John Higenbottam


Professional Affiliations and other Positions

CAMIMH, Chair 2007 and Co-chair 2009-2014
Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 2015-present

Research and Interests

Psychosocial/Psychiatric Rehabilitation; Mental Health Systems and Services



Dr. John Higenbottam is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist who has held senior clinical leadership positions in British Columbia   including Vice President of Vancouver Richmond Health Board, Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, BC Rehab and Riverview Hospital.

John is a Clinical Professor, in the Department of Psychiatry, UBC. He is a member of the Clinical Faculty Reappointments and Promotion Committee. He has also served as the department of Psychiatry representative on UBC’s Clinical Research Ethics Board. For several years, he has been a PBL and currently, CBL tutor in the UBC Medical Undergraduate Program.

He is also the Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health which is based at UBC’s Department of Psychiatry. This journal is evolving as a much-needed venue for Canadian mental health research and practice innovation.

John is Chair, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada/Réadaptation Psychosociale Canada (PSR/RPS Canada) as well as its BC Chapter. PSR/RPS BC. PSR/RPS Canada is a national organization which promotes evidence based and recovery oriented psychosocial/psychiatric rehabilitation practices. And evidence-based community mental health services and systems.

John served as a member of the Service Systems Advisory Committee, Mental Health Commission of Canada and was co-lead of Turning the Key, a major study on mental health housing in Canada. From 2007 to 2014 he served as Chair and Co-Chair, Canadian Alliance for Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH), Canada’s major alliance of mental health professional and stakeholder organizations.

John’s major clinical and research interests are in developing, implementing and evaluating effective, recovery oriented mental health systems and services.


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