Our Team

Lab Director

Dr. Jason M. Harley

Assistant Professor

Dr. Jason M. Harley is an assistant professor of educational psychology and technology and the Director of the Computer-Human Interaction: Technology, Education, and Affect (CHI-TEA) Laboratory at the University of Alberta. Their primary area of research is the application of psychology to educational and technology-rich contexts. Dr. Harley's research has examined cognitive and emotional processes in intelligent tutoring systems (A.I. in education), simulations, games, and mobile apps. Emotion regulation, human-computer interaction, physiological measures of emotion, self- and co-regulated learning, media literacy, LGBTQ+ issues in education, and academic-industry R&D collaborations figure prominently into Dr. Harley’s research interests. Their research and teaching have led to appearances on CBC News, Global News, CTV News, Radio-Canada: Le Téléjournal, and the Edmonton Journal, amongst other media outlets. Dr. Harley is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Early Career Researcher Award administered by the Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning (TICL) SIG of the American Educational Research Association and a co-recipient of the 2017 TICL Outstanding International Research Collaboration Award for the LEADS project.


Email: jharley1@ualberta.ca

U. of Alberta Faculty of Education Profile

Research Social Media: Google Scholar; Research gate; @JasonHarley07

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Yang Liu

Dr. Yang Liu has been a postdoctoral fellow in the CHI-TEA lab since June 2017. He received his PhD from the Department of Psychology at the U of A, and has a background in behavioural and cognitive psychology. He is expanding his skills to human-computer interaction, mobile apps, and software usability with the CHI-TEA lab. Dr. Liu has been involved in a wide range of activities ranging from helping to develop experimental protocols, to app development, and data analytics.

Current Students

Tony Ahn

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Tony is a masters student in educational psychology, specialization in technology. He has been with the lab since 2016 as an undergraduate research assistant. His research interests include advanced learning technologies and user experience design. Some of Tony's hobbies include learning about industrial design, reading non-fiction psychology books, and watching documentaries.

Chayse Haldane

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Chayse is finishing the second year of her Masters in Education - Counselling psychology and starting doctoral studies in the fall. She has been working in the CHI-TEA lab since fall 2016 as a graduate research assistant. She is currently working on the Edmonton Queer History Project and the McGill History project within the lab and her thesis is a qualitative study on LGBTQ+ rights. Her research interests are diverse, but include social justice, vulnerable populations, and self-compassion.

Kayla Lucas

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Kayla Lucas joined the CHI-TEA lab as a research assistant in June 2017 and is currently completing her Masters of Education in Counselling. She helped gather media for the creation of the Edmonton Queer History app, as well as facilitated experiments. Her research interests encompass the utility of self-compassion interventions in helping children and adolescents heal from sexual abuse. After her Masters, she hopes to provide psychological services and animal-assisted therapy to children and adolescents.

Brea McLaughlin

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Brea McLaughlin is a graduate student completing her Masters in Counselling Psychology (thesis-based) through the Faculty of Education at the U of A. Her thesis research combines her interests in compassion, sport psychology, and mental wellness. A member of the Chi-Tea Lab team for nearly 1.5 years, Brea is working on two ongoing projects that focus on historical reasoning in study participants by way of interactions with educational applications accessible on a mobile device.

Andrea Whittaker

Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

Andrea is currently in the General Sciences Program and will complete her double major in Computing Science and Psychology at the end of the 2018 Winter term 2018. She started working in the lab as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in September 2016. During her time in the lab, she has assisted with developing the Edmonton Queer History App in numerous ways, including conducting literature reviews and editing media. She will be continuing her education at the University of Alberta by pursuing a Master of Science degree in Computing Science, which will give her the opportunity to expand her research interests in human-computer interaction, climate change, deep learning, or possibly something she has not discovered yet.