HST028 PTSD with Dr. Marisa Brandt and Dr. MaryCatherine McDonald

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Dr. Marisa Brandt: A mediatrix is a woman who mediates ideas, translating them across spheres to promote understanding, order, and unity. Mediatrixes have long played a crucial social role as science and technology writers. As a technomediatrix, Brandt investigate sites of scientific and technocultural innovation both ethnographically and textually. Her work draws on ideas from feminism, science and technology studies, media and cultural studies, gender studies, cyborg anthropology, critical military studies, and social theories of health and medicine. Brandt is interested in how ideas about who we are as human beings are bound up in the artifacts we make, how we use them, and the knowledge they allow us to produce.

Dr. MaryCatherine McDonald:  Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She received her PhD from Boston University, and her Masters Degree from The New School. Her most recent research examines combat trauma through the lenses of phenomenology, psychology, and neuroscience, ultimately arguing that these three fields are necessary for understanding the phenomenon of trauma. In the summer of 2015, Dr. McDonald received a grant to complete a research study on the process of reintegration from military to civilian life. In the summer of 2017, Dr. McDonald received a grant to complete a research study on yoga as adjunctive therapy for combat veterans. In addition to her research interest in phenomenology and neuroscience, Dr. McDonald is interested in feminism (specifically issues surrounding embodiment and epistemic authority) early modern philosophy, and the philosophy of mind.


  • What PTSD is
  • How PTSD has emerged and developed over the past thirty years
  • The historical evidence for PTSD
  • The evolution of treatment for military-related psychological conditions
  • The philosophical underpinnings of PTSD


From Shell-Shock to PTSD: A Century of Invisible War Trauma

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