Is Psychiatry Just Clinical Neuroscience? Noberini Colloquium, Wed., 10/23, 4:30pm, Kelly 5A

This semester's Noberini Colloquium is on Wednesday, October 16th at 4:30pm in Kelly 5A and will be given by Dr. Kathryn Tabb from Bard College, whose talk is titled "Is Psychiatry just Clinical Neuroscience? Reimagining Mental Health Research for the 21st Century."  

The colloquium is co-sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology.

Below is a summary of Dr. Tabb's talk and a brief bio:

Since the turn of the century, biomedical psychiatry has embraced the so-called “precision medicine model,” a new paradigm for medical research that uses innovative techniques of data collection and analysis to revolutionize traditional theories of disease. Meanwhile, basic methodological, financial, and rhetorical shifts by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reveal the government's growing interest in funding basic science over clinical research. In this talk, Dr. Tabb explores the relationship between these two trends in 21st-century psychiatry, and argue that there is a close and ultimately problematic connection between the NIMH’s embrace of precision and their enthusiasm for what has been called “clinical neuroscience” over psychiatry’s traditional categories of psychopathology.  Given the ethical complexity of distributing research dollars between projects tackling the urgent issues of today and those that could revolutionize healthcare tomorrow, even if today’s psychiatry can be precise, Dr. Tabb concludes, it is not clear it should.

Kathryn Tabb is an assistant professor of philosophy at Bard College. She received an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, both in History and Philosophy of Science, and has an MA in Bioethics and Health Law, also from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Bard she taught at Columbia University from 2015-2019. She has interests in philosophy of science and medicine and in history of philosophy, especially early modern philosophy. Her historical research treats philosophical debates over psychopathology and irrationality, especially among 17th- and 18th-century British empiricists. In philosophy of medicine her work focuses on classification, explanation, and reduction in psychiatry. 

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