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Şerife Tekin

Portrait of Şerife TekinDr. Tekin is an Associate Professor at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Tekin holds a BSc in Economics and a BA in Philosophy from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and has held postdoctoral fellowships and faculty appointments at various universities in Canada and the US. In 2022, she was awarded a faculty fellowship at the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where she remains an associate fellow. She is on the executive board of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry and a faculty partner at the Collaborating Centre for Values-Based Practice in Health and Social Care at the University of Oxford, as well as an honorary research fellow at the Center for Olfactory Research and Applications at the Institute of Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study, at the University of London, UK.  

Dr. Tekin teaches Clinical Bioethics and is the course director for Health Systems Science 1. She also leads psychiatric ethics seminars for psychiatry residents and interns at Upstate. Her work in philosophy of psychiatry takes place at the cusp of philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and bioethics, and she has written on various epistemic and ethical issues surrounding mental disorders, personal identity and the self in psychiatric contexts, the medical applications of Artificial Intelligence, and the value of first-person memoirs in medical epistemology.

Dr. Tekin may be reached by email at [email protected]. More about her can be found on her website, www.serifetekin.org.

Selected Publications  


Trachsel, M., Tekin, Ş., Biller- Andorno, N., Gaab, J., Sadler, J. 2021. Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK.

Tekin, Ş., and Bluhm, R. 2019. Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry. Bloomsbury Academic Press. New York, NY. (paperback copy published in 2022) 

Poland, J., and Tekin, Ş.  2017. Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research. MIT Press. Cambridge, MA.



Tekin, Ş. 2024.  Unintended Harms of Novel Predictive Technologies in Mental Disorder Treatment. The American Journal of Bioethics, Neuroscience, 15 (1):46-48.

Dings, R.; Tekin, Ş. 2023. A Philosophical Exploration of Experience-Based Expertise in Mental Health Care. Philosophical Psychology. 36 (7): 1415-1434.

Tekin, Ş. 2022. Participatory Interactive Objectivity in Psychiatry. Philosophy of Science, 89 (5):1166-1175

Lyle, A., Swan, A., Tekin, Ş., Hale, W., Pugh, M.J. 2022. Understanding Substance Use Disorder Among Veterans with and without Traumatic Brain Injury: Merits of the Multitudinous Self Model. Journal of Neurotrauma. Volume 39, 11-12.

Tekin, Ş.  2022. My Illness, My Self, and I: When Self-Narratives and Illness Narratives Clash. Philosophical Explorations, 25:3, 314-318.

Steel, D. and Tekin, Ş.  2021. Can Treatment for Substance Use Disorder Prescribe the Same Substance as that is Used? The Case of Injectable Opioid Agonist Treatment. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, Volume 31, No: 3, 271-301.

Tekin, Ş.  2021. Self and Mental Disorder: Lessons for Psychiatry from Naturalistic Philosophy. Philosophy Compass 16(4), 1-13.

Tekin, Ş.  2021. Is Big Data the New Stethoscope? Perils of Digital Phenotyping to Address Mental Illness. Philos. Technol. 34, 447-461.

Tekin, Ş.  2019. Resourcefulness of an Empirically Informed and Thickly Normative Account of Disease. Journal of Medical Ethics; 45, 589-590.

Tekin, Ş., Machery, E. 2019. Beyond Mind-Body Dualism: Embracing Pluralism in Psychiatric Research – Introduction to the Special Issue, ‘Psychiatry and its Philosophy.’ Synthese; Volume 196, Issue 6, 2111-2115.

Tekin, Ş., 2019. The Missing Self in Scientific Psychiatry, Synthese; Volume 196, Issue 6, 2197-2215.\



Tekin, Ş. 2023. Philosophy of Psychiatry Meets Experimental Philosophy: Expertise Naturalized. Advances in Experimental Philosophy of Medicine(Andreas De Block and Kristien Hens eds.), Bloomsbury Press, 305-321.

Tekin, Ş. 2023. Ethical Issues Surrounding Artificial Intelligence Technologies in Mental Health: Pychotherapy Chatbots. Technology Ethics: A Philosophical Introduction and Readings (Gregory Robson and Jonathan Tsou eds.), Routledge Press, 152-159.

Tekin, Ş., Swan, A., Hale, W., Pugh, M.J. 2022. Understanding Substance Use Disorders Among Veterans: Virtues of the Multitudinous Self Model. In Evaluating the Brain Disease Model of Addiction (Heather, N. eds.), Routledge Press, 475-483.

Tekin, Ş. 2020. Patients as Experienced-Based Experts in Psychiatry: Insights from the Natural Method. In The Natural Method: Ethics, Mind & Self, Themes from the Work of Owen Flanagan (Polger, T., Nahmias, E., Zhao, W. eds.) MIT Press. Cambridge: MA, 79-90.