Some Background Information About

Dr. Brad Bowins

Centre For Theoretical Research In Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology

I welcome you to this site and commend your interest in theoretical research. About myself, I completed both my medical degree and specialist training in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Currently, I have a private general adult-based practice in Toronto. My approach to life is characterized by exploration and discovery, apparent from my hobby pursuits including backcountry skiing, scuba diving, underwater photography, marine biology, and travel articles. For those interested, my personal website showcases underwater photography and travel articles. Given this spirit of exploration and discovery an interest in research was inevitable. For me research is a way of life and not just an activity within life.

Although my first publication—Self Esteem & Delusions—was empirical, I quickly gravitated to theoretical research. Questions pertaining to the why of psychiatric and psychological issues arose in the course of treating patients with a wide range of problems, and I found myself exploring the why based on patient observation and extensive reading of the relevant literature. From early on I was very impressed with how crucial psychological defense mechanisms are to mental health, much as our immune system is to physical health. My published works have a theme of defense mechanisms from an evolutionary perspective based on the essential role of our ancestral past in shaping human nature. In the process of asking why questions and deriving answers it has become very apparent that a subspecialty focus is often counter-productive, given that the truth invariable encompasses information from various disciplines and approaches. Furthermore, the interdisciplinary nature of reality does not always lend itself to purely empirical studies that are frequently derived from a subspecialty focus.

Based on my work as a psychiatric/psychological theorist and theory development pertaining to cosmology, I have come to appreciate that science cannot move ahead without a balance of theoretical and empirical research. Theory is valued in other scientific disciplines, such as physics, providing direction and testable hypothesis. It greatly disturbs me to see how psychiatry and clinical psychology are currently so opposed to theoretical approaches, leaving these disciplines largely rudderless and in need of testable hypothesis that can truly advance understanding. In psychiatry the situation seems so dire that neuroscience is largely filling the vacuum, and both general and specific focus journals are filled with neuroscience papers. Appreciating how psychiatry and clinical psychology are suffering from the almost complete absence of theory, I have taken it on myself to advance the cause for theoretical research in these highly related disciplines and provide guidelines and assistance based on my extensive experience.