Dr. Suzanne Filion
Dr. Filion is an experienced clinical psychologist, keynote speaker, and change leader with an ardent commitment to public service. She obtained her master’s degree in Educational Counselling from the University of Ottawa, and her PhD in Psychology (Research and Intervention) from the Université de Montréal. Dr. Filion also holds a Mental Health Law certificate from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and a Senior Leadership certificate from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Sue (as she is affectionately called) has created and deployed over 15 community programs in mental health in order to improve the lives of those in need. Currently, she holds the position of Vice-President of Development and Integration at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital. She is also President and CEO of her own private practice (FILION Psychology Professional Corporation) where she provides services in consultation, training and keynote speaking. Dr. Sue specializes in complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Previous to her career as a psychologist, she was a high school teacher. Still enjoying pedagogy, Dr. Filion has tought at Saint-Paul University and Ottawa University and currently trains psychotherapists, first responders and care providers across Canada.
Dr. Sue knows firsthand what mental illness is all about, both as a caregiver and as a person with lived experience. Throughout most of her life, her mother suffered from severe depression and chronic anxiety. Her brother also suffered from a lifetime of addictions. She was both her mother’s and her brother’s caregiver. Sadly, they both passed away in 2015, her mother at 78 years of age from medical complications due to an infection, and her brother at the age of 55 from a cardiac arrest. Dr. Sue herself suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her first child. “No wonder, she claims, that psychology has been a passion of mine since my youth. I need to understand, and want to help individuals and communities in general.” In 2018, Dr. Sue is one of 14 leaders in Ontario nominated to sit on the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine. Also, she is the recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public or Community Service.
Dr. Sue enjoys the outdoors, trekking in the mountains, hiking and biking. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their children, four young adults who make them very proud… and, let’s not forget Axel, simply the best dog in the world!