Professor Hanna Pickard BA, BPhil, DPhil (Oxon.)

Professor Hanna Pickard

Department of Philosophy
Professor in Philosophy of Psychology

Contact details

ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I specialize in the philosophy of mind and psychiatry and clinical ethics, exploring philosophical questions that arise out of clinical practice and related science, law and policy. My central current research project involves articulating the concepts of responsibility and blame that are used within clinical contexts and their relevance to philosophy and criminal justice. I also work on the nature of addiction. 

From 2017-2019 I am on leave from the University of Birmingham to be a Visiting Research Scholar at the Program in Cognitive Science at Princeton University

You can find more information about me from my personal webpage


  • DPhil, University of Oxford, 2001
  • BPhil, University of Oxford, 1997
  • BA, Queen's University, Canada, 1995


I specialize in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychiatry, moral psychology and clinical ethics. As well as being an analytic philosopher, I have worked for many years in a therapeutic community for people with personality disorder and complex needs. My research is inter-disciplinary: I tend to explore  philosophical questions that arise out of clinical practice and related science, often in connection with criminal and mental health law and policy. I work on a wide range of topics, including the nature of mental disorders, delusions, agency, character, emotions, self-harm, violence, placebos, therapeutic relationships, decision-making capacity, self-identity, and attitudes towards mental disorder and crime.

Postgraduate supervision

I am a Visiting Research Scholar at Princeton University until September 2019 and so am not currently supervising MA or PhD students at the University of Birmingham. If you are interested in working with me when I return, please get in touch with me nearer the time. I'm happy to offer supervision in the following areas: 

  • Philosophy of mind and psychiatry
  • Drugs and addiction
  • Clinical ethics
  • Moral psychology
  • Philosophy and mental health law

Find out more - our PhD Philosophy  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


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  •  Psychiatry and clinical ethics
  • Addiction
  • Personality disorders
  • Responsibility, blame, and mental health
  • Criminal justice and mental health