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Eloise Ballou, MD

Dr Eloise Ballou is a psychiatrist working in emergency psychiatry in Toronto and as a locum psychiatrist in Thunder Bay. She studied Psychology and Art History as an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, and received her medical degree from the University of Ottawa. She completed her residency at the University of Toronto.

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She was featured on CTV’s “The Social” for Bell Let’s Talk day, answering questions from the general public about common mental health challenges. Through these interventions, she hopes to continue to broaden access to mental health expertise and reduce the stigma around issues that are deeply relevant to most Canadians.

Throughout her training, her knowledge of psychology and art history has informed her medical work. She has done extensive research in the growing field of Narrative Medicine, including curriculum design and educational initiatives using visual art to enhance perception, empathy and clinical skills in medical trainees.

More recently, her interests have focused on teaching non-verbal communication and empathy not only to medical students, but to a broader audience. She developed the website On Faces (www.onfaces.org), which presents the science and art of how people communicate through facial expressions in a visually dynamic and universally relevant way, revealing its impact on individual bias, personality and relationships.

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