Tamara Browne

Tamara Kayali
Academic Coordinator, Lecturer - Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
R N Robertson Building
 +61 2 6125 1267 (Office)



B.Biotech, B.Sc (Hons), MPhil, PhD


Tamara Kayali Browne (née Kayali) completed her PhD at Cambridge University focusing on issues of control, responsibility and the self in depression. She then convened and lectured Bioethics at Sydney University before undertaking a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Novel Tech Ethics, Dalhousie University, Canada. In 2013 she was appointed to a lectureship at the ANU.

Related websites

Academia.edu page


Research interests

  • Neuroethics: focusing on ethical, philosophical and sociological issues related to mental illness, psychopharmaceuticals and cognitive enhancement.
  • Reproductive Technology: focusing on ethical issues in preimplantation genetic diagnosis and genetic enhancement.



2017                Brocher Foundation Residency Grant: Rethinking Parental Autonomy in Sex Selection

2015                ANU Early Career Researcher Travel Grant

2013                Canadian Institutes of Health Research Grant for a Café Scientifique on IVF funding

2013                Dalhousie University Travel Grant for Postdoctoral Fellows

2007                Richard Stapley Grant           

2005 - 2007     Queens’ College, Cambridge Bursary

2005 - 2007     Arnold Gerstenberg Studentship


  • BIOL3191: Biology, Society and Ethics (Convenor and Lecturer)
  • BIOL3204: Human Genetics (Lecturer)
  • BIOL2201: Big Questions in Biology (Lecturer)
  • Coordinator of the Master of Biological Sciences and the Master of Biological Sciences (Advanced) Programs


Vice-Chancellor's Award - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Early Career Academic)

Colleges of Science Award - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Early Career Academic)

Nominated for a National Award - Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Early Career Academic)

Professional Recognition

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



Depression and the Self: Meaning, Control and Authenticity (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in Autumn 2017).

Journal Articles

Browne, T.K. (forthcoming). An Ethics Review Panel for the DSM: A Worthwhile Challenge. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology (a response to the commentaries).

Browne, T.K. (forthcoming). A Role for Philosophers, Sociologists and Bioethicists in Revising the DSM. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology (as Philosophical Case Conference with 8 peer commentaries).

Browne, T.K. 2016. Why Parents Should Not Be Told the Sex of Their Fetus. Journal of Medical Ethics (Online first. Feature article with peer commentary.)

Browne, T.K. 2016. Why Parents Should Not Be Told the Sex of Their Fetus: a response to the commentaries. Journal of Medical Ethics (Online first)

Browne, T.K. 2015. Is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Really a Disorder?. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 12 (2): 313-330.

Kayali, T. & Iqbal, F. 2013. Depression as Unhomelike Being-in-the-World? Phenomenology’s Challenge to our Understanding of Mental Illness. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy 16: 1, 31-39.

Kayali, T. & Iqbal, F. 2012. Making Sense of Melancholy: Sub-Categorisation and the Perceived Risk of Future Depression. Health, Risk & Society, 14: 2, 171-189.

Media articles/reviews

Browne, T.K. The Problem With Sex Selection, O&G Magazine, 18 (2): 38-39.

Browne, T.K. Parent Planning: We Shouldn't Be Allowed to Choose Our Children's Sex, The Ethics Centre, 16 Sep 2015.

Browne, T.K. The Disordered Logic of Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder, Impact Ethics, 8 Sep 2015.

Kayali, T. Prenatal Genetic Alteration: Vices and Virtues, Bioethics Dissertation Reviews, 8 Jan 2014.

Kayali, T. Forgotten Ethics in Canadian Dementia Care Guidelines, Impact Ethics, 17 April 2013.

Kayali, T. Female Sexual Dysfunction and Disease Mongering, in Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, 4 March 2013.

Work has also appeared in The Globe and Mail, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Brisbane Times, The Canberra Times and ABC radio Canberra.

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