Three Tribulations of Treatment: Data, Selves, and Moral Questions

Dr. Sara Waller,
Dr. Carmela Epright
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10 minutes: The audience receives forms and instructions for a brief mock psychological diagnostic battery. The audience completes the diagnostic questions and a mock diagnosis is computed.

5-10 minutes --Dr. Carmela Epright informally surveys of the variety of diagnoses received by the audience members, and informs the participants of the medical, emotional, and interpersonal treatment that can be expected with these diagnoses.

10 minutes -- Dr. Sara Waller will discuss the nature of the research behind the recommended diagnoses, highlighting the reasons for certain diagnostic criteria, current scientific constraints, favored methods of theory-making, etc., with some audience interaction.

10 minutes -- Dr. Carmela Epright will discuss in more detail the consequences of diagnosis for the individual, including changes in self-definition & self awareness, personal rights, treatment plans, etc. with questions from the audience.

3-5 minutes - Dr. Sara Waller suggests alternative methods for doing research that serves as a basis for diagnoses

3-5 minutes - Dr. Carmela Epright suggests alternative meanings of diagnoses, alternative diagnoses, and their potential impact on the individuals so diagnosed.

10 minutes - Questions from the audience.

Keywords: Philosophy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Diagnostics, Ethics, Epistemology, Nosology
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and the Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Sara Waller

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Department of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH, USA

Sara Waller has a B.A. in psychology, and received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 1999. While investigating the power and limits of psychometrics and neurological research methods, she worked with autistic children and children with focal lesions at the UCSD Pediatric Neurology Laboratory, and later with aphasic stroke patients in the Chatterjee Neurology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital System. Her research on the science of consciousness and cognition has also found her recording dolphin vocalizations in California and Florida, and coyote vocalizations in California and Ohio. She was an Associate Professor of Philosophy at California State University Dominguez Hills before coming to Case in 2005. The webpage for her research in the philosophical implications of dolphin vocalization can be found here: Her areas of research are philosophy of neurology, philosophy of cognitive ethology, and philosophy of mind.

Dr. Carmela Epright

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Furman University
Greenville, SC, USA

Dr. Epright received her Ph.D. in philosophy with a specialization in ethics from Loyola University in 1999, and completed a postdoctoral research project in the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School in 2005. She is an Associate Professor at Furman University, where she received the Meritorious Teaching Award in 2004. She is an ethics & policy consultant at many institutions, including Greenville Memorial Hospital, Greenville Hospital Association's Children's Hospital, and Springbrook Behavioral Healthcare. She is a member of the South Carolina Medical Association's Bioethics Committee, and is the Ethics Program Director for Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. Her research and publications are multitopical, ranging from adiscussion of ethical questions surrounding psychotropics to several works on the impact of the Schiavo case on medical ethics.

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