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Dr. Susanne P. Lajoie


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


Professor Susanne Lajoie received her Doctorate from Stanford University in 1986. She is a Canadian 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 American Psychological Association, appointed for her outstanding contributions to the field of Psychology as well as an Inaugural Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Lajoie is a recipient of the McGill Carrie Derick Award for graduate supervision and teaching. Dr. Lajoie has engaged in a wide array of innovative research and scholarly activities where she designs technology rich learning environments for educational and professional practices. 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 has designed effective computer based learning environments in these domains based on her research findings. She has been invited to present 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 2 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.

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


  • ATLAS (Advanced Technologies for Learning in Authentic Settings)
  • McGill Centre for Medical Education
  • G.R.I.T.I. (Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en Tutoriels Intelligents)