Jana Sedlakova

PhD Student

Research Assistant


Jana completed her Master´s degree in Philosophy at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. During her studies, she spent two semesters at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where she wrote her master theses on the normativity of knowledge. Thereafter, she started PhD at the University of Fribourg with the focus on epistemology and philosophy of psychiatry. In 2019, she decided to change her initial PhD project and pursue a PhD project in ethics that is more praxis-oriented and interdisciplinary. In February 2020, she joined the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine. Her PhD project is focused on ethical and epistemological analysis of patient´s interaction with conversational agents and chatbots. The project aims at clarifying possible far-reaching impacts on individuals and society that this novel technology can have. Finally, in February 2021, she joined the DSI-Ethics and Health Community and become a research assistant position in a project at the intersection of health and digitalization.

Research Interests

  • Mental health and the question of good life
  • Patient´s experience
  • Philosophy of psychiatry
  • M-health
  • Ethics of Digital Well-being
  • Digitalization
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Human enhancement

Ongoing Projects

  • PhD project on ethical and epistemological challenges of patients´ interaction with conversational AI           
  • Enriching health research with unstructured patient data: opportunities and challenges                                    
  • Co-Organizer of the workshop “When ethics meets well-being and mental health apps: moral and social issues of pursuing the good life with a smartphone”