Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, August 2013

Hello. I am Joanne Beer, a PhD student in biostatistics at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

I am interested in development and application of statistical methods to problems in psychiatry, neuroscience, and psychology.

The painting that best describes the topic of my PhD dissertation is Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 by Marcel Duchamp (1912).

Duchamp Nude Descending a Staircase

Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2; Marcel Duchamp 1912

I am also interested in philosophical problems such as the metaphysics of consciousness and the philosophical foundations of psychiatry, particularly the classification of mental disorders in systems like the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. I hope to contribute to the efforts to establish a diagnostic classification system in mental health that is both valid and reliable. In connection with this, I am very interested in projects such as the Research Domain Criteria Initiative of the National Institute of Mental Health.