Susanne P. Lajoie, FRSC

Canadian Research Chair Tier 1, Advanced Technologies for Learning Authentic Settings

Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Ph.D. (Educational Psychology), Stanford University, 1986
M.A. (Educational Psychology), McGill University, 1980
B.A. (Psychology), McGill University, 1978



Professor Susanne Lajoie is a Tier 1 Canadian Research Chair in Advanced Technologies for Learning in Authentic Settings in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and a member of the Institute for Health Sciences Education at McGill University. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, as well as the American Psychological Association and 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 Counsel 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. These environments serve as research platforms to study student engagement and problem solving in authentic settings. She uses a cognitive approach to identify learning trajectories that help novice learners become more skilled in specific areas and designs computer tools to enhance self-regulation, memory, and domain-specific learning.

Research Interests

Dr. Lajoie has engaged in a wide array of innovative research and scholarly activities where she applies cognitive theories to education and training in multiple domains involving diverse learner populations:

  • The design and evaluation of intelligent tutoring systems for classroom and real-world applications
  • Computer-based learning and dynamic assessment in mathematics and science
  • Medical education and informatics
  • Cognition and instruction
  • Individual differences


Awards and Distinctions


Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


Renewed Canadian Research Chair Tier 1 in Advanced Technologies for Learning in Authentic Settings


Workshop invitee to NSF funded project on Convergence Human Technology Frontier: Workshop on Convergence Research about Multimodal Human Learning Data during Human-Machine Interactions (CMMI #1744351)


Outstanding International Research Collaboration Award from the Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning SIG of the American Educational Research Association


Wyng Foundation Distinguished Lecturer


Nominated by McGill for the SSHRC Impact Partnership Award


Advisory Board, University of Mainz-Gutenberg, Advisory Board, University of Mainz-Gutenberg: Cluster of Excellence Consultation: Enablers and inhibitors of 21st century knowledge and skills in a transitional globalized information society Positive learning in higher education in the Information Age


Advisory Board, Collaborative Research: Big Data from Small Groups: Learning Analytics and Adaptive Support in Game-based Collaborative Learning, National Science Foundation Grant.

Link to Dr. Lajoie's Google Scholar page

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