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Assistant Professor, Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Professor Jason M. Harley, PhD is an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill and a Scientist at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC). They are also the Director of Research at the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning, Director of the Simulation, Affect, Innovation, Learning, and Surgery (SAILS) Lab, and an Associate Member of the Institute for Health Sciences Education (IHSE) and Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Prof. Harley completed their FRQSC and SSHRC CGS-funded Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at McGill University in 2014. They held an FRQSC-funded postdoctoral position in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Montréal from 2014-2015 before joining the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta as an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and Technology (tenure-track) from 2016-2019. In 2018, they won the Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award sponsored by the Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning (TICL) SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

The overarching goal of Dr. Harley’s research program is to support the current and future well-being and clinical performance of healthcare trainees through innovative educational interventions, leveraging interactive simulations and emerging technologies. Their research has attracted over 1 million dollars of funding (as PI) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Killam Foundation, Mitacs, the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity, and others. Dr. Harley serves on the editorial boards of the journals, Learning & Instruction (IF = 5.1) and Educational Technology Research and Development (IF = 3.6), as well as on program committees for conferences such as Artificial Intelligence in Education. Their research has led to dozens of broadcast and print interviews in venues such as The Guardian, CBC News, The Globe and Mail, Global News, CTV News and the Montreal Gazette.


  • 2019–present
    Assistant Professor, McGill
  • 2016–2019
    Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
  • 2015–2016
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Montreal