University of Calgary

Erica Makarenko

  • Director - Integrated Services in Education


Erica Makarenko grew up in southern New Jersey and completed her undergraduate work at St. Joseph’s Unviersity in Philadelphia. She went on to complete a Master of Arts degree in School Psychology and an advanced degree as an Educational Specialist from Rowan University in New Jersey. After completing her first two graduate degrees, Dr. Makarenko worked as a School Psychologist for the Greenwich Township School District in New Jersey and the Brandywine School District in Delaware before undertaking her doctoral work. She completed her Doctor of Psychology degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012 with a specialization in School Neuropsychology.

Dr. Makarenko came to the University of Calgary in 2012 to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in School Neuropsychology with the Werklund School of Education. In her role as a postdoc in the BrainGain Laboratory, Erica was responsible for identifying and serving children with multiple learning disability subtypes, teaching, research, and service delivery in the School and Applied Child Psychology program and in the University of Calgary’s Integrated Services in Education clinic (formerly UCAPES).

Upon completing her postdoc in 2013, Erica continued to teach in the School & Applied Child Psychology program as an instructor. From 2013 until recently, Dr. Makarenko worked as the Director of Instructional Impact for the James Chaput Centre for Educational Research Applications in Calgary, where she collaborated with a team of professionals to develop and pilot 21st century learning tools and academic programming.

In her new role as an Instructor in the Werklund School of Education and the Academic Coordinator of both the Master of Education in School & Applied Child Psychology program and the Master of Counselling program, Dr. Makarenko is responsible for overseeing the administration and delivery of these programs as well as supporting students in the programs. Dr. Makarenko is married and lives in Calgary with her husband, Dustin, and step-daughter, Leanne.


Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Educational Specialist
Rowan University

Master of Arts
Rowan University

Bachelor of Science
St. Joseph’s University


Makarenko, E. M. & Andrews, J. J. W. (2017). An empirical review of the mental health and wellbeing of online instructors. Journal of Educational Thought, 50(2&3), 182-198.

Backenson, E. M., Holland, S. C., Kubas, H. A., Fitzer, K. R., Wilcox, G., Carmicheal, J. A., Fraccaro, R. L., Smith, A. D., Macoun, S. J., Harrison, G. L., & Hale, J. B. (2015). Psychosocial and adaptive deficits associated with learning disability subtypes. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 48(5), 511-522.

Wright, P. W. D., Hale, J. B., Backenson, E. M., Eusebio, E. C., & Dixon, S. G. (January 2013). Forest Grove vs. T.A. Rejoiner to Zirkel: An attempt to profit from malfeasance?. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 31(3), 317-324.

Kubas, H. A., Backenson, E. M., Wilcox, G., Piercy, J. C., Parker, D. J., & Hale, J. B. (2012). The effects of methylphenidate on cognitive function in children with attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Postgraduate Medicine, 124(5), 33-48.

Photograph of Erica Makarenko

Curriculum Vitae

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