Simon Adam

Assistant Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

350 Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies - HNES
Keele Campus

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse
Critical Perspectives on Mental Health/Madness Cluster

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Nursing


PhD - 2017
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

MA - 2011
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

BScN - 2006
Ryerson University
Toronto, Canada


Simon Adam is a social scientist in nursing. His program of scholarship focuses on the mental health industry, its various institutional and discursive dimensions, the consumer/survivor/mad experience, and alternative and counter-hegemonic ways of conceptualizing human illness, suffering, and crisis. His work considers what is currently termed 'mental illness' as largely a product of social, economic, and political apparatuses, while examining how education, professionalization, and pop culture reproduce a medicalized way of understanding what is otherwise a normal human condition. Simon works with various communities, including psychiatric survivors and psychiatric consumers, mad people, neurodiverse people, and people who use drugs.

Areas of Interest:

Social Movements, revolutions, anarchist thought & abolitionist studies

Community studies, Harm reduction, Medicalization/demedicalization

Adult education, critical media/media studies & pop culture

Critical/political qualitative methods

Sociolinguistics & sociology of language

Politics of medicine, science, & professionalization

Critical theory, Postfoundationalism, Critical Posthumanism, New Materialisms, Object Oriented Ontology

Selected Publications

Johnson, S*., Adam, S., & McIntosh, M. (2020). The lived experience of postpartum depression: A review of the literature. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, DOI:

van Daalen-Smith, C., Adam, S., Santerre, F., & Hassim, F. (2019). A world of indifference: Canadian women’s experiences of psychiatric hospitalization. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, DOI:

Adam, S.& Juergensen, L. (2019). Toward critical thinking as a virtue: The case of mental health nursing education. Nurse Education in Practice38, 138-144, DOI:

Adam, S., van Daalen-Smith, C., & Juergensen, L. (2019). The indispensability of critique: Reflections on bearing witness to mental health discourse. Canadian Journal of Critical Nursing Discourse1(1), 39-48, DOI:

Adam, S. (2017). Crazy making: The institutional relations of undergraduate nursing in the reproduction of biomedical psychiatry. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship14(1), DOI:

Burstow, B. & Adam, S. (2016). Stopping CAMH: An Activist IE Inquiry. In B. Burstow (Ed), Psychiatry interrogated: An institutional ethnography anthology, (pp. 21-40). New York: United States: Palgrave Macmillan.

van Daalen-Smith, C., Adam, S., Breggin, P. & LeFrançois, B. (2014). The utmost discretion: How presumed prudence leaves children susceptible to electroshock. Children & Society, 28, 205-217, DOI:

Adam, S. (2014). From subservience to resistance: Nursing versus psychiatry. In B. Burstow, B. LeFrançois, & S. Diamond (Eds), Psychiatry disrupted: Theorizing resistance and crafting the (r)evolution, (pp. 65-76). Montreal, Canada: McGill-Queens University Press.




Trent University
Principal Investigator

Canadian Public Health Association
Co-Principal Investigator


Krasman Centre
Principal Investigator


Dean's award for excellence in teaching, Trent University - 2018


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No

Current Research

Research Projects

HiP/HeT: An Online Resource for Enacting Consumer/Survivor-led Mental Health Education
This project is an interdisciplinary pan-university initiative designed for campus-wide impact, with collaborators from 10 departments/programs. History in Practice/Histoire en Tête (HiP/HeT) is an open access consumer/survivor-informed mental health resource for teaching, learning, and knowledge sharing for future health practitioners and humanities and social science students.
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $47,400
Year Funded: 2020
Duration: 1
Funded by: York University

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Simon Adam