Research News

July 2022 NEWS

Sarah Arnaud and Amy MacKinnon both gave talks at the 3rd Joint Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP) and the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (SPP) held July 19-22, 2022 at the University of Milan in Milan, Italy.

Amy MacKinnon and Sarah Arnaud at the 3rd Joint Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology and the Society for Psychology and Philosophy in Milan, Italy!

Sarah Arnaud gave a talk and also presented a poster at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) conference held July 15-18, 2022 at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California USA.

Sarah Arnaud presenting her poster at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) conference held at USC in Los Angeles, CA.
Sarah Arnaud giving her talk at the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) conference at USC in Los Angeles CA.

Jackie Sullivan gave a talk at the the Nencki School of Ideas in Neuroscience held July 3-8 in Warsaw, Poland and organized by the Nencki Open Lab. https://nenckiopenlab.org/school-of-ideas/

Participants of the Nencki School of Ideas in Neuroscience, Warsaw, Poland (July 2022).
Jackie Sullivan giving a talk at the Nencki School of Ideas in Neuroscience, Warsaw, Poland (July 2022).

May 2022 NEWS

Sarah Arnaud and Anne-Marie Gagne-Julien at the AAPP.

Sarah Arnaud and Anne-Marie Gagne-Julien presented their paper, “How Feminist Standpoint Theory Can Explain the New Activism in Psychiatry” at the Annual Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry Meeting held May 21-22, 2022 in New Orleans, LA, USA.

Jaipreet Mattu co-organized a very successful 2nd Annual Rotman Graduate Student Conference on Models and Idealizations (May 12-13, 2022) with awesome keynote speakers Angela Potochnik (Cincinnati) and Sarah Gallagher (Western) and a stellar and diverse set of talks by PhD students from all across the globe. Congratulations to Jaipreet and her co-organizers on a job well done! https://www.rotman.uwo.ca/event/rgsc2022/

Jackie Sullivan was named the 2022 Graham and Gail Wright Distinguished Scholar in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Western. https://www.uwo.ca/arts//index.html

Jaipreet Mattu presented “What can mice tell us about the psychedelic experience?” at the First Annual Philosophy Department 3-Minute Thesis event held on May 5, 2022.

APRIL 2022 NEWS

Congratulations to all 4 PhD students of the PNPP Research Group for receiving Rotman Graduate Student Funding Awards for Summer 2022 for the following projects:

Owen Chevalier received funding for his research project titled “How is online discourse reshaping the concept of ADHD?”

Kardelen Kucuk received funding for her research project titled “A New Framework for Emotion Research: Lessons from the Mechanism Debate”

Amy MacKinnon received funding for her research project titled “How to Make Patients’ Perspectives Relevant for Informing Causal Models of Mental Illness”

Jaipreet Mattu received funding for her research project titled “Integrating psychological descriptions versus neuroscientific explanations of psychedelic drug action: a challenge for rodent translational research on depression”


Jaipreet Mattu at the Pacific APA.

Jaipreet Mattu presented her paper, “Construct validity and the head-twitch response (HTR) as a measure of hallucinogenic activity in mouse models of serotonergic psychedelics” as part of the “Philosophy and Neuroscience Graduate Student Showcase” organized by John Bickle (Mississippi State) and the Deep South Philosophy and Neuroscience Workgroup, at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, April 2022, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Here is a link to photos from the event, which included commentaries by Megan Delehanty (Calgary) and Lauren Ross (UC Irvine). http://deepsouthphilneuro.com/lets-hear-it-for-the-graduate-students/

Rotman Postdoctoral Associate, Sarah Arnaud, presented her paper, “First-person perspective, activism, and scientific inquiry of autism: towards an integrative approach” as part of a contributed session on Psychopathology at the 113th Annual Meeting of the Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, March/April 2022 held in Mobile, Alabama, USA.