Nick Zautra

  • Visiting Lecturer

Nicholas Zautra is a doctoral candidate pursuing a Joint Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science and Cognitive Science at Indiana University Bloomington. He completed his M.A. (Applied Ethics and the Professions: Biomedical and Health Ethics) and B.A. (Hons.) (Psychology) from Arizona State University.

He is a socially engaged philosopher of science, cognitive scientist, and applied ethicist who maintains a broad yet well-focused research program. As a philosopher of science and cognitive scientist, he studies conceptual and methodological issues in the study and treatment of mental disorders, with a focus on psychological trauma. In applied ethics and bioethics, he investigates “benchside” research ethics consultation services to determine core competencies for benchside research ethicists that may best help them to advance science responsibly. His social engagement work aims to connect philosophers of science with other areas of philosophy, science, and the public in order to gain a better understanding of philosophy of science methods, as well as the conceptual, epistemic, and ethical challenges facing the discipline.

In addition to his research and teaching, he is the host and producer of SCI PHI, a philosophy of science podcast featuring interviews with prominent and up-and-coming philosophers of science who engage with scientists in interesting ways.