Richard Walsh


Now retired, I was a clinical psychologist initially, working in Sault Ste. Marie and Waterloo Region. Then I joined the psychology department at Wilfrid Laurier University. My specialties were the history and philosophy of psychology, community psychology, and the relationship between psychology and religion. I am the lead author of A Critical History and Philosophy of Psychology, Cambridge University Press (2014). As an instructor, I received Laurier’s Outstanding Teacher Award. 

Administratively, I often coordinated the graduate programme in community psychology and I served as advisor to Laurier faculty on employment equity. In the community, I directed school programmes using creative drama to improve peer relations and to prevent violence against women. I also researched the ethics of the professional relationships between mental health professionals and pastors vis-a-vis their clients and congregants.  

My life-partner, Hilary Walsh, and I live in Waterloo. We have four children, six grandchildren, and a canine companion. We are organic gardeners and produce solar power. We are members of a local faith-community in which I sing in the choir and serve as a reader and assisting lay minister. I practice Tai Chi and play the saxophone. 

In the community, I co-founded the Alliance Against Poverty, a local collective of both poor and comfortable people who agitate for ending poverty. As well, I have been deeply involved for decades in local community theatre as an actor and director. My next production is Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People, Nov. 10-12.

Politically, my organizational, leadership, human-relations, and public-speaking skills enabled me to run as a New Democratic Party candidate in the provincial elections of 1999 and 2003 and in the federal elections of 2000, 2004, and 2006. After leaving the New Democrats and seeking to advance the causes of environmental, economic, and social justice and peace, I ran as an independent candidate in the 2011 federal election in Kitchener-Waterloo. In 2014, I joined the Green Party and was the Waterloo candidate in the 2015 federal election.