Having recovered from service as President of the Faculty and the ASCSU's Parliamentarian, I'm happily back teaching classes in ethics and mentoring students on a wide range of interdisciplinary projects.

I also maintain a significant research agenda. As a philosopher, I work mostly on philosophical and ethical issues related to pain and pain medicine. With my interdisciplinary research group at the USC Pain Center, I have active projects exploring, inter alia, factors affecting trust between chronic pain patients and clinicians, the clinical utility of genetic markers for pain sensitivity and liability to addiction, patterns in pain patient Twitter use, and the use of artificial intelligence tools in screening chronic pain patients for psychosocial comorbidities.

I'm also starting to work on ethical issues concerning personal data privacy, machine learning/ data analytics, and information security.

Whenever there is any time left over, I write software to help myself teach better.

  • Ph.D. Philosophy 2006, Rutgers University
  • B.A. Philosophy 1999, University of California, Los Angeles

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