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Charlotte was one of ten winners of the BBC/Arts and Humanities Research Council New Generation Thinkers in 2012-13 and is a regular contributor to BBC radio. 


Festivals, Speaking Events, Podcasts



Charlotte has given two TEDx talks and has spoken at Medicine Unboxed, British Academy events, and other festivals of ideas. 

(Selected talks below)

Deep Breath In, BMJ, Patent access to notes. December 16th, 2022.


British Academy Event at Imagine: A Festival of Ideas Panel discussion on 'Machines, morality, and the future of healthcare'. (March 23rd, 2017)

The Storey Institute, Lancaster. ‘Philosophy for Everyone’, Philosophy in schools and the community, (February 1st, 2017)


Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin: Reception for Philosophy Ireland with President of Ireland and Mrs Higgins, World Philosophy Day. (November 19th, 2016).


SAPERE keynote speaker and invitation to be Patron, at SAPERE AGM, Royal National Hotel, London, World Philosophy Day (November, 17th, 2016)


Inspirefest 2016. Talk on the future of

the medical appointment.

Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin.

(July 1st, 2016)

TEDx UCD. University College Dublin

'Philosophy is a right'. (December 4th, 2015).


TEDx Fulbright, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. 

‘Hypocritical Oaths: Medicine’s Dirty Secrets’,

Selected as TEDx Editor’s Picks in August 2014

(April 5th, 2014)

Medicine Unboxed Cheltenham,UK.

Debate with the philosophers

Dr. Julian Baggini and Professor Deborah Bowman.

(November 17th, 2013) 


BBC Free Thinking Festival at the Sage,

Gateshead, UK. Talk entitled 'The Medicine Game'

recorded live and broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

This was the fastest-selling event at Free Thinking

in 2012.

(November 5th, 2012)

Radio & TV

Selected recent radio & television - please see CV for more information.

Newstalk Breakfast with Susan Keogh Newstalk Radio, Dublin. Interview on anxiety and depresson rates among Ireland's youth. (July 6th, 2019)

BBC Radio Four, The Placebo Paradox. (February 18th, 2019).

RTE One: Interview for a documentary entitled Futurevisions: Can philosophy save Ireland? The also included an interview with President Michael D. Higgins. RTE One (September 3rd, 2019).

TG4: Interview for a documentary on Dr John Bodkin Adams. (October 2017).

George Hook Show, Newstalk Radio, Dublin. Interview on Philosophy Ireland launch. (August 30th, 2016).

George Hook Show, Newstalk Radio, Dublin, Interview on my Irish Times Feature on philosophy in schools. (May, 2016).

RTE One's Interviewed by Kathriona Devereux 

European award-winning science programme

"10 Thing to Know About...Pain" for research on

placebo effect (December 7th, 2015)

BBC 2 Newsnight Consulted by reporter

Jim Reed for research on a feature on

electroconvulsive therapy

(July 11th, 2013)

BBC Arts and Culture Short film on the placebo effect.

(April, 10th,  2013)


Newspapers & Blogs
















Charlotte's research has been covered by a range of international publications.

The Critic: A technological prescription

September 6th, 2023

The Critic: Medicine's culture of secrecy

August 29th, 2023

Spiked: Why pills won't solve postpartum depression

August 15th, 2023

The Critic: Underselling Ulster

August 11th, 2023

Spiked: Sinéad O’Connor: a true rebel

July 28th, 2023

The Critic: The banality of Barbie

July 25th, 2023

The Critic: No, you don't have ADHD

July 21st, 2023

Spiked: In defence of boozy workplaces

May 29th, 2023

The Guardian: No more missing records or letters lost in the post - I will bring in a totally digital NHS 

Keir Starmer

May 23, 2023

Spiked: Gender ideology can harm trans people, too

May 18th, 2023

The Critic: Sex matters in medicine

May 6th, 2023

Spiked: Groupthink is stifling the university

April 26th, 2023

Spiked: No, Michelangelo's David isn't 'inappropriate' for kids

April 7th, 2023

The Guardian: As a journalist, my partner fought for the facts. Yet the the truth of his own medical condition was kept from him

April 3rd, 2023

El País: What if the placebo effect doesn't work? A study questions what is believed about the healing of the body by the mind 

February 25th, 2023

Spiked: The snobbish war on the red tops

February 20th, 2023

Spiked: Prince Harry and the trouble with therapy

January 27th, 2023

STAT: Placebo response reveals unconscious bias among white patients toward female, Black physicians

June 28th, 2022

Medscape: Should you tell your doctor you're a doctor?

November 9th, 2021

BMJ Blogs: Patients reading their medical records: The end of deceptive placebos?

November 2nd, 2021

Medscape: Open notes: Big benefits, few harms in psychiatry, experts say

October 29th, 2021

BMJ Blogs: We need to talk about 'closed notes'

October 15th, 2021

Medscape. 'You have cancer': When the computer pre-empts the doctor

August 11th, 2021

HemOnc Today. While empowering patients, oncology open notes may add to physician workload.

May 10, 2021

Cambia Health Foundation: New U.S. federal rule to ensure easy access to patient health information.

April 5th, 2021

Psychology Today. Should you read the notes your doctor writes about you? 

April 4th, 2021

Medscape. Starting Monday, patients can read your notes: 5 key things. 

April 1st, 2021

Psychology Today. Boosting engagement with care: Emerging, existing, and underutilized technology solutions that you can use today

March 24th, 2021

Medscape Don't fear patients reading their clinical notes: Opinion

February 11th, 2021

The Irish Times. Our patients should be allowed to examine their medical notes

November 2nd, 2020.

Medscape Should mental health patients see their doctors' notes?

October 21st, 2020

Psychology Today. Opening mental health notes: 7 tips to prepare clinicians

October 19th, 2020

Medium. Treating patients like grown-ups: Open notes

July 12th, 2020

Aeon/Psyche. Should mental health patients see their doctors' notes?

July 22nd, 2020

Psychology Today. Should psychotherapists open their notes to patients?

April 23rd, 2020

The Irish Times. Coronavirus: How can philosophy help us during this time of crisis?

March 26th, 2020

Wired. The end of placebos.

December 2nd, 2019

Gizmodo. 'Why do placebo work?'

October 28th, 2019

IEEE Spectrum. 'AI won't replace us, docs say'.

December 20th, 2018.

The Times of India: 'UK doctors skeptical that AI could replace them: Study'.

December 19th, 2018.


The Week: 'British doctors skeptical that AI could entirely replace them'.

December 19th, 2018.


The Sydney Morning Herald. Quoted in feature. 'Mind-body' healing: Success of placebo trials challenges medical thinking'

June, 11th, 2017.


Education Technology Interview on philosophy and technology. 'Philosophy essential for all'.

April 23rd, 2017.


The Guardian journal edition: Opinion, page 25: ‘How do you save a child from a robot?’

January 9th, 2017.

The Guardian online: ‘Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t’.

January 9th, 2017.

BMJ Blog: ‘Mind the gap: Ethical failures in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome’.

December 6th, 2016.

Irish Daily Mail. Frontpage and pages 2, 12 coverage of Philosophy Ireland launch. page 1: 'Philosophy course for our schools'; page 2: 'Thinking caps are pulled on as philosophy hits schools'; page 12: 'Get priorities right'

August 29th, 2016.

The Irish Times, Feature on Philosophy Ireland: Sabina Higgins backs campaign for teaching philosophy in schools 

August 28th, 2016

Silicon Republic. Invited feature: 'The need for cosmopolitan ideals in research'

July 18th, 2016.

The Irish Independent: Interview for a feature entitled 'Talking therapy is on the rise...but who are we talking to?' 

June 28th, 2016.

Silicon Republic: Named as one of '18 researchers guaranteed to broaden your definition of the word’

June 13th, 2016.

Silicon Republic: Interview for a feature entitled ‘Taking a philosophical approach to improve healthcare'

June 3rd, 2016.

The Irish Times. Invited feature entitled ‘Is this on the exam? The pressing need for philosophy in schools?'

May 2nd, 2016

The Washington Post: Interview for feature entitled 

‘Why the most hated person on the internet today is someone

you have never heard of’.

March 22nd, 2016.

The Irish News Review of TEDx UCD talk ‘Philosophy is a Right’ :

‘TEDx – a forum for making our world a better place’

December 7th, 2015.

Nautilus Interview in award-winning science magazine for a feature entitled 'Is Facebook Luring You into being Depressed?' 

December 3rd, 2015.

The Irish Times Quoted in Editorial on Philosophy in Irish Schools. Education for what? The case for critical thinking. 

August 22nd, 2015.

The Irish Times Interview on Philosophy for Children ahead of Symposium at University College Dublin. Philosophy: the subject that improves children's literacy, numeracy and conduct

August 15th, 2015

Psychology Today. Exploring Facebook depression

May 25th, 2015.


The Herald. Research on the placebo effect is a bitter pill for pharmaceutical companies to swallow

May 14th, 2015

The Herald. Antidepressants: the real story behind their increase in use and the side-effects

May 13th, 2015

The Kernal. How Facebook is changing the way we think and feel

May 3rd, 2015.


British Medical Journal Blog. The talking cure taboo

April 20th, 2015.


The Irish Times. Is psychotherapy a license to deceive?

April 1st, 2015

The Guardian. Can a shot of the humanities make doctors more humane?

November 4th, 2013.

The Irish Times. We think, Therefore We Learn

February 21st, 2012.

The Irish News. Empowering Young Minds of the Future.

July 19th, 2011.


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