Yuanyuan Jiang

Yuanyuan Jiang

Assistant Professor, School and Clinical Child Psychology

Educational Psychology
5-137, Education North

Accepting graduate students for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco
Clinical Psychology Predoctoral Internship, University of California, San Francisco
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of British Columbia
M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of British Columbia
Honours B.Sc., Psychology Research Specialist, University of Toronto

Research Interests

Yuan’s broad research aims are to investigate variables that significantly impact the assessment and treatment of youth with considerable life impairments, with the ultimate goal of markedly improving diagnostic and intervention practices for children and families. Her research involves gaining insight into (1) how characteristics of children and important adults relate to their perceptions of themselves, others, and clinical services, and (2) how the cognitions of these children and adults are associated with diagnostic and intervention outcomes both in home and school settings. She is also pursuing research to better understand (3) whether additional components of assessment need to be considered in enhancing diagnosis, and (4) how to improve the accessibility of evidence-based mental health practices across settings in current systems of care. Much of Yuan’s research has focused on children with significant inattentiveness and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity, who experience marked difficulties at home and at school. Efforts to continually improve upon the accessibility and effectiveness of services for these children are much needed.


Jiang, Y., Capriotti, M., Beaulieu, A., Rooney, M., McBurnett, K., & Pfiffner, L. J. (under review). Contribution of the Behavioral Observation of Students in Schools to ADHD assessment.

Haack, L. M., Meza, J., Jiang, Y., Araujo, E., & Pfiffner, L. J. (under review). Influences to ADHD problem recognition: Mixed-method investigation and recommendations to reduce disparities for Latino youth.

Takeda, T., Burns, G. L., Jiang, Y., Becker, S., & McBurnett, K. (under review). Psychometric properties of a sluggish cognitive tempo scale in Japanese adults with and without ADHD.

Pfiffner, L. J., Rooney, M., Jiang, Y., Haack, L. M., Beaulieu, A., & McBurnett, K. (2018). Sustained effects of school-home intervention for ADHD symptoms and impairments. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2018.01.016

Jiang, Y., Haack, L. M., DeLucchi, K., Rooney, M., Hinshaw, S. P., McBurnett, K., & Pfiffner, L. J. (2017). Improved parent cognitions relate to immediate and follow-up treatment outcomes for children with ADHD-Predominantly Inattentive Presentation. Behavior Therapy. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2017.11.007.

Jiang, Y., & Johnston, C. (2017). Controlled social interaction tasks to measure self-perceptions: No evidence of positive illusions in boys with ADHD. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Haack, L. M., Jiang, Y., Delucchi, K., Kaiser, N., McBurnett, K., Hinshaw, S., & Pfiffner, L. J. (2016). Parental cognitive errors mediate parental psychopathology and inflated ratings of child inattention. Journal of Family Process. Advance online publication.

Jia, M., Jiang, Y., & Mikami, A. (2016). Positively-biased self-perceptions in children with ADHD: Unique predictor of future maladjustment. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 575-586.

Jiang, Y., Jia, M., Mikami, A., & Johnston, C. (2015). Improving interactions between teachers and parents of children with ADHD: Family research and teacher recommendations. Perspectives on Language and Literacy, Winter 2015, 17-20.

Jiang, Y., Gurm, M., & Johnston, C. (2014). Child impairment and parenting self-efficacy in relation to mothers’ views of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder treatments. Journal of Attention Disorders, 18, 532-541. 

Jiang, Y.
, & Johnston, C. (2014). Co-occurring aggressive and depressive symptoms as related to overestimations of competence in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 17, 157-172. 

Jiang, Y.
, & Johnston, C. (2012). The relationship between ADHD symptoms and competence as reported by both self and others. Journal of Attention Disorders, 16, 418-426.

Johnston, C., Jiang, Y., & Miller, N. (2011). Now why did he do that? How parents’ explanations for child behaviour are related to parenting and child outcomes. Family Connections: The BC Council for Families Magazine, 15, 10-13.

Jiang, Y., & Johnston, C. (2010). Parents’ dilemmas in choosing empirically supported treatments for child Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. The ADHD Report, 18, 5-9.

Courses Taught:

EDPY 527: School and Clinical Based Intervention
EDPY 528: Foundations of Child & Adolescent Intervention
EDPY 643: Child/Adolescent Therapy and Intervention