Head’s Office

Department Head: Dr. William Honer  email: william.honer@ubc.ca

Dr. Honer trained in medicine at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and received his MD in 1984. Following a year of internal medicine training at the Vancouver General Hospital, he was a resident in psychiatry at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University for three years. During the final year of his residency program, and for the next three years, Dr. Honer was a research fellow at Columbia University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he was a member of Dr. Peter Davies’ neuropathology research group.

Dr. Honer moved to Vancouver in 1991, and is now the Jack Bell Chair in Schizophrenia, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. He is Director of the UBC Institute of Mental Health, Vice-President, Academic and Strategic Development, BC Mental Health and Addictions Services, and is a consultant psychiatrist. Dr. Honer is also an Honorary Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Hong Kong, and a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry in Columbia University in New York.

He received a Scientist Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and has received both the Young Investigator Award (1997) and the Heinz Lehmann Award (2008) from the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Dr. Honer is the author of 215 peer-reviewed publications and has authored the assessment section of the Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines for Schizophrenia.

Dr. Honer’s research interests include mechanism of illness and developing new treatments for schizophrenia, neural plasticity in Alzheimer’s disease, and understanding pathways to co-occurring illnesses including psychosis, addiction and viral infection.


Associate Head – Education: Pending



Associate Head – Clinical Affairs: William MacEwan


Dr. William MacEwan received his BSc, MD and FRCPC (1987) from the University of BC. He is an outstanding teacher and clinician who practices psychiatry in two community settings – Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the South Fraser Health Region. His research interests have been in the study of novel antipsychotics in the treatment of schizophrenia. He is a rare clinical teacher who can impact on the care of communities through his dedication and passion for teaching as demonstrated by his being awarded in 2012 the Faculty of Medicine’s Clinical Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Practice Teaching.   He is a dedicated advocate for people with serious mental illness living in poverty on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and currently sits on the Mayor’s Mental Health and Addictions Task Force


Associate Head – Research: Raymond Lam

Lam-Raymond_croppedDr. Raymond W. Lam is Professor and Head of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, and Director of the Mood Disorders Centre of Excellence at UBC Hospital within the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. His research covers the spectrum of non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments for mood disorders, with a focus on seasonal, treatment-resistant and workplace depression. He has published over 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals and authored 11 books on depression, and serves on the editorial boards of 7 international journals, including as an editorial advisor for the Cochrane Collaboration. He is also the Executive Chair of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT, www.canmat.org)