the Lab

The Everyday Ethics Lab is based out of the Department of Education at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Canada. Through Dr Buchman’s academic appointments, the lab is affiliated with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.

We acknowledge that our laboratory is on the lands described in colonial records as the Council grounds of the Mississaugas of the New Credit. Today, Toronto (Tkaronto) is covered by the Toronto Purchase, Treaty No. 13 of 1805 with the Mississaugas of the Credit and home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island.


We are dedicated to the study of healthcare ethics as it interfaces with mental health, substance use, and chronic pain. Our research seeks to promote human flourishing through generating empirically grounded and philosophically rigorous knowledge to inform knowledge mobilization, translation, and exchange within healthcare. To help answer our research questions we apply a variety of conceptual and empirical methods including qualitative interviews and focus groups, surveys, mixed-methods designs, media analyses, and knowledge syntheses. We take seriously the idea that we cannot understand how people’s values are realized or undermined in daily life without being attuned to intersecting contextual factors, including relationships, historical, cultural meanings, social processes, and political factors.

dan buchman poster presentation