John P.M. Court
Associate Professor
Psychotherapies, Humanities and Educational Scholarship
John Court
Contact Info
T: (416) 535-8501 32159
Centre for Addiction & Mental Health
1001 Queen St W
Unit 1
Toronto, ON, M6J 1H4
Appointment Status Primary

John Court, who holds social science degrees from the University of  Toronto with certifications as a professional archivist and a heritage  professional, is the Corporate Archivist for CAMH.  As an historian of  medicine and psychiatry he was appointed to the Department of  Psychiatry in 2002, now serving since 2016 as an Associate Professor.  In 2013 John was appointed to the Institute of Medical Science as a  
Graduate Faculty Associate, teaching a seminar module on the History of Psychiatry while serving on graduate students’ thesis committees. He also serves as a Graduate Faculty Associate in the Department of  Psychiatry’s Clinical Scientist Program (CSP), having co-supervised an historian Post-doctoral Fellow.



• Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
• Institute of Medical Science (IMS) – Graduate Faculty Associate
(Faculty of Medicine)
• Centre for Faculty Development (Faculty of Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital)
• The Wilson Centre for Research in Education (Faculty of Medicine at the University Health Network)
• York University, Founders’ Honour Society
Other Links • “Taking Toronto’s Healthcare History” inter-professional conference, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, November 23-24, 2012:
• History of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, linked to this website:



•John P.M. Court and Allan S. Kaplan (2016), “The Disjointed Historical Trajectory of Anorexia Nervosa before 1970,” Current Psychiatry Reports, January 2016, 18(1):10. DOI: 10.1007/s11920-015-0641-6

•John P.M. Court, Alexander I.F. Simpson and Christopher Webster (2014), “Contesting Mad versus Bad: The Evolution of Forensic Mental Health Services and Law at Toronto,” Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, pp. 1-19.
DOI: 10.1080/13218719.2014.918079

• John P.M. Court (2011), “Introducing Darwinism to Toronto’s Post-1887 Reconstituted Medical School,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 28:1, 191–212.

• John P.M. Court (2010), “Recruiting a Scientific Enigma: Ramsay Wright at the University of Toronto and its Reconstituted Medical School, 1874 to 1912,” Historical Studies In Education/ Revue D’histoire de L’éDucation, 22:1, (Spring 2010), 61 – 81.

• John P.M. Court (2008), “The Stricklands at Queen Street,” Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts, and Humanities, 5:1 (Fall 2008), 4 – 8.

• Christopher Webster and John P.M. Court (2008), _The Evolution of the Law and Mental Health Program at the University of Toronto_. University of Toronto, Department of Psychiatry: pamphlet essay.

• Donald Wasylenki, John P.M. Court and Katherine Ostaff (2008), _A Century of Learning, A Century of Caring: Centenary Historical Publication, 1907 – 2007_. University of Toronto, Dept. of Psychiatry, publ. in print and online in conjunction with the Department’s Centenary Annual Report for 2007-08.

• John P.M. Court (2002), “Bibliographies and Notes as a Separate Online Publication: A Novel Trend in Support of Scholarly Publishing,” Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 34:1 (Oct. 2002), 43–52.

• John P.M. Court (2000), “From 999 to 1001 Queen Street: A Consistently Vital Resource,” Chap. 10 in E. Hudson (ed.), _The Provincial Asylum in Toronto: Reflections on Social and Architectural History_. Toronto: Toronto Architectural Conservancy.

• John P.M. Court (1999), Book Review: Academic Freedom in Canada: A History, by Michiel Horn (University of Toronto Press, 1999), Archivaria: The Journal of the Association of Canadian Archivists, No. 48 (Fall, 1999), 230-33.

• John P.M. Court (1997), “Out of the Wood Work: The Wood Family’s Benefactions to Victoria University,” Papers of the Canadian Methodist Historical Society, vol. 11, 26-51.

• John P.M. Court (1995), “Recent Directions in Canadian Health Policy: A Case for More Beacons,” Asian Journal of Public Administration, 17:1 (June 1995), 116-139.


Research Synopsis

History of medicine, psychiatry, and medical and science education; employing archival research as the principal methodology, focusing on the histories of Canadian institutions of higher learning, particularly universities and their medical schools. In addition, examining the histories of institutions for the care and treatment of illness, with emphasis on mental health, addiction and forensic psychiatry facilities.