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Dr Jillian Craigie's work sits at the interface of philosophy, psychology and law, bringing together interests in moral psychology, human decision-making and policy questions concerning personal rights and responsibilities. The themes of this work include the role of emotion and reason in moral deliberation; the relationship between accounts of rationality and mental incapacity tests and the relevance of mental capacities for recognition as a legal agent. Her more applied work has examined law concerning undue influence, and the impact of alcohol dependence on the capacity to consent to treatment. These interests evolved from a background in neuroscience (BSc, Australian National University and University of Melbourne) and philosophy (PhD, Monash University).

Dr Craigie is currently a Principal Investigator on the Wellcome ‘Mental Health and Justice’ Collaborative Award, which is a multi-disciplinary initiative addressing tensions related to the legal constructs of ‘mental capacity’ and ‘supported decision-making’. Within the collaboration, she leads a group investigating conceptual and empirical questions raised by the implementation of supported decision-making for people with mental disabilities. Dr Craigie previously held funding from both the Wellcome and Nuffield Foundation as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy, University College London.

Research interests

Moral psychology, ethics, mental disability policy and law


  • Moral Theory and Medical Ethics
  • Topics in Medical Ethics I & II
  • Mental Health Ethics
  • Analytic Skills for Medical Ethics