Kathryn Tabb joined the Department in 2015 after receiving an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, both in History and Philosophy of Science. She has interests in philosophy of science and medicine and in history of philosophy, especially early modern philosophy. Her historical research treats philosophical debates over psychopathology and irrationality, especially among 17th- and 18th-century British empiricists. In philosophy of medicine her work focuses on classification and explanation in psychiatry, and she is completing an MA in Bioethics and Health Law at the University of Pittsburgh on behavioral genetics and psychiatric ethics.
Dr. Tabb is on the steering committees for Columbia's Center for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics, and the Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture workgroup. Along with Dr. Paul Appelbaum, she is principal investigator for the grant project “Assessing Intuitions about the Genetics of Virtuous Behavior,” part of the Genetics and Human Agency research initiative led by Eric Turkheimer (University of Virginia).
History of Modern Philosophy; Philosophy of Science and Medicine; Bioethics