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Kelso Cratsley Director of Graduate Studies (Philosophy & Religion) and Professorial Lecturer Philosophy & Religion

Degrees
PhD, King's College London
MSc, King's College London
MS, Columbia University

Bio
Kelso Cratsley is Director of Graduate Studies and Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy & Religion at American University. His research focuses on issues in bioethics, mental health ethics, and philosophy of psychology and psychiatry. He has previously taught at George Washington University, Concordia University in Montreal, and the University of Massachusetts Boston, and has held visiting positions at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, the University of California San Diego, and the Brocher Foundation in Geneva. Dr. Cratsley has served as a member of the Institutional Review Board at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, and as a research fellow at St. George’s Hospital, University of London. He has also worked as a consultant and clinician in global health and mental health for a number of agencies and organizations, including USAID (Nigeria) and the NHS (UK).
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Teaching

Spring 2020

  • PHIL-200 Introduction to Formal Logic

  • PHIL-200 Introduction to Formal Logic

  • PHIL-431 Topics Modern Moral Problems: Adv Problems in Bioethics

Summer 2020

  • PHIL-120 Do the Right Thing

  • PHIL-241 Bioethics

Fall 2020

  • PHIL-200 Introduction to Formal Logic

  • PHIL-241 Bioethics

  • PHIL-241 Bioethics

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Bioethics, Mental Health, Global Health

Selected Publications

Books

Cratsley, K. & Radden, J. (Eds.) (2019). Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention. Elsevier.

Articles & Chapters

Liebow, N. & Cratsley, K. (forthcoming). Bioethics education and nonideal theory. In E. Victor & L. Guidry-Grimes (Eds.) Applying Nonideal Theory to Bioethics: Living and Dying in a Nonideal World. Springer.

Cratsley, K., Wickremsinhe, M.N. & Mackey, T.K. (forthcoming). Human rights and global mental health: Reducing the use of coercive measures. In A. Dyer, B. Kohrt & P. Candilis (Eds.) Global Mental Health: Ethical Principles and Best Practices. Springer.

Koch, U. & Cratsley, K. (forthcoming). The history and ethics of the therapeutic relationship. In M. Trachsel et al (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Psychotherapy Ethics. Oxford University Press.

Cratsley, K. (2020). Structural model. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T.K. Shackelford (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer.

Koch, U. & Cratsley, K. (2020). Psychological mechanisms. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T.K. Shackelford (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer.

Cratsley, K. (2019). The ethical and empirical status of dimensional diagnosis: Implications for public mental health? Neuroethics 12(2): 183-199.

Cratsley, K. (2019). The ethics of coercion and other forms of influence. In R. Bluhm & S. Tekin (Eds.) The Bloomsbury Companion to Philosophy of Psychiatry. Bloomsbury.

Cratsley, K. & Radden, J. (2019). Public mental health ethics: An overview. In K. Cratsley & J. Radden (Eds.) Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention. Elsevier.

Radden, J. & Cratsley, K. (2019). Introduction. In K. Cratsley & J. Radden (Eds.) Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention. Elsevier.

Cratsley, K. & Mackey, T.K. (2018). Health policy brief: Global mental health and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. Families, Systems & Health 36 (2): 225-229.

Cratsley, K. (2017). The shift to mechanistic explanation and classification. In S. Tekin & J. Poland (Eds.) Extraordinary Science and Psychiatry: Responses to the Crisis in Mental Health Research. MIT Press.

Cratsley, K. (2016). Revisiting Freud and Kohut on narcissism. Theory & Psychology 26 (3): 333-359.

Cratsley, K. (2015). Nudges and coercion: Conceptual, empirical, and normative considerations. Monash Bioethics Review 33: 210-218.

Cratsley, K. (2014). Review of 'Applied ethics in mental health care: An interdisciplinary reader'. Metapsychology 18 (36).

Cratsley, K. & Samuels, R. (2013). Cognitive science and explanations of psychopathology. In Fulford et al (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry. Oxford University Press.