Andrew Peterson

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Doctoral Student

Department of Philosophy

Research Area:
Philosophy of Medical Science
Bioethics
Neuroimaging
Philosophy of Psychiatry

http://publish.uwo.ca/~apeter62/Andrew_Peterson/Home.html

Andrew’s research sits at the intersection of medical ethics, cognitive neuroscience, psychiatry and philosophy of mind.  He received his MA in philosophy from San Francisco State University, under the direction of Isabelle Peschard, Anita Silvers and Bas van Fraassen. His MA thesis, entitled Experiment as a Machine for Making The Future, was co-supervised by Isabelle Peschard and Bas van Fraassen. This project examined the nature and possibility of scientific breakthroughs in the context of theory laden experimental practice. While completing his thesis, Andrew was also involved in a collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco Department of Psychiatry. Here Andrew worked with a team of psychiatrists and neuroscientists to develop reintegration strategies for U.S. military veterans diagnosed with Operational Stress Injury.

Andrew is presently completing his doctoral studies at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, under the supervision of Charles Weijer and Adrian M. Owen. His current research project investigates the extent to which residual cognition can be evaluated with the aid of neuroimaging in seriously brain injured patients. He is also working with Western’s PTSD Research Unit to investigate the neurophysiological changes resulting from combat exposure in  military personnel. This work is supervised by Ruth A. Lanius.

I am interested in conceptual problems related to the clinical application of neuroimaging in patients with serious brain injuries–namely patients with disorders of consciousness. I am also interested in conceptual problems related to neuropsychiatry. 

More information about my research, collaborators and publications can be found here.

Scholarly Articles:

Peterson A, Norton L, Naci L, Owen AM, Weijer C. Toward a science of brain death. AJOB. 4(18): xx-xx

Weijer C, Peterson A, Webster F, Graham M, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Gofton T, Gonzalez-Lara LE, Lazosky A, Naci L, Owen AM (2014) Ethics of neuroimaging after serious brain injury. BMC Medical Ethics; 15(41).

Peterson A, Thome J, Frewen P, Lanius R. A. (2014) Resting state neuroimaging studies: a new way of identifying the similarities and differences among the anxiety disorders? Canadian Journal of Psychiatry; 59(6): 295-300.

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Graham M, Owen AM (2013) Assessing decision making capacity in the behaviorally non-responsive patient with residual covert awareness. AJOB-Neuroscience; 4(4): 3-14 

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Owen AM (2013) A principled argument, but not a practical one. AJOB Neuroscience; 4(1): 52-53.

Peterson A (2011) The relevance of scientific practice to the problem of coordination. Spontaneous Generations; 5(1): 44-57.

Graham M, Weijer C, Peterson A, Naci L, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Owen AM. The right to know: informing families of individual research results for patients in vegetative states. Under revision.

General Media Articles:

Peterson A, Naci L (2012) Confronting ethical implications of detecting awareness in the vegetative state. Western News.

Peterson A, Lanius R (2012) The future of veterans. Western News.

Peterson A (2012) What do we owe military veterans? Western News

Scholarly Talks:

Weijer C,  Peterson A, Naci L, Graham M, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Lazosky A, Owen AM. Why discussion of end-of-life decisions through brain computer interfaces starts the ethical debate off on the wrong foot. Brain Matters 4. Vancouver, BC, March, 2014.

Graham M , Weijer C,  Peterson A, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Cruse D, Lazosky A, Gonzalez-Lara L, Owen AM. Communication with patients diagnosed with disorders of consciousness, and the moral significance of sentience. Brain Matters 4. Vancouver, BC, March, 2014. 

Peterson A, Cruse D, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Graham M, Lazosky A, Weijer C, Owen AM. Ethical challenges in deriving the clinical utility of EEG for diagnosis of the vegetative state. Poster presented at International Neuroethics Society Annual Conference. San Diego, CA, November 2013. 

Graham M , Weijer C,  Peterson A, Naci L, Fernández-Espejo D, Cruse D, Lazosky A, Gonzalez-Lara L, Owen AM. Communication with patients diagnosed with disorders of consciousness, and the moral significance of sentience. Poster presented at International Neuroethics Society Annual Conference. San Diego, CA, November 2013.

 Weijer C,  Peterson A, Naci L, Graham M, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Lazosky A, Owen AM. Why discussion of end-of-life decisions through brain computer interfaces starts the ethical debate off on the wrong foot. Oral and poster presentation at International Neuroethics Society Annual Conference. San Diego, CA, November 2013. 

Peterson A, Naci L, Bor D, Young B, Weijer C, Owen AM. Symposium on, “Ethical implications of detecting covert awareness in the vegetative state.” Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness 17th Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA, July 2013.

Peterson A. “The brain at war: ethical and epistemic implications of beta-blocker therapy for combat induced psychiatric injury.” Poster presented at Society for Philosophy and Psychology. Providence, RI, June 2013.

Peterson A, Weijer C, Naci L, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Shriver A, Graham M, Owen AM. “Are you in pain? Attending to the sentience of the disorder of consciousness patient.” Poster presented at The Canadian Association of Neuroscience Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON, May 2013.

Peterson A. “Moral dimensions of operational stress injury.” Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research Workshop. London, ON, Nov. 2012.

Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Graham M, Owen AM. “Ethical implications of detecting awareness in VS: Question asking through a binary interface.” Brain Matters 3, Cleveland, OH, Oct. 2012.

Graham M, Peterson A, Naci L, Weijer C, Cruse D, Fernández-Espejo D, Owen AM. “Ethical implications of disclosing research results to patients’ families in disorder of consciousness research.” Brain Matters 3. Cleveland, OH, Oct. 2012.

Peterson A. “Ethical implications of detecting covert awareness in disorders of consciousness.” The Hastings Center. Garrison, NY, June 2012.

Peterson A. “Psychophysiology and the warrior ethos.” Western University Research Day.London, ON, March 2012.

Peterson A. Comments on, “Compounded vulnerabilities in social institutions: vulnerabilities as kinds.” Diotima Conference. London, ON. Sept. 2011.

Peterson A. “Philosophical theories about the organization of self-hood.” UCSF Psychiatry Seminar. San Francisco, CA, Aug. 2011.

Peterson A. “Virtue ethics, stoicism, and the warrior ethos.” UCSF Veterans Health Program. San Francisco, CA, Mar. 2011.

Peterson A. “Could theory free scientific inquiry lead to the biomedical breakthrough of prion disease propagation? I think not.” SFSU Graduate Student Lecture Series. San Francisco, CA, May 2011.

Peterson A. “From puerperal fever to kuru: deciphering the conditions for the possibility of scientific breakthrough.” SFSU Graduate Student Research Competition. San Francisco, CA, Feb. 2010.

Peterson A. Comments on, “The world thinking itself: Heideggerian themes from categorical intuition to theOrigin of the Work of Art.”APA Western Division Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, Apr. 2009.

Public Talks:

Peterson A. “Philosophy and the brain.” International Philosophy Day Presentation. London, ON, Nov. 2012.

Peterson A. “The ethics of bringing neuroscience into the medical clinic.” London Library Lecture Series. London, ON, Oct. 2012.

Peterson A. “The fine line between mental resilience and pathology: military stoicism or dissociation?” Lecture to Western’s PTSD Research Unit. London, ON, Jan. 2012.

Ethics of Neuroimaging After Serious Brain Injury 

Chaired by Profs. Adrian M. Owen and Charles Weijer, Winter 2011 to Present

Role: PhD researcher for joint research project with the Rotman Institute and the Owen Lab at Western’s Brain and Mind Institute.

 

PTSD Research Unit, Western University

Chaired by Dr. Ruth Lanius, Fall 2011 to Present

Current study: Correlations between hippocampal activity and autobiographical recall of traumatic or negative memories in Canadian Defense Forces

 

The Next Mission, University of California, San Francisco

Chaired by Dr. Kim Norman, Spring 2011 to Summer 2011

Role: Curriculum developer and guest instructor for university level class exploring reintegration challenges for military veterans.

 

Medical Ethics Committee, San Francisco General Hospital

Supervised by Prof. Anita Silvers, Summer 2010 to Summer 2011

Role: Attendance and case review in scheduled ethics committee meetings at San Francisco General Hospital.

 

Hands On Philosophy Education Program, Exploratorium, San Francisco

Supervised by Prof. Ásta Sveinsdóttir, Summer 2008

Role: Development of philosophical literature on thought experiments for the Exploratorium Museum of San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Philosophy, Phil 1020 – Head Teaching Assistant, Dr. John Thorp

Fall 2012, The University of Western Ontario
Spring 2013, The University of Western Ontario

Introduction to Philosophy, Phil 1020 – Tutorial leader, Dr. John Thorp 

Fall 2011, The University of Western Ontario
Spring 2012, The University of Western Ontario

Critical Thinking, Phil. 110 – Instructor 

Spring 2011, San Francisco State University 

Introduction to Philosophy, Philosophy 101 – Instructor 

Fall 2010 San Francisco State University 

Ethics in Medicine, Phil. 383 – Teaching Assistant, Dr. Anita Silvers 

Spring 2011, San Francisco State University
Fall 2010, San Francisco State University
Spring 2010, San Francisco State University

Critical Thinking, Phil 110 – Teaching Assistant, Dr. Joel Rudinow

Spring 2004 – Santa Rosa Junior College

Introduction to Philosophy, Phil 101 – Teaching Assistant, Dr. Gillian Parker

Fall 2003, Sonoma State University
Spring 2003, Sonoma State University