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Nicholas Zautra

Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine Phone: +1 480 205 6037
Cognitive Science Program Email: nzautra@iu.edu
Indiana University Bloomingon www.nickzautra.com
1165 E. Third Street, Morrison Hall 302
Bloomington, IN 47405

Area of Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Psychology/Psychiatry


Specialty
Area of Ethics; Applied Ethics; Bioethics
Concentration

Education PhD in History and Philosophy of Science and Cognitive Science 2013 - Present
Minor in Philosophy
Indiana University Bloomington
Dissertation: "Integration in the Psychological and Brain Sciences"; committee: Elisabeth
Lloyd (Indiana, Chair); Colin Allen (U. Pittsburgh, Co-Chair); Dan Kennedy (Indiana);
Jordi Cat (Indiana); Jaqueline Sullivan (Western U.)

MA in Applied Ethics and the Professions: Biomedical and Health Ethics 2013
Arizona State University
Research areas: Applied Ethics; Bioethics
Advisor: Jason Robert

BA (Hons.) in Psychology 2012


Arizona State University; Barrett, the Honors College
Research areas: Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology
Advisor: Mike McBeath

Research Integration in the Psychological and Brain Sciences


Program
Recent attempts to explain, predict, and to understand cognitive and mental functioning
have been characterized as integrative: they pursue an answer to a novel question or research
problem in a way that draws upon multiple different sources of evidence from different
fields. Calls for "integration" and "integrative research" are increasing, especially in the study
of mental illness, whereby scientists use a variety of data, methods, and perspectives from
genes to circuits to behavior to understand the causes and effects of mental disorders. A
common justification for integration is that because all aspects of the brain "work together,"
no single perspective can provide complete understanding. Integration is argued to be a
necessary approach toward explaining the complexities of mental phenomena.

But what does integration in scientific practice actually look like? What is actually being
integrated? Where does integration happen? When do scientists do it? How do they do it?
When does it work? When does it fail? Are scientists justified in their calls for integration?
Should all psychological research be "integrative"? What about scientfic research in general?
Are we in the early stages of an "integration crisis"?

My research centers on understanding the nature and function of integration in the


psychological and brain sciences. Drawing on case studies in brain connectomics, sex and
alcohol use disorders, and team-based memory research, I am working to describe and
explain the scope and limits of integrative approaches in these sciences.
Refereed • Zautra, N. (2018). From DSM to RDoC: On the Beginning of the Ends of Animal Models
Publications of Mental Illness. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History
and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Under Review).
• Zautra, N. (2015). Embodiment, Interaction, & Experience: Toward a Comprehensive
Model in Addiction Science. Philosophy of Science, 82(5).
• Zautra, N. (2015). Rethinking the Conceptual History of the Term 'Cognitive'. In Noelle,
D. C., Dale, R., Warlaumont, A. S., Yoshimi, J., Matlock, T., Jennings, C. D., & Maglio, P.
P. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin,
TX: Cognitive Science Society.
• Kufahl, P. R., Watterson, L. R., Nemirovsky, N. E., Hood, L. E., Villa, A., Halstengard, C.,
Zautra, N., & Foster Olive, M. (2013). Attenuation of methamphetamine seeking by the
mGluR2/3 agonist LY379268 in rats with histories of restricted and escalated self-
administration. Neuropharmacology, 66, 290-301.
• Kufahl, P. R., Nemirovsky, N. E., Watterson, L. R., Zautra, N., & Olive, M. F. (2013).
Positive or negative allosteric modulation of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5
(mGluR5) does not alter expression of behavioral sensitization to methamphetamine.
F1000Research, 2.

Presentations • Zautra, N. (2018, November). The greatest challenge facing philosophy of science today
(according to philosophers of science). Poster presented at the 2018 Philosophy of Science
Association Meeting, Seattle, WA.
• Zautra, N. (2017). RDoC: Toward a Historical Understanding of National Institute of
Mental Health's Brain-Centric Research Program. Paper presented at the Cognitive
Lunch Colloquium meeting at Indaina Univeristy, Bloomington, IN.
• Zautra, N. (2016, May). From DSM to RDoC: On the Beginning of the End of Animal
Models of Mental Illness. Poster presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology
42nd Annual Meeting, Uniersity of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.
• Zautra, N. & Robert, J. (2014, October). Core Competencies for "Benchside" Research
Ethics Consultation Services. Paper presented at the American Society for Bioethics and
Humanities 16th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
• Zautra, N. (2014, April). Moral Disengagement and Deanimalizaiton in Animal Research.
Poster presented at the 2014 Toward a Science of Consciousnes Conference, Tucson, AZ.

• Zautra, N. (2013, October). The Dark Side of the Spoon: Increases in Funding for
Addiction Treatment. Paper presented at the American Society for Bioethics and
Humanities 15th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
• Zautra, N. & Robert, J. (2013, July). Humanizing Animals: The Selection and Justification
of the Prairie as an Animal Model for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paper presented at the
ISHPSSB meeting, Montpellier, France.

Teaching Experience EDUC X150: Becoming the Best Student Fall 2018
Instructor of Record
College of Arts and Sciences Indiana
University Bloomington
HPSC X111: Ethical Issues in the Biological and Medical Sciences: Spring 2018
TOPIC: Medical Ethics and the Movies
Instructor of Record
College of Arts and Sciences
Indiana University Bloomington
Teaching Experience HUBI B-300: Tuberculosis: Historical and Current Perspectives Fall 2017
(Continued) Teaching Assistat
College of Arts and Sciences
Indiana University Bloomington
COLL P155: Public Oral Communication Fall 2016/Spring 2017
Instructor of Record
College of Arts and Sciences
Indiana University Bloomington
EDUC X152: The University Experience: Engagment, Ciritcal Summer 2016
Thinking, and Problem Solving. Topic: The 1970's
Instructor of Record
Student Academic Center
Indiana University Bloomington
HPSC X200: Animal Research Ethics Spring 2016
Course Designer/Instructor of Record
Poynter Center for the Study fo Ethics and American Institutions Indiana
University Bloomington
HPSC X100: Disordered Minds: The History and Philosophy of Psychiatry Fall 2015
Course Designer/Instructor of Record
Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
Indiana University Bloomington
CLLC Q210: Philosophy of Satire Fall 2014
Course Designer/Instructor of Record
Collins Living Learning Center
Indiana University Bloomington
COGS Q240: Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science Spring 2014/2015
Teaching Assistant (2014), Instructor of Record (2015)
Cognitive Science Program
Indiana University Bloomington
HPSC X200: Scientific Reasoning Fall 2013
Instructor of Record
Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
Indiana University Bloomington
BIO 182: General Biology Lab II
Spring 2013
Instructor of Record
School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University

Academic Honors MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award (Nominated) 2017


Cognitive Science Supplemental Research Fellowship 2017
IU Lieber Memorial Teaching Associate Award 2016
Cognitive Science Supplemental Research Fellowship 2015
Poynter Center Jesse Fine Teaching Fellowship 2014
National Sciene Foundation Travel Grant 2014
Arizona State University GPSA Travel Award 2013
School of Life Sciences Travel Award 2013
Center for Biology & Society Travel Award 2013
ASU Graduate Humor Conference Competition Honorable Mention 2013
Center for Biology & Society Travel Award 2012
Not My Kid Speaker Scholarship 2012
Barrett, The Honors College Honors Project Funding Award 2011
Public Outreach Host/Producer. SCI PHI: The Philosophy of Science Podcast 2016-Present
www.sciphipod.com
twitter.com/SciPhiPod

Service Activities Teacher Panelist. D. Ames Shuel Academic Center 2017

Reviewer. Philosophical Psychology 2016

Judge. Indiana Univeristy Ethics Bowl 2016

Reviewer. Indiana Unveristy HPS Graduate Student Conferece 2016

Reviewer. Southwest Graduate Student Philosophy Conference 2013

Judge. Central Arizona Chapter of Association for Women in Science 2013


Awards of Excellence, Arizona Science & Engineering Fair.

Professional Philosophy of Science Association 2015 - Present


Affiliations Cognitive Science Society 2015 - Present
Medical Sciene Liaison Society 2018 - Present

References Dr. Colin Allen, Professor


Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Pittsburg
Pittsburgh, PA USA 15260
(812)-855-8916
colallen@indiana.edu

Dr. Anthony Guest-Scott, Academic Coordinator


Student Academic Center
Indiana University Bloomington
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812)-855-7301
aguestsc@indiana.edu

Dr. James Capshew, Professor


Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University Bloomington
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812)-855-3655
jcapshew@indiana.edu

Dr. Elisabeth Lloyd, Professor


Department of History and Philosophy of Science
Indiana University Bloomington
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812)-855-3622
ealloyd@indiana.edu