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Filippo Maria Sposini is a Roy McMurtry Fellow in Legal History. He was trained as a Psychologist (BA and MA) at the University of Padua with a scholarship for one semester at Boston University.

Before moving to Canada, he worked as a Health Promoter in several reception centers for asylum seekers in North-East Italy and as a Headhunter for a Dutch multinational firm. He co-authored a book on the concept of normality between psychology and medicine in addition to two papers focused on the critical aspects of contemporary mental health theory and practice.

His research focuses on the emergence of the medical certification of insanity during the second half of the nineteenth century. Taking a transnational perspective, he looks at the diffusion of the so-called “English System of Certification” in several jurisdictions, including Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand.

His graduate studies at the University of Toronto are funded by an Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) Award”.


– Turchi GP & Sposini FM (2016). Al di là del normale e del patologico: Sulle possibilità normative tra medicina e psicologia. [Beyond Normality and Pathology: On the Normative Possibilities on Medicine and Psychology]. Napoli: Edises.

– Turchi GP, Sposini FM, Pasquale G & Romanelli M (2016). Operational and theoretical issues in mental health: Time for challenges? Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy (JCPCP), 16(4), pp. 282-288.

– Turchi GP & Sposini FM (2016). Sulle possibilità normative in psicologia e psichiatria. [On the Normative Possibilities in Psychology and Psychiatry]. Rivista di Psicologia Clinica, 2/2016, pp. 24-40.

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Twitter: @fsposin


Contact Information

  • E-mail address: filippomaria.sposini@mail.utoronto.ca