2012 JEMH Conference

Sixth JEMH Conference on Ethics in Mental Health

Theme: "Sentenced to Ethics"
Date: November 28-30, 2012, Wednesday (all day), Thursday (all day), Friday (half day)
City: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada (1.5 hours northeast of Toronto, 3 hours west of Ottawa)
Location: Market Hall (Wednesday & Friday)
Galaxie Cinemas (Thursday)
Hosted by: The "Journal of Ethics in Mental Health" (www.jemh.ca) in association with McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) and The Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).
Conference Poster
Sponsored by:
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Toronto)
  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Whitby)
  • Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (Ottawa)
  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (Penetanguishene)
  • Northumberland Hills Hospital (Cobourg)


Wednesday November 28th, 2012




Welcome & Introduction

John Maher MD FRCPC
Senior Editor, JEMH

What Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest To Redeem The Past  

James FitzGerald
Toronto, Ontario

Anorexia Nervosa as a Passion

Louis Charland PhD
Departments of Philosophy and Psychiatry
University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Big Pharma: the ABCs of information Distortion and Control

John Trainor MSW
Global Health Advisory Committee - Open Society Foundations.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto.
Director, Community Support and Research Unit, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario

Incentivizing Treatment Compliance and Healthy Behaviours

Barbara Russell MBA PhD
Bioethicist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario

From Personal Experience to Scientific Research: My Life with Mental Health and Illness Issues

Jeff Kelland MSc PhD (candidate)
Community Health and Humanities, School of Medicine
Memorial University, St John's, Newfoundland


Thursday November 29th, 2012


Placebo Therapy as an Ethical Alternative

Irving Kirsch PhD
Associate Director, Placebo Studies, Harvard Medical School.
Professor of Psychology, University of Plymouth, UK


Psychiatric Advance Directives


Daniel L. Ambrosini LLB BCL MSc PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Law School
Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA


Categories and Controversies: The Ethical Dimensions of the DSM-5


Dominic Sisti PhD 
Director, Scattergood Program University of Pennsylvania


Marna S. Barrett PhD
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry Mood & Anxiety Disorders Treatment Research Program, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, USA

Adjudicating Indian Residential Schools Abuse Claims: A Grant Exercise in Therapeutic Jurisprudence
Michael Bay JD
Adjudicator, Indian Residential School Adjudication Secretariat
Associate Professor (PT), Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario
Unsound Minds, Expert Opinions and Sound Judgments

The Honourable Christopher Corkery
Judge, Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Peterborough, Ontario


Friday November 30th, 2012

Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing  

Barry Schwartz PhD
Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore PA, USA

The Ethical and Health Implications of For-profit Health Insurance: A Personal Account

Nicola Wright PhD
Ottawa, Ontario

Out of the Blue: Emerging from Workplace Depression  

Jan Wong
Author of: Out of the Blue: A Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness
Professor of Journalism, St Thomas University Fredericton, New Brunswick