I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Neuroscience, Ethics & Society team (NEUROSEC) and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and the Humanities (WEH), working most recently on the MRC Pathfinder project which aims to harness health informatics and data science to improve mental health outcomes.
Previously I held teaching and research positions at the University of Bristol Centre for Ethics in Medicine, as well as research positions at University College London Medical School Research Department for Medical Education, and the University of East London Institute for Health and Human Development. I am a visiting tutor at the Yale University Summer Institute in Bioethics.
I have a PhD in Bioethics from the University of Bristol. My thesis focused on the philosophical, ethical, and social implications of human enhancement technologies. I was awarded a Wellcome Trust Ethics and Society Small Grant to take forward the conclusions of my thesis, examining the relation between human enhancement and public health, which remains a significant research interest. Alongside this my interests include neuroethics and neurotechnologies, ethics in psychiatry and mental health, ethics in artificial intelligence, philosophy of mind, philosophy of medicine, epistemology - in particular debates in realism and anti-realism, and interdisciplinary methodology in applied and empirical ethics.
Before returning to academia to take my PhD I spent three years working in patient advocacy and policy research, and prior to this I took a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Healthcare Ethics at the University of Leeds.
What do we owe to Novel Synthetic Beings and how can we be sure?
MCKEOWN A., (2021), Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Ethics of Early Intervention and Prevention in Alzheimer's Disease
MCKEOWN A. et al, (2020), AJOB Neuroscience
Ethical challenges of integration across primary and secondary care: a qualitative and normative analysis
McKeown A. et al, (2019), BMC Medical Ethics, 20
What outcomes are important to patients with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease, their caregivers, and health-care professionals? A systematic review.
Tochel C. et al, (2019), Alzheimers Dement (Amst), 11, 231 - 247
Is coercion ever beneficent? Public health ethics in early intervention and prevention for mental health
MCKEOWN A. et al, (2019), Mental Health as Public Health: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Ethics of Prevention