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Jean-Paul Boudreau




PhD, Tufts University


Office of Social Innovation, 1 Dundas St. W. 11th floor



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Keywords: infancy; cognition; development; motor; attention; neuromotor disorders

Dr. Boudreau serves Ryerson University as Special Advisor & Executive Lead, Social Innovation. He continues to supervise and consider prospective graduate students.

I completed my doctoral studies in developmental psychology at Tufts University in Boston and received post-doctoral research opportunities in New York and North Carolina but opted for an early tenure-track position back home in Atlantic Canada where in 1994 I began my academic career in the Psychology Department at the University of Prince Edward Island. In 2000 I was a Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland (USA) and Visiting Scientist at the University of Uppsala (Sweden). In 2003 I left my position as Chair of Psychology at UPEI to become Chair of Psychology at Ryerson to help contribute to Ryerson’s dynamic growth and expansion. My scholarly interests in developmental science include the following: The study of perception, action, and cognition in the first year; the interaction of social-cognition and goal-directed behavior; and the cognitive-neuromotor aspects of childhood disorders. I direct the CHILD (Cognition, Health, Infancy, Learning, Development) laboratory for research and training. My undergraduate teaching interests include the first-year foundation courses and cognitive development while my graduate interests include advanced topics in infancy. I have supervised undergraduate and graduate theses in the areas of infant perception and action, tool-use, haptic development, language development, and conceptual development. I am passionately involved in department and university-building as well as contributing research expertise to my profession through editorial boards, peer-review, and community service including my current work as co-Chair of Health Canada’s National Experts Advisory Committee for the Center’s of Excellence for Children’s Well-Being. I have been honoured with a Teaching Award, a Service Award, and the Ryersionian of the Year Award. Please visit my website to learn more about current research projects, the CHILD lab, and student opportunities.


Selected Publications:
Boudreau, J. P. (in press). Dueling images in Dundas Square: The allocation of attention in the human Infant. In L. Pousant & P. Tremblay (Eds.),
Toronto/Montreal: La prolifération des écrans. Presses de l’Université du Québec.

Contreras-Vidal, J. L., Bo, J., Boudreau, J. P., & Clark J. E. (2005). Development of visuo-motor representations for hand movement in young children. Experimental Brain Research, 162, 155-164.

Gredebäck, G., von Hofsten, C., & Boudreau, J. P. (2002). Infants’ visual tracking of continuous circular motion under conditions of occlusion and non-occlusion. Infant Behaviour and Development, 25, 161-182.

Boudreau, J. P. (2001). Viewing infant motor acts through the lens of cognitive dynamics. In J. van der Kamp, A. Ledebt, G. Salvelsberg, & E. Thelen (Eds.), Motor Development and Learning. University of Amsterdam, NL.

Boudreau, J. P. & Bushnell, E. W. (2000). Spilling thoughts: The role of attention in the control and coordination of infants’ goal-directed actions, Infant Behaviour and Development, 23, 543-566.


Professional Affiliations:

  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • International Association for Infant Studies
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Jean-Piaget Society

Faculty Information

Mailing Address:

Department of Psychology
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5B 2K3, Canada

Fax: 416-979-5273


Campus Location

Offices: 380 Victoria St. [map]
Research Labs: 105 Bond St. [map]


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