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Thinking Differently


Mental Health Care.

Nancy Potter, PhD

ScattergoodEthics Visiting Scholar, February 2013

Nancy Nyquist Potter received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and is currently a professor of philosophy at the University of Louisville. Her interests range from ethics (especially virtue ethics), medical and psychiatric ethics, philosophies of peace, to mental illnesses nosologically, diagnostically, and therapeutically. Professor Potter teaches courses on philosophy and mental illness, race, gender, and mental illness, medicine and minorities, and other interdisciplinary courses. She is a core faculty member of the Bioethics and Humanities Master's Degree program, teaching Race, Gender, Culture and Health Care, and Ethical Theory. Her publications include How Can I be Trusted? A Virtue Theory of Trustworthiness (Rowman Littlefield 2002); the edited volume Trauma, Truth, and Reconciliation: Healing Damaged Relationships (Oxford University Press 2006); and the forthcoming Mapping the Edges and the In-between: A Critical Analysis of Borderline Personality Disorder (Oxford University Press 2009). She has also published in Current Opinion in Psychiatry, Journal of Personalities Disorders, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, and Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. Professor Potter is president of the international organization Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry, is on community hospital ethics committees, and has been part of the health care team at Emergency Psychiatric Services.




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