Johanne Renaud, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Chiefof-Psychiatry, Douglas Mental Health University Institute

Researcher, Douglas Research Centre

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Associate Chief-of-Psychiatry, CIUSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal

Manulife Senior Fellow in Teen Mental Health


Expertise: Youth suicide and suicidal behaviours, depressive disorders, health services, childhood, adolescence


Youth suicide and suicidal behaviours are pervasive problems in our society. In her role as researcher, Johanne Renaud, MD, MSc, FRCPC, strives to improve preventative and treatment measures by implementing research protocols on innovative interventions for depressed youth and their families. This includes research into mental health services and interventions for youth at risk of suicide. She published the first Canadian psychological autopsy study on the topic of completed suicide in youth under 18 years of age. She has also been an expert witness on youth suicide for the Canadian government. In 2003, Johanne Renaud joined the McGill Group for Suicide Studies at the Douglas Institute. in 2011, she was nominated Manulife Senior Fellow in Teen Mental Health; as such, she chairs the Manulife Centre for Breakthroughs in Teen Depression and Suicide Prevention.

As a clinician, Johanne Renaud holds the title of medical chief for the youth section of the Douglas Institute’s Depressive Disorders Program—a surspecialized service for children and adults suffering from major depression, suicidal ideation or behaviour, or pathological bereavement.

In terms of teaching in the fields of medicine and psychiatry, Johanne Renaud oversees the post-graduate training program for child psychiatry of the Douglas Institute for the McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine. This program is intended for residents wishing to specialize in this area. She offers clinical training rotations for pre-graduate medical students (PGY-I and II), and for students in family medicine and paediatrics. This helps students to develop clinical skills and become familiar with the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition, Johanne Renaud supervises master’s, doctoral, and post-doctoral students wishing to complete studies in this area.