John Trainor is the director of the Community Support and Research Unit at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health as well as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. He also co-leads two national studies, one on housing and one on employment, funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He chairs the advisory board of the Mental Health Initiative of the Public Health Program of the Open Society Foundations and has extensive experience in hospital and community-based mental health services.
Trainor has been involved in international development projects for over 10 years, including in the Baltics, Brazil, and Sri Lanka. He spent four years as senior policy advisor in mental health with the government of Ontario, and many years chairing the National Mental Health Services Work Group of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Trainor holds an honors degree from Trent University and a MA in social work from the University of Toronto.