Dr. Andrea Palk

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Andrea completed her studies in philosophy and bioethics at Stellenbosch University (South Africa) while working as a part-time lecturer in applied ethics and philosophy for the department from 2011 to 2018.  During her studies, she received various awards and bursaries, including two Rector’s Awards for having obtained one of the five highest overall aggregates in the Arts Faculty and the Rector’s Medal for the top MA thesis in the faculty in 2014.  Andrea’s doctoral studies were supported by a three-year Innovation Bursary from the National Research Foundation of South Africa.  This also enabled her to present her work at the XXXVth International Congress on Law and Mental Health in Prague in July 2017.  She was also awarded a six-month bridging postdoctoral bursary from Stellenbosch University in 2018 to enable her to publish two articles based on her doctoral research.  Andrea’s research for both her MA and PhD focused on the ethical implications of bioenhancement.  More specifically, her MA focused on the status of human dignity arguments pertaining to the radical bioenhancement of human beings in the areas of cognition, emotion, and healthspan.  For her PhD, Andrea focused on the ethical implications of moral bioenhancement in terms of its potential impact upon moral autonomy and morality in general.  In July 2018, Andrea was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship in the philosophy of psychiatry under the mentorship of Prof Dan J. Stein (chair of the Dept of Psychiatry and Mental Health) at UCT.