Emma Climie

Director of Internships

Associate Professor, PhD, RPsyc

PhD - School and Applied Child Psychology

University of Calgary, 2012

MSc - Cognition and Cognitive Development

University of Calgary, 2008

BA (Hons) - Psychology

University of Victoria, 2004

Contact information


Office: 403.220.7770

Web presence

AD/HD Kids


Main Campus : EDT512

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Developmental psychopathology: AD/HD and disruptive disorders of childhood
  • Resilience
  • Developmental wellness and resiliency
  • School-based prevention programs
  • Treatment of childhood disorders
  • Cognitive developmental psychology
  • Psycho-educational assessment
  • Cognitive science
  • Child and youth mental health
  • Collaborative, school-based research


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 Knowledge and Stigma project examines the levels of ADHD knowledge of parents, children, and other professionals as well as perceived stigma associated with the disorder.  Specifically, we are interested in understanding how knowledge and stigma may impact social-emotional wellbeing, bullying/victimization, and classroom performance.

Changing Stigma in ADHD: This project builds from the Knowledge and Stigma project, where we are now looking at ways in which we may impact perceptions of stigma for those with ADHD.  More specifically, we are interested in exploring aspects of internal and external stigma and determining the impact of experience (i.e., knowing someone with ADHD) and education (i.e., having a better understanding of the disorder) on stigma reduction.

Cognitive Development in ADHD: This project explores factors related to the development of cognition in children with ADHD, including theory of mind, executive function, emotional intelligence, social skills, and other social-emotional well-being indicators.  We are interested in better understand the development of key cognitive factors that may promote social and emotional success.


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:

Theoretical Orientations:

  • developmental
  • biopsychosocial 


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 Werklund School of Education as an assistant professor in 2011 and completed her R.Psych registration with the College of Alberta Psychologists in 2013.

Dr. Climie is the director of the Strengths in ADHD research lab (www.ucalgary.ca/adhdkids) and the Lead Researcher for the Carlson Family Research award in ADHD.  She takes a strengths-based approach to working with children and believes that all children have areas of ability that can be used to support areas of difficulty. 

Dr. Climie typically supervises graduate and undergraduate students who have an interest in understanding children from a strengths-based perspective, ideally with a focus on children with ADHD.  She takes new graduate students most years and expects these students to join the collaborative work ongoing in the lab.

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)



Montgomery, J., McCrimmon, A.W., Climie, E.A., & Ward, M. (submitted; contracted). Emotional Intelligence in Schools. In D. Saklofske, J. Parker, and K. Keefer (Eds.). Handbook of Emotional Intelligence in Education. Springer, New York: NY.

Climie, E.A. & Deen, M. (2015). "SPARK for Learning": Using School-Based Interventions to Build Resilience in At-Risk Youth. In S. Prince-Embry & D.H. Saklofske (Eds.). Resilience Enhancement: a Casebook of Interventions from Diverse Perspectives (pp. 397-421). Springer, New York: NY.

McCrimmon, A.W., Climie, E.A., & Saklofske, D.H. (2015). Intelligence: Assessments of. In: James D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, 12. Oxford: Elsevier. pp. 283–289.

Climie, E.A., Mastoras, S. M., McCrimmon, A.W. & Schwean, V.L. (2013). Resilience in Childhood Disorders. In S. Prince-Embry & D.H. Saklofske (Eds.). Translating Resiliency Theory for Children, Adolescents and Adults pp. 113-138. Springer, New York: NY.



Climie, E.A., Saklofske, D.H., Mastoras, S.M., & Schwean, V.L. (in press; online first). Trait and ability emotional intelligence in children with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders. http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/iry6Wi4KfPzgyVbwQxFM/full

Mastoras, S.M., Saklofske, D.H., Schwean, V.L., & Climie, E.A. (in press; online first). Social support in children with ADHD: Exploring resilience in an at-risk population. Journal of Attention Disorders. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1087054715611491

Climie, E.A., Mah, J.W.T., & Chase, C.(2017).Clinical reasoning in the assessment and intervention planning of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 32(1), 31-45.

Climie, E. A., & Mitchell, K. (2017). Parent–child relationship and behavior problems in children with ADHD. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities, 63(1), 27-35.

Gray, C., & Climie, E.A. (2016). Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Reading Disability: A review of the efficacy of medication treatments. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1-6.

Climie, E.A., & Henley, L. (2016). A Renewed Focus on Strengths-Based Assessment in Schools. British Journal of Special Education 43 (2), 108-121.

Climie, E.A., & Mastoras, S.M. (2015). ADHD in schools: Adopting a strengths-based perspective.  Canadian Psychology 56 (1), 295-300.

Climie, E.A. (2015). Canadian children’s mental health: Building capacity in school-based intervention.  Intervention in School and Clinic, 51(2), 122-125.



Carlson Family Research Award in ADHD

SSHRC Insight Development Grant Enhancement Grant, University of Calgary

Understanding the Impact of Knowledge and Stigma on Children with ADHD ($4000) – August 2017-August 2018 (Primary Investigator, with co-PI Dr. Alan McLuckie)

Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies (AACES)

Teacher Strengths: Understanding Psychological Attributes and Skills in Teachers ($5,650) – May 2017-May 2019 (Primary Investigator)

Campus Mental Health Strategy Grant, University of Calgary

ADHD Skills: Building Capacity in Students with ADHD ($9,350) – September 2017-Sept 2018 (Primary Investigator)

Owerko Postdoctoral Fellowship

Precursors of ADHD: Child, Family and Environmental Predictors; funding to support a post-doctoral fellow with co-supervisors Drs. Nicole Letourneau and Deborah Dewey


University Research Grants Committee - University of Calgary

Knowledge is Power: Student, Parent, and Child Understanding of ADHD ($13,191) – August 2014-August 2016 (Primary Investigator)

 Vice President (Research) – University of Calgary Faculty Starter Grants

Building Resilience in At-Risk Children ($5,000) – September 2012-August 2014 (Primary Investigator)

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 ($5,999) – May 2012-May 2014 (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)