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

Psychiatric Rehabilitation; Mental Health Systems



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

John currently is a health care consultant specializing in the areas of mental health, rehabilitation and brain injury. He is also the Editor in Chief, Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health which is evolving as a much-needed venue for Canadian mental health research and practice innovation.

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.

John is President, PSR/RPS BC, and Chair, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada/Réadaptation Psychosociale Canada. Both organizations have a mission of promoting evidence based and recovery oriented mental health practices.

He also represents PSR BC on the BC Alliance for Accountable Mental Health Services and is a Director of BC’s Community Action Initiative (CAI). He is also a member of the provincial Assertive Early Psychosis Initiative (EPI) and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Advanced Practice Steering Committees.

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. Since 2007 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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