Angela M. Filipe

Angela Marques Filipe is a sociologist of science, health, and medicine working at the intersection of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, and critical public health. She is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in Childhood, Health, and Society at McGill University where she has been developing a new program of research on early adversity, developmental health, and emerging frameworks of risk trajectories.

Funded by British, Canadian, European, and Portuguese agencies, her interdisciplinary work has involved international collaborations with various scientific, clinical, and local communities along two main streams of research: (i) social and global dimensions of childhood neurodisability and diversity, diagnostic systems, and care practices and (ii) dynamics of knowledge production/translation and public participation in health care and biomedical research.

Prior to joining McGill, Angela studied for her Ph.D. at the London School of Economics and at King’s College London, UK, under the supervision of Professors Ilina Singh and Nikolas Rose. Drawing on clinical ethnography, archival research, and media and visual analysis, her doctoral research explored how clinicians, alongside school-aged children and their families, make sense of the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and psychostimulant drug treatments in Portugal and in a global perspective. She is also the co-lead editor of Global Perspectives on ADHD: Social Dimensions of Diagnosis and Treatment in Sixteen Countries published in 2018 with Johns Hopkins University Press. For these contributions, she was awarded the 2018 Prix Relève étoile Paul-Gérin-Lajoie (Rising Star Award) by Fonds de Recherche du Québec – société et culture and the 2015 Elsevier Prize for Outstanding PhD Thesis.

Angela has also held research fellowships at the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, working in collaboration with the Centre de sociologie de l’innovation, Mines-ParisTech, France, and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she also contributed to teaching and seminar leading as well as student mentorship. With a strong commitment to academic citizenship and outreach, Angela has also been a regular reviewer for over a dozen journals in her field and a rapporteur in community engagement and policy uptake initiatives, in addition to several other advisory, editorial, and scientific reviewing roles.

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Situating suicide risk: An inquiry into the production of the lives and afterlives of neurobiological vulnerability. Stephanie Lloyd (PI), Angela M. Filipe, Eugene Raikhel, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Delphine Collin-Vézina, Gustavo Turecki, Naguib Mechawar, Marie-Claude Geoffroy, Pierre-Éric Lutz (co-investigators), Alexandre Larivée (collaborator). Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2019–2024.

Biosocial Birth Cohort Research: A Cross-Disciplinary Network. Sahra Gibbon (PI), Amber Benezra, Michelle Kelly-Irving, Angela M. Filipe, Silvia Stringhini, Elizabeth Roberts, Silvia Fraga, Martha MTéllez-Rojo, Nina Hallowell, Martine Lappé, Michelle Pentecost, Janelle Lamoureaux, Yvonne Kelly, Susana Silva, Arachu Castro, Barbara Prainsack (collaborators). Wellcome Trust, Social Sciences and Humanities, 2019–2021.

Integrated Navigational Supports for Children with Neurodevelopmental disabilities and their Families. David Nicholas, Lucy Lach (Co-PIs), Angela M. Filipe (collaborator), et al. with various academic and community partners across Canada. Kids Brain Health Network and Azrieli Foundation, 2019–2021.

Conceiving ADHD: Diagnosis and Clinical Practice in Portugal, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology, and Higher Education, with additional awards from the Faculty of Social and Science & Public Policy, King's College London and the Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness, 2010–2015.

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