Hanna Duffy

Instructor, PhD, RPsyc

PhD - School and Applied Child Psychology

University of Calgary, 2017

MSc - School and Applied Child Psychology

University of Calgary, 2013

BSc - Psychology (Honors)

University of Calgary, 2011

Contact information


Office: 403.220.6756

Web presence



Main Campus : EDT514

Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Educational Psychology
  • School Neuropsychology
  • Psycho-educational Assessment
  • Developmental Psychopathology: ADHD and Disruptive Disorders of Childhood
  • Treatment of Childhood Disorders


Theoretical Orientations:

  • developmental
  • biopsychosocial 


Dr. Hanna Duffy (nee Kubas) completed her undergraduate work in psychology at the University of Calgary. She went on to complete her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. She is also a Registered Psychologist in Alberta. During her graduate training, Dr. Duffy served as the Project Coordinator for a multi-year funded clinical trial examining the impact of medication on cognitive, academic neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and behavioural outcomes in children with ADHD. Prior to joining the Werklund School of Education, Dr. Duffy worked as a psychologist at Rocky View Schools. She also served as the Project Lead of the Attendance Innovation Campaign, implementing a tiered intervention model for chronic absenteeism within the school district.

In her current role as an Instructor in the Werklund School of Education and the Academic Coordinator of the Master of Education in School & Applied Child Psychology program, Dr. Duffy teaches and oversees the administration and delivery of the program. She is a former nationally-ranked competitive swimmer, and proudly represented the University of Calgary Dinos as a varsity athlete. Dr. Duffy lives in Calgary with her husband, baby girl Maya, and big girl pup Winnie.

To learn more about the Master of Education in School and Applied Child Psychology program, visit: https://werklund.ucalgary.ca/graduate-programs/future-students/programs/masters/med-school-applied-child-psychology



Hai, T., Duffy, H. A., Lemay, J. F., Swansburg, R., Climie, E. A., & MacMaster, F. P. (Accepted). Neurochemical correlates of executive function in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Fenwick, M. E., Kubas, H. A., Witzke, J. W., Fitzer, K. R., Miller, D. C., Maricle, D. E., Harrison, G. L., Macoun, S. J., & Hale, J. B. (2015). Neuropsychological profiles of written expression learning disabilities determined by Concordance-Discordance Model criteria. Journal of Applied Neuropsychology – Child. doi:10.1080/21622965.2015.1005486.

Carmichael, J. A., Kubas, H. A., Carlson, H. L., Fitzer, K. R., Wilcox, G., Lemay, J-F., Bray, S., MacMaster, F. P., & Hale, J. B. (2015). Reconsidering “Inattention” in Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder: Implications for neuropsychological assessment and intervention. Journal of Applied Neuropsychology – Child, 4, 97–105. doi:10.1080/21622965.2015.1005481.

Backenson, E. M., Holland, S. C., Kubas, H. A., Fitzer, K. R., Wilcox, G., Carmichael, 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. doi:10.1177/0022219413511861

Kubas, H. A., Drefs, M. A., Poole, J. M., Schmid, A. D., Holland, S. C., & Fiorello, C. A. (2014). Cognitive and academic profiles associated with math disability subtypes. Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 20(1), 31–44.

Hammond, T., Gialloreto, C., Kubas, H., & Davis IV, H. (2013). The prevalence of failure based depression among elite athletes. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 23(4), 273–277. doi:10.1097/JSM.0b013e318287b870

Kubas, H. A., Backenson, E. M., Wilcox, G., Piercy, J. C., & Hale J. B. (2012). The effects of methylphenidate on cognitive functions in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Postgraduate Medicine, 124(5), 33–48. doi:10.3810/pgm.2012.09.2592


Hale, J. B., Semrud-Clikeman, M., & Kubas, H. A. (2014). Best practices in medication treatment for children with emotional and behavior disorders: A primer for school psychologists. In A. Thomas & J. Grimes (Eds.), Best practices in school psychology, VI (pp. 347–360). Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists.

Schneider, A. N., Parker, D. J., Crevier-Quintin, E., Kubas, H. A., & Hale, J. B. (2013). Luria and learning: How neuropsychological theory translates into educational practice. In B. J. Irby, G. Brown, R. Lara-Alecio, & S. Jackson (Eds.), Handbook of educational theories. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Hale, J. B., Hain, L. A., Murphy, R., Cancelliere, G., Bindus, D. L., & Kubas, H. A. (2012). The enigma of specific learning disabilities: A neuropsychological framework for examining learning, behavior, and environment. In C. A. Noggle, & R. S. Dean (Eds.), The Neuropsychology of Psychopathology. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.


Hai, T., Kubas, H. A., Lemay, J. F., Swansburg, R., & MacMaster, F. P. (2018, November). Glutamate and executive functions in children with ADHD following methylphenidate treatment. Junior researcher presentation at the 5th Annual ADHD Research Day – 14th Annual CADDRA ADHD Conference, Calgary, AB.

Hai, T., Kubas, H. A., Lemay, J. F., Swansburg, R. & MacMaster, F. P (2018, March). Investigating the effect of glutamate on executive functions in children with ADHD using magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Oral Presentation at the 31st Annual Sebastian K. Littmann Research Day, Calgary, AB.

Duffy, H. A., McConnell, K., & Pawluk, C. (2018, February). Combating student absenteeism: Enhancing systems to improve educational outcomes. Presentation at the South Western Alberta Teachers’ Convention Association, Lethbridge, AB.

Kubas, H. A., Lemay, J. F., Wilcox, G., & Climie, E. A. (2017, October). Evaluating neuropsychological and behavioural measures of executive functioning in children with ADHD. Junior researcher presentation at the 4th Annual ADHD Research Day – 13th Annual CADDRA ADHD Conference, Quebec City, QC.

McConnell, K., & Kubas, H. A. (2017, February). The brain architecture game: A powerful tool for school psychologists. Practitioner conversation at the National Association of School Psychologists annual convention, San Antonio, TX.

Kubas, H. A., & Lemay, J. F. (2016, September). Measuring executive function deficits in children with ADHD. Paper presentation at the 22nd International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions World Congress (IACAPAP), Calgary, AB.

Kubas, H. A., Carmichael, J. A., Fitzer, K. R., & Hale, J. B. (2015, February). Comparing cognitive and behavioral medication response in children with ADHD. Paper presentation at the National Association of School Psychologists annual convention, Orlando, FL.