Jason Harley

Jason Harley
Contact Information
Email address: 
jason.harley [at] mcgill.ca
(514) 934-1934 ext 47233
McGill University
General Surgery
Areas of expertise: 

Dr. Harley completed their FRQSC and SSHRC CGS-funded Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at McGill University in 2014. They held concurrent postdoctoral fellow positions in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Montréal (FRQSC postdoc award) and in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill from 2014-2015 (SSHRC). Before returning to McGill, Dr. Harley was a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta and Director of the Computer-Human Interaction: Technology, Education, and Affect (CHI-TEA) Laboratory (2016-2019). In 2018, they won the Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award sponsored by the Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning (TICL) SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). As a faculty member and principle investigator, their research has been supported by multiple grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Killam Research Foundation, and MITACS. To-date, Dr. Harley’s research productivity includes 36 peer reviewed publications: 14 journal articles, 4 handbook chapters, and 18 refereed conference proceedings. Dr. Harley serves on the editorial board of the journal, Educational Technology Research and Development, as well as on program committees for Intelligent Tutoring Systems and Artificial Intelligence in Education. Their research and teaching have led to appearances in The Guardian, CBC News, Global News, Radio-Canada: Le Téléjournal, CTV News, The Toronto and Edmonton Star, The Edmonton Journal, and other broadcast and print media.

Areas of interest: 

Surgical education, simulations, emotion regulation, burnout, medical technology, team training (e.g., communication, collaboration, leadership). Area of Research: The overall goal of Dr. Harley’s research is to enhance surgical and medical education by applying psychological and educational theories, interdisciplinary research methods, and leveraging advanced technologies. Their research is primarily informed by theories of affective and cognitive regulation in educational and training environments, including their recently published integrated model of emotion regulation in achievement situations.

Methodologically, Dr. Harley’s mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) research draws on both objective (e.g., skin conductance, facial recognition software, eyetracking) and subjective (self-report instruments, semi-structured interviews) measures of emotion and cognition. Their program of research aims to maximize the success of surgical outcomes by reducing adverse events and inefficiencies, especially those associated with the incidence of undesirable and un-regulated emotions and burnout. Dr. Harley also aims to enhance surgical training with emerging technologies, including robotics, AR/VR, AI, and games.

They are currently working to improve health and media literacy by developing educational interventions in a SSHRC-funded research project. These interventions will teach people about media literacy principles and strategies to help them regulate their emotions while consuming health-related information. The project therefore aims to help people make responsible and informed decisions about their health (e.g., choosing surgical procedures and post-operative care) in anxiety-provoking contexts and a time where fake news and misinformation is ubiquitous.


Website: https://www.mcgill.ca/sails-lab

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