• Mah, Janet


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    Registered Psychologist, Provincial ADHD Program, BC Children's Hospital
    Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia

    Degrees / Designations
    Primary Area of Research
    Brain, Behaviour & Development
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    604-875-2000 ext. 2007
    Lab Phone
    604-875-2000 ext. 4726
    Mailing Address

    Mental Health Building 
    Office P4-120
    4500 Oak Street
    Vancouver, BC, V6H 3N1

    Affiliate Websites
    Research Areas
    • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 
    • Disruptive Behavioral Disorders 
    • Neurodevelopmental Disorders 
    • Knowledge translation 
    • Behavioral research 
    • Cultural health
    • Program evaluation

    Dr. Janet Mah is a clinical child psychologist and research lead of the Provincial ADHD Program of BC Children’s Hospital, and is part of the psychiatry clinical faculty at the University of British Columbia. Her clinical and translational research focuses on innovative psychosocial interventions for ADHD, social-cognitions related to engagement and adherence, and mental health literacy and stigma among cultural groups.

    Current Projects
    • Mindful Behavioural Parent Intervention for ADHD
    • Self-Regulation Intervention for ADHD and Sensory Processing Differences
    • ADHD Research Database
    • Sleep & Physical Activity in ADHD and OCD
    • ADHD Literacy among Chinese-immigrant Families
    • Canadian ADHD Research Day & Network
    Selected Publications

    For the latest publications, please visit Dr. Mah’s ORCID profile.

    Graham, S.A., Nilsen, E., Mah, J.W.T., Morison, S., MacLean, K., Fisher, L., …Ames, E. (2014). An examination of communicative interactions of children from Romanian orphanages and their adoptive mothers. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences, 46, 9-19.

    Mah, J.W.T., & Johnston, C. (2011). Cultural variations in mothers’ acceptance of and intent to use behavioral child management techniques. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21, 486-497.

    Johnston, C., 
    Mah, J.W.T., & Regambal, M. (2010). Parenting cognitions and treatment beliefs as predictors of experience using behavioural parenting strategies in families of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Behavior Therapy, 41, 491-504. PMID: 21035613

    Chan, K., Penner, K., 
    Mah, J.W.T., & Johnston, C. (2010). Assessing parenting behaviours in European/North American and East-Asian mothers: Limitations to observations of responsiveness. Child & Family Behavior Therapy, 32, 85-102.

    Mah, J.W.T.
    , & Johnston, C. (2008). Parental social cognitions: Considerations in the acceptability of and engagement in behavioral parent training. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 11, 218-236. PMID: 18836832

    Johnston, C., & 
    Mah, J.W.T. (2008). Child and adolescent Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In J. Hunsley & E.J. Mash (Eds.), A guide to assessments that work (pp. 17-40). New York: Oxford University Press.

    Mah, J.W.T.
    , & Johnston, C. (2007). Cultural variations in mothers’ attributions: Influence of child Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 37, 135-153. PMID: 17333346


    2015-2016: BCMHSUS Fund, ADHD Research Database

    2012-2017: BCCHF Fund, Mindful Parent Intervention for ADHD

    Honours & Awards

    2013: Supporting the Promotion of Activated Research and Knowledge (SPARK) Training Institute, Mental Health Commission of Canada

    Research Group Members