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Updated: Fri, 07/12/2024 - 12:16

McGill Alert. The downtown campus will remain partially closed through the evening of Monday, July 15. See the Campus Safety site for details.

Alerte de McGill. Le campus du centre-ville restera partiellement fermé jusqu’au lundi 15 juillet, en soirée. Complément d’information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention

Dr. Tasmia Hai

Assistant Professor
Dr. Tasmia Hai
Contact Information
Email address: 
tasmia.hai [at]
Alternate phone: 

Education Building 
3700 rue McTavish 
Montréal, Quebec H3A 1Y2 

Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP)
Areas of expertise: 
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • ADHD
  • Executive functions
  • Structural MRI
  • Learning disability
  • Immigrant and newcomer families
Current research: 
  • Biomechanics, Neuroscience & Physiology
  • Mental Health, Intervention & Psychopathology
  • Developmental Psychology & Inclusive Education
  • Diversity, Identity & Indigenous Topics

Dr. Tasmia Hai is a school and clinical psychologist with a background in child and adolescent psychology. She holds a Ph.D. in School and Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Alberta, where her dissertation focused on exploring the relationships between subcortical volume and executive functions in children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Her research encompasses the neurobiological underpinnings of different neurodevelopmental disorder including ADHD. Dr. Hai's work has been recognized through a multitude of awards and grants, ranging from SSHRC Fellowships to Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarships. Her involvement in professional organizations, such as the Canadian Psychological Association and the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA), highlights her dedication to the advancement of psychological research and practice. In addition to her research pursuits, Dr. Hai is an active educator, having taught courses related to developmental psychopathology and educational assessment. For her clinical training, Dr. Hai has worked at hospitals, community agencies and school boards in Alberta and Ontario.

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), University of Manitoba, MB, Canada
  • Ph.D., School and Clinical Child Psychology, University of Alberta, AB, Canada
  • M.Sc., School and Applied Child Psychology, University of Calgary, AB, Canada
  • M.Ed. Teaching, Learning and Development, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
  • B.Sc., Psychology and Human Biology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada


Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Healthy Brain Healthy Lives New Recruit Start-Up Supplement
  • SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship- $90,000 (declined)
  • DIVERT Mental Health Fellow
  • Research Manitoba Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2022 Society of Biological Psychiatry Predoctoral Scholars Travel Fellowship Award


Selected publications: 
  • Educational and School Psychology Advocacy Group on behalf of Canadian Psychological Association (2022). Mental Health Care for Canadian Children and Youth: The Role of School Psychologists.
  • Hai, T., Swansburg, R., Kahl, C.K., Frank, H., Stone, K.D., Lemay, J-F & MacMaster, F. P. Right Superior Frontal Gyrus Cortical Thickness in Pediatric Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Journal of Attention Disorders. Retrieved from
  • Hai, T. & Climie, E. A. (2021). Positive Child Personality Factors in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Attention Disorders. Retrieved from
  • Hai, T., Swansburg, R., MacMaster, F. P. & Lemay, J-F (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on Educational Services in Canadian Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Frontiers in Education. Retrieved from
  • Hai, T., Swansburg, R., Kahl, C.K., Frank, H., Lemay, J-F & MacMaster, F. P. (2020). Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of GABA and Glutamate in Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (2020). JAMA Open Network. 3(10).
  • Hai, T., Kubas, H., Lemay, J.F., Swansburg, R., Climie. E. A. & MacMaster, F. P. (2020) Neurochemical correlates of Executive Functions in children with ADHD. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 29 (1), 15-25.



School/Applied Child Psychology

Graduate supervision: 

Taking new students during the upcoming application period: PhD Students, Masters Students

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