Carson McPherson

Adjunct Professor


Dr. Carson McPherson is an accomplished leader in the design, implementation, and delivery of addiction treatment programs across Canada. He was the CEO for Cedars Cobble Hill where he oversaw a 75-bed residential addiction treatment centre, designed and implemented a large-scale hospital-based program in Saskatchewan and operated numerous supportive recovery houses in British Columbia. Formerly a Senior Advisor at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use and a National Policy Committee member for the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine, as well as sitting on various provincial and national expert committees, Carson has been an influential leader in creating provincial policies related to addiction and recovery

As a researcher and thought leader, Carson has presented at numerous national conferences and has published a variety of peer-reviewed research on recovery, recovery capital, recovery-oriented workplaces, chronic pain, health systems, and the family system impacts of addiction.

Currently he is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University, a researcher at the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction, a faculty member at Vancouver Island University and a board member of the British Columbia Addiction Recovery Association. He holds a doctorate in social sciences as well as master’s degrees in science and business administration.