Dr. Susanne Lajoie

Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University

SUSANNE LAJOIE MA, Ph.D., is an Educational Psychologist, a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and an Associate Member of the Institute of Health Sciences Education. She received her Doctorate from Stanford University in 1986 and is a Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Advanced Technologies for Learning in Authentic Settings in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Psychological Association as well as the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She received the ACFAS Thérèse Gouin-Décarie Prize for Social Sciences along with the AERA-TICL Outstanding International Research Collaboration Award. Dr. Lajoie directs the Learning Environments Across Disciplines partnership grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada. She explores how theories of learning and affect can be used to guide the design of advanced technology rich learning environments in different domains, i.e. medicine, mathematics, history, etc. She uses a cognitive approach to identify learning trajectories that help novice learners become more skilled in the areas of science, statistics, and medicine. She presented her research worldwide including Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Mexico, the UK and the Ukraine. She has numerous publications including two volumes on Computers as Cognitive tools published by Erlbaum. These volumes have highlighted the necessity for theory-driven design of technologies for education and training.