Alison McInnes

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
(780) 492-9634
6-119L Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5


I completed my graduate education in Speech-language Pathology at the University of Western Ontario, followed by several years of work in the public school system in special education and student services. I completed my doctoral work in Human Development and Applied Psychology at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Brain and Behaviour Research Program (Department of Child Psychiatry) at the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto), under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Rosemary Tannock.

My early professional background as a school-based Speech-language Pathologist set the stage for my doctoral and post doctoral research, completed at the University of Toronto. My research to date has focused mainly on discourse level language comprehension and production, and their cognitive correlates in children who have difficulties with behaviour/attention, oral language, and literacy skills. In particular, I am interested in how individual differences in working memory and executive functions influence school-age children’s skills in listening comprehension, and oral and written language expression. I am also interested in collaborative work with schools and teachers in upper elementary and secondary levels to increase capacity and expertise in assessment and instructional interventions in the classroom for students with ADHD, both with and without language-based learning disabilities.

Key words: Attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, speech/language disorders, reading disorder, selective mutism, learning disability, listening and reading comprehension, executive functions; strategy-based learning; differentiated assessment and instruction, knowledge transfer for practitioners in education and health, pre-service education


EDPY 454 - Teaching Students with Challenging Behaviours

This course focuses on understanding and managing the challenging behaviours of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural problems in schools. Note: Students may not receive credit for both EDPY 454 and EDPSY 307 or EDPSY 357. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Fall Term 2020
EDPY 556 - Issues and Trends in Special Education: Prevalence of Exceptionalities and Professional Practice

Aspects of theory, research and professional practice within the field of special education will be examined in this class. All special needs and developmental disorders are considered, particularly in the realm of theory/practice relationships. Such issues as program evaluation, integration, personnel preparation, and the identification of special needs will be considered. Validity of current practices and beliefs will be addressed through reviews of research, theory, and legislation/policy and the relationship between these areas and professional practice.

Fall Term 2020
EDPY 620 - Advanced Seminar in Special Education

Deals with the theoretical foundations and current applied developments in the field of special education and student exceptionality.

Fall Term 2020

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Comprehending and summarizing expository texts in children with ADHD
Author(s): McInnes, A.
Publication Date: 2011

Accommodating differences: Variations in differentiated literacy instruction in Grade 2/3 classrooms
Author(s): Tobin, R., & McInnes, A.
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: Literacy
Volume: 42
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 3-9

Preliminary evidence of beneficial effects of Methylphenidate on listening comprehension in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Author(s): McInnes, A., Bedard, A..C., Hogg-Johnson, S., & Tannock, R.
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
Volume: 17
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 35-49

The sounds of silence: Language, cognition, and anxiety in selective mutism
Author(s): Manassis, K., Tannock, R., Garland, J., Minde, K., McInnes, A., & Clarke, S.
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume: 46
Issue: 9
Page Numbers: 1187-1195

Increasing awareness and understanding of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in education to promote better academic outcomes for students with ADHD
Author(s): Martinussen, R., Tannock, R., Chaban, P., McInnes, A., & Ferguson, B.
Publication Date: 2006
Publication: Education Exceptionality Canada
Volume: 16
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 1-22