcher at the University of Western Ontario. I am also a member of the Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (PIs – Tim Bussey and Lisa Saksida) at Western. I have a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science (2007) and a MS in Neuroscience (2003) from the University of Pittsburgh. Beginning in January 2022, I will begin a 4 year appointment as a member of the Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association (https://www.philsci.org). I am also a member of the editorial board for OUP’s Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Science book series (Series Editor – Kyle Stanford).
My research is situated at the intersection of philosophy of neuroscience, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science and has its origin in a single basic question: What light does contemporary neuroscience shed on the relationship between mind and brain? While I take this to be an empirical question, philosophers have an important role to play in answering it, namely by shedding light on how neuroscience works. To this end, the project at the heart of my research program is to develop and refine a conceptual framework for evaluating experiments and understanding the nature of different kinds of practices (e.g., collaborative, conceptual, integrative, methodological, open-science) in the neurosciences of cognition (e.g., Sullivan 2008/2009, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018; Mattu & Sullivan 2020; Sullivan 2020; Sullivan, Dumont, Memar, et al. 2020) and determining the implications of these practices for knowledge production in these areas of science.