University of Calgary

Emma Climie

  • Assistant Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Emma Climie first became interested in child development during her undergraduate work at the University of Victoria. She then moved to Calgary to complete her Master's degree in Cognition and Cognitive Development in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary before moving into the Faculty of Education for her Doctoral work. She joined the Faculty as an assistant professor in 2011.


PhD - School and Applied Child Psychology (2012)
University of Calgary

MSc - Cognition and Cognitive Development (2008)
University of Calgary

BA (Hons) - Psychology (2004)
University of Victoria

Research & Scholarly Activity


Dr. Climie is the principal investigator of the Strengths in ADHD research lab.  Her research focuses on children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), resilience, children's mental health and mental well-being, school-based intervention, and strengths-based assessment. In particular, she is interested in better understanding the areas in which children are successful and using these areas of strength to support areas of deficit. 

The Strengths project examines the abilities of children with ADHD, focusing on factors that promote positive outcomes and allow these children to be successful at home, at school, and with peers.  This large scale project includes children and families with ADHD and is supported by ACCFCR.

The SPARK for Learning project examines the impact of daily physical exercise on the cognitive, behavioural, and social-emotional well-being of children with ADHD and/or learning disabilities.  This project incorporates school-based intervention and is supported by AACES.


Dr. Climie is also the academic coordinator for two graduate-level certificate programs:

Grants & Awards

  • Lead Researcher - Carlson Family Research Award in ADHD
  • Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies (AACES); SPARK for Learning: Effects of Daily Physical Activity on the Self-esteem, Executive Functioning, and Attention of Children with ADHD ($5999.00) – May 2012-May2014 (Primary Investigator)

  • Vice President (Research) – University of Calgary Faculty Starter Grants; Building Resilience in At-Risk Children ($5000) – September 2012-December 2013 (Primary Investigator)

  •  Alberta Center for Community, Family, and Child Research (ACCFCR); Socio-emotional Resilience in Children with ADHD ($34,833) – March, 2010 – December, 2012 (Co-investigator)

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Scholarship (2008-2011)


Saklofske, D.H., Joyce, D., Sulkowski, M., & Climie, E.A. (in press). Personality assessment of children. In D. Saklofske, et al. (Eds). The Oxford Handbook of Psychological Assessment of Children and Adolescents.  Oxford University Press.

Climie, E.A., Mastoras, S. M., McCrimmon, A.W., & Schwean, V.L. (2012). Resilience in Childhood Disorders. In S. Prince-Embry (Ed.). Translating Resiliency Theory for Children, Adolescents and Adults. Springer, New York: NY.

Climie, E.A. (2012). Moving from deficit to strength in ADHD. Integrating Science and Practice, 1(3), 9.

Mastoras, S., Climie, E., McCrimmon, A., & Schwean, V. (2011). A C.L.E.A.R. approach to report writing: A framework for improving the efficacy of psychoeducational reports. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 26 (2), 127-147. DOI 10.1177/0829573511409722

Pexman, P. M., Rostad, K. R., McMorris, C. A., Climie, E. A., Stowkowy, J., & Glenwright, M. R. (2011). Processing of ironic language in children with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 1097-1112.

McCrimmon, A.W. & Climie E.A. (2011). Review of Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – 3rd edition. Canadian Journal of School Psychology. 26 (2), 148-156.

Climie, E., & Pexman, P. (2008).  Eye gaze provides a window on children's understanding of verbal irony.  Journal of Cognition and Development, 9, 257-285.

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Climie is a member of a number of professional organizations associated with psychology, child development, school psychology, and ADHD.

  • College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)
  • Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)
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