Board of Advisors

Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D.

Elliot D. Cohen (Ph.D. Brown University) is President of the Institute of Critical Thinking and one of the principle founders of philosophical counseling in the United States.  He is founder and editor of International Journal of Applied Philosophy and International Journal of Philosophical Practice, ethics editor of Free Inquiry Magazine, and co-founder and Co-Executive Director of the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy. Author of thirteen books and numerous articles in applied philosophy and professional ethics, his books include, The New Rational Therapy:  Thinking Your Way to Serenity, Success, and Profound Happiness (Prometheus, 2007),  What Would Aristotle Do?  Self-Control through the Power of Reason (Prometheus Books 2003), The Virtuous Therapist: Ethical Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (with Gale Cohen) (Wadsworth, 1999), Philosophers at Work:  Issues and Practice of Philosophy (Wadsworth, 2000), Caution:  Faulty Thinking Can Be Harmful to Your Happiness (Trace-Wilco, 1994).  Dr. Cohen has lectured and taught at a number of colleges and universities in the U.S. and has appeared on National Public Radio and Air America, and has been interviewed by the New York Times Magazine and the London Observer, among other national and local venues.


Kenneth F. T. Cust, Ph.D.

Kenneth F.T. Cust (Ph.D. Bowling Green State University) is a Past President and currently Co-Executive Director of the American Society for Founder and Co-Editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Practice. Dr. Cust is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at University of Central Missouri. He has over a decade of experience as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse and in 1994 he was an Invited Member of the Psychiatric Nurses Association of Canada's National Education Committee and an Invited Member of the Manitoba Association of Registered Nurses Directors of Schools Committee. He has been profiled in Utne Reader (January/February) 1997, pp. 50-51and Self (June, 1998, p. 56) and has been interviewed locally, nationally, and internationally in both print and broadcast media regarding philosophical counseling. His publications include �Philosophers Return to the Agora,? in L. M. Rasmussen (ed.), Ethical Experts: A Critical Assessment, Kluwer Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, (2005) , pp. 227-241; ?7th Conference on Value Inquiry,?The Journal of Value Inquiry 33 (1999), pp. 557-563; Guest Editor. Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines XVII:3 (Spring 1998); "Introduction to Philosophical Counseling," Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines XVII:3 (Spring 1998), pp. 1-4; A Just Minimum of Health Care, (Lanham: University Press of America, Inc.) 1997 and several other articles on issues in bioethics. He has an article entitled "Metaslavery," forthcoming in Contemporary Philosophy" and he currently editing an electronic edition of the 1874 American Steroptype Edition of Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary.

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Michael Davis, Ph.D

Michael Davis is ethics advisor to the Institute of Critical Thinking.  He is Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and Professor of Philosophy, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.  Before coming to IIT in 1986, he taught at Case-Western Reserve, Illinois State, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.  For 1985-86, he held at National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship.  Since 1991, he has held�among other grants�three from the National Science Foundation to integrate ethics into technical courses. Davis has published more than 150 articles (and chapters) and authored seven books: To Make the Punishment Fit the Crime (Westview, 1992); Justice in the Shadow of Death (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996); Thinking Like an Engineer (Oxford, 1998); Ethics and the University (Routledge, 1999); Profession, Code, and Ethics (Ashgate, 2002); and Actual Social Contract and Political Obligation (Mellen, 2002); and also co-edited three other books: Ethics and the Legal Professions (Prometheus, 1986); AIDS: Crisis in Professional Ethics (Temple, 1994); and Conflict of Interest in the Professions (Oxford, 2001) and edited one other, Engineering Ethics (Ashgate, 2005). He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan in 1972. 


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William Kerr, Ph.D.

 William Kerr is currently Collegiate Professor in Philosophy and Psychology for the University of Maryland, University College, European Division. His interest in philosophical counseling goes back to the early 70�s when he conducted seminars and tutorials on the subject at Santa Clara University. His clinical experience includes work in California with the Berkeley Department of Mental Health, the Marin County Probation Department, and the Oakland Child Abuse Center. He has recently started a series of presentations in Germany to professional colleagues to introduce the rudiments of LBT.  Professor Kerr has held positions at Emory University, Santa Clara University, and Chapman University. His doctorate in philosophy is from SUNY Buffalo, and his Master of Arts degree (psychology) is from Antioch University, where he wrote, respectively, on pragmatism and religion and philosophical counseling.

Megan Laverty, Ph.D.

Megan Laverty is a trainer for the Institute in philosophical practice with children.  She is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  After taking a BA and an MA in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, she completed her PhD in Philosophy at the University of New South Wales.  She has held appointments at Montclair State University (2000-2005), Trinity College (1997-2000) and the University of Melbourne (1995-1997).  Laverty�s research interests include moral philosophy, philosophy of education, philosophy for children and philosophy and literature.  She has published book chapters, as well as book reviews and articles in the following journals: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Philosophy of Education, Educational Theory and Research, Paideusis, Critical and Creative Thinking: the Australasian Journal of Philosophy of Education, Analytica-Husserlia, International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, Thinking: the Journal of Philosophy for Children, and The Korean Journal of Moral Education.  Laverty is book review editor for Inquiry: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines.  She is a Fellow of the Institute for the Advancement of Philosophy for Children (IAPC) at Montclair State University and an Honorary Fellow of the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE).



Samuel Zinaich, Ph.D.

Samuel Zinaich, Jr. (Ph. D. Bowling Green State University) is a trainer for the Institute of Critical Thinking and an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University Calumet. Dr. Zinaich has published and lectured on a wide variety of topics including John Locke�s moral theory, abortion, virtue theory, and philosophical counseling. He has authored one book: John Locke�s Moral Revolution: from Nature Law to Moral Relativism (University Press of America, 2006), and co-edited one other book: Ethics for the Professions (Wadsworth/Thomas Learning, 2001). Currently, Dr. Zinaich is the Secretary and Treasurer for the American Society for Philosophy, Counseling, and Psychotherapy.