Nancy Nyquist Potter


Individual Partner: Nancy Nyquist Potter; Professor, University of Louisville; Associate with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Core faculty, Interdisciplinary Masters Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

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Brief Description of WorkMy interests are in integrative on-the-ground collaborative ethics between psychiatrist and philosopher. Current research focuses on relationships between voice, silence, and uptake between clinician and service user: for example, what makes possible genuine listening and reciprocity in clinical encounters? Additionally, I distinguish between anger or defiance as sometimes prima facie reasonable, such that clinicians are able, when called for, to avoid always seeing such behaviors as part of a broader individual dysfunction. I aim to offer theoretically grounded but pragmatic and practical answers to such questions for both medical students and for ongoing education in psychiatry and in general medicine.
Key Words: Resident in: U.S.; Working in: U.S.; Area(s) of Interest in VBP: Meeting/ASS (Advanced Studies Seminar), Meeting/clinical education, Publications/CUP series, Research/philosophy, Research/communicative ethics, Research/voice and uptake, Research/intersections of service users, diversity, and inclusivity, Research/ intersections between race, gender, class, and culture in clinical care, Services/person-centered, Services/teamwork, Services/clinical education; Related Area(s) of Interest: Communication skills, Ethics, Medical humanities [literature, music, film], Social determinants of mental health, Area(s) of healthcare expertise: Mental health/General, Mental health/personality disorders; Psychiatric ethics; Bioethics

Read more:

The Virtue of Defiance and Psychiatric Engagement

Mapping the Edges and the In-Between: A Critical Analysis of Borderline Personality Disorder

Commodity/Body/Sign: Borderline Personality Disorder and the Signification of Self-Injurious Behavior

Moral tourists and world travelers: Some epistemological issues in understanding patients’ worlds

What is manipulative behavior, anyway?

Loopholes, gaps, and what is held fast: Democratic epistemology and claims to recovered memories

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