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Born in Hamilton but grew up in Burlington. University of Toronto, B.A., M.D., Dip. Psych. Royal College Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Fellow. Worked in the Ontario Mental Health Clinic service and then became Medical Director of the Whitby Psychiatric Hospital. Moved to the Ministry of Health, Ontario as a Consultant in Psychiatry. Then became Principle Program Advisor, Mental Health Division.

Dr. Deadman came to McMaster and the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital. He set up the Wellington Psychiatric Outreach Program and the Community Schizophrenia Service – both are still functioning as part of the community support network in Hamilton. He has remained active, providing part time coverage to several programs and is now located at the West 5th Campus in forensics and Community Psychiatry.

Dr. Deadman's main interest now is history. He is Chair of the Section on the History and Philosophy of Psychiatry at the Canadian Psychiatric Association, Archivist of the Ontario Psychiatric Association and a frequent presenter on these topics. He has just published a book on forensic psychiatry in Hamilton. He is a Distinguished Fellow of both the Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations.

Featured Publications

Standards and Guidelines for the Psychotherapies, (Ed.   P. Cameron, J. Ennis, J. Deadman,)   © University of Toronto Press, ISBN 0-8020-0804-6, & ISBN 0-8020-7166-X.   October, 1998. 

“The Ontario Psychiatric Association’s 90 Years of History” Special Edition of OPA Dialogue,December. 2013. 

“Moving out of the shadows: a history of forensic psychiatry in Hamilton”. (Author, Editor: John C. Deadman. Co-authors: B. Bernardo, G. Chaimowitz, D. Dawson, J. Ferencz, M. Lemieux, G. Mersereau, R. Padgett, M. Reitmeier. © St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton. ISBN 978-0-9732712-8-7. September 2016.

Clinical and Research Interests

Chair of the Section on the History and Philosophy of Psychiatry of the Canadian Psychiatric Association which hosts a history workshop at each annual meeting.

Archivist – Ontario Psychiatric Association. 2006; Responsible for organizing the archives of the association and keeping members informed of its rich history.

History of medicine and medical humanities. (associated with Hannah Dept. History of Medicine.

Other interests: Biography of my father, Dr. W. J. Deadman, Hamilton City Pathologist.

History of Deinstitutionalization in Canada.


  • B.A. University Toronto, 1953
  • M.D. University Toronto, 1957
  • D. Psych. University Toronto, 1962
  • Certificate, R.C.P.S. (Canada) 1963
  • F.R.C.P.C. 1976.

Research Areas

No formal research. My present research interest in in the 'Hysteria' concept and J. M. Charcot. This leads to present concepts of Pluralism and reductionism debate.

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