Johanne Renaud, MD, MSc, FRCPC

Johanne Renaud



6875 Boulevard LaSalle
Montréal, QC
H4H 1R3

 Office:F-3133, Frank B. Common Pavilion

 Office phone: (514) 761-6131 x3301

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Researcher, Douglas Research Centre
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Chief of Psychiatry, Douglas Mental Health University Institute
Associate Chief of Psychiatry, CIUSSS ODIM
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

Lab name: Youth suicide and suicidal behaviours

Theme-Based Group: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide
Division: Clinical Research


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 (then Standard Life) Senior Fellow in Teen Mental Health; as such, she chairs the 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.

Visit the Douglas Youth Depression Clinic website


Klerman Prize Honorable Mention
The Klerman Prize Honorable Mention honors exceptional clinical research by a NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee.

NARSAD Young Investigator Award
She receives the 2008 NARSAD Young Investigator Award for her works on Patterns and trajectories of suicide attempters in terms of the utilization of health care services. The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) created the Young Investigator Award to help the most promising scientists who are now entering research to generate pilot data necessary for larger grants.

Distinction 2002, Montreal Youth Centres, Community Joint Intervention
This distinction is presented by the Association des Centres jeunesse du Québec.

Consoli A., Cohen D., Bodeau N., Guilé J.M., Mirkovic B., Knafo A., Mahé V., Laurent C., Renaud J., Labelle R., Breton J.J., Gérardin P. (2015). Risk and Protective Factors for Suicidality at 6-Month Follow-up in Adolescent Inpatients Who Attempted Suicide: An Exploratory Model, Can J Psychiatry, 60(2 Suppl 1), S-27-S36.

Knafo A., Guilé J.M., Breton J.J., Labelle R., Belloncle V., Bodeau N., Boudailliez B., Garny de la Rivière S., Kharij B., Mille C., Mirkovic B., Pripis C., Renaud J., Vervel C., Cohen D., Gérardin P. (2015). Coping Strategies Associated With Suicidal Behaviour in Adolescent Inpatients With Borderline Personality Disorder, Can J Psychiatry, 60(2 Suppl 1), S46-S54.

Mbekou V., MacNeil S., Gignac M., Renaud J. (2015). Parent–Youth Agreement on Self-Reported Competencies of Youth With Depressive and Suicidal Symptoms, Can J Psychiatry, 60(2 Suppl 1), S55-S60.

Tourian L., LeBoeuf A., Breton J.J., Cohen D., Gignac M., Labelle R., Guile J.M., Renaud J. (2015). Treatment Options for the Cardinal Symptoms of Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder – , J Can Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 24(1), 41-54. En savoir plus.