University of Calgary

Harriet Johnston

  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor


Dr. Johnston was born in Toronto. She is married and has two sons. Dr. Johnston came to the University of Calgary in 1992 to pursue an MEd in School Psychology. Licensed as a Registered Psychologist since 1997, she has worked for community agencies, school boards, and private practice in Calgary. With a desire to specialize in neuropsychology, she completed an MSc in Neuropsychology (Edinburgh) a PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience (St Andrews) and a postdoctoral position in School Neuropsychology (Calgary). Coming full circle, Dr. Johnston has now returned to the Werklund School of Education as a Clinical Supervisor with the Integrated Services in Education clinic and has a small private practice (Cowtown Psychology).

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Johnston continues to collaborate with researchers in child and adult neuropsychology.


PhD Psychology and Neuroscience
University of St Andrews, Scotland

MSc Human Cognitive Neuropsychology
University of Edinburgh, Scotland

MEd School and Community Psychology
University of Calgary, Alberta

BA (Hons) Psychology
University of Ottawa, Ontario

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Johnston is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists since 1997 and member of professional associations in psychology at the provincial, national, and international level. She previously served as a board member with the Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA) and most recently served as a member of the PAA Continuing Education Committee. She is currently a Public Member on the Council for the Alberta College of Paramedics.


Cavallo, M., Zanalda, E., Johnston, H., Bonansea, A., & Angilletta, C. (2016). Cognitive training in a large group of patients affected by early-stage Alzheimer’s Disease can have long-lasting effects: A case-control study. Brain Impairment, 1-11.

Ortiz, S. O., Johnston, H. N., Wilcox, G., Francis, S. L., & Tomes, Y. I. (2014). The primacy of IQ subtest analysis to understand reading performance in culturally diverse groups. Learning Disability: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 20(1).

Borghi, M., Cavallo, M., Carletto, S., Ostacoli, L., Zuffranieri, M., Picci, R. L., Scavelli, F., Johnston, H., Furlan, P. M., Bertolotto, A., Malucchi, S. (2013). Presence and significant determinants of cognitive impairment in a large sample of patients with multiple sclerosis. PLOS ONE, 8, 1-9.

Johnston, H., McCrimmon, R., Petrie, J., & Astell, A. (2010). An estimate of lifetime cognitive change and its relationship with diabetes health in older adults with type 1 diabetes: Preliminary results. Behavioural Neurology, 23 (4), 165-167.


  • Anonymous Trust Research Award, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee, UK
  • Scottish Imaging Network : A Platform for Scientific Excellence (SINAPSE) PhD Studentship
  • University of Edinburgh International Master’s Scholarship
  • University of Calgary, Robert M.S. Owen Scholarship Award

Media Work

  • Johnston, H.N. & Johnson R. C. Ask a School Psychologist - Are There Brain-Based Games That can Strengthen How my Child Thinks and Learns? Calgary’s Child
  • Johnston, HN & Johnson RC. Ask a School Psychologist - Academics + Art = Balance. Calgary’s Child
  • Johnston, HN & Johnson RC. Ask a School Psychologist – Transition Planning. Calgary’s Child
Photograph of Harriet Johnston

Curriculum Vitae

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