Ian_avatarDr. Manion is a clinical psychologist and scientist-practitioner who has worked with children, youth and families for over 30 years.  He is a clinical professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He is the Executive Director for the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health.  He serves as the Inaugural Co-Chair of the National Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health Consortium and the Principal Lead for the National School-Based Mental Health and Substance Use Consortium.

Dr. Manion is actively involved in research on parent/child interactions, mental health promotion, youth depression and suicide.  He is a committed advocate for child and youth mental health sitting on local, provincial, national and international boards and committees.  Dr. Manion is co-founder of Youth Net/ Réseau Ado, a bilingual community-based mental health promotion program with satellites across Canada as well as in Europe.  This program strives to understand the mental health issues facing young men and women, and to better address these issues with sensitivity to gender, age, culture, and geography.