Dr. Janet Mah is a clinical child psychologist in Outpatient Mental Health at 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 parenting contributors to treatment engagement and adherence, and mental health literacy and stigma among cultural groups.


Feasibility and Efficacy of the Alert Program® for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Janet WT Mah and Harleen Gill and Miranda Doherty
DOI: 10.1177/13591045231162680

Virtual Delivery of Parent Coaching Interventions in Early Childhood Mental Health: A Scoping Review
Child Psychiatry and Human Development
Hippman, C. and Mah, J.W.T. and MacFadden, M.
DOI: 10.1007/s10578-023-01597-8

Correction: Virtual Delivery of Parent Coaching Interventions in Early Childhood Mental Health: A Scoping Review (Child Psychiatry & Human Development, (2023), 10.1007/s10578-023-01597-8)
Child Psychiatry and Human Development
Hippman, C. and Mah, J.W.T. and MacFadden, M.
DOI: 10.1007/s10578-023-01632-8

Encouraging diversity in family engagement in research: Reflections on the development of knowledge translation tools
Research Involvement and Engagement
Mah, J.W.T. and Nickerson, K.
DOI: 10.1186/s40900-023-00486-7

Mindfulness-Enhanced Behavioral Parent Training for Clinic-Referred Families of Children With ADHD: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Journal of Attention Disorders
Janet W. T. Mah and Candice Murray and Jake Locke and Nicole Carbert
DOI: 10.1177/1087054720925882

Sensorimotor Intervention Group for Children with ADHD and Sensory Processing Difficulties: A Feasibility Study
Journal of Child and Family Studies
Janet W. T. Mah and Miranda Doherty
DOI: 10.1007/s10826-021-01900-y

Predicting use of medications for children with ADHD: The contribution of parent social cognitions
Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Boudreau, A. and Mah, J.W.T.

Mixed methods study exploring parent engagement in child health research in British Columbia.
BMJ open
Smith J and Pike I and Brussoni M and Tucker L and Mâsse L and Mah JWT and Boudreau A and Mount D and Bonaguro R and Glegg S and Amed S
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025404
PubMed: 31154301

A case-control study of sleep disturbances in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Journal of anxiety disorders
Jaspers-Fayer F and Lin SY and Belschner L and Mah J and Chan E and Bleakley C and Ellwyn R and Simpson A and McKenney K and Stewart SE
DOI: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2018.02.001
PubMed: 29529448

Clinical Reasoning in the Assessment and Intervention Planning for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Canadian Journal of School Psychology
Climie, E.A. and Mah, J.W.T. and Chase, C.Y.
DOI: 10.1177/0829573516658370

Visual Schedule System in Dental Care for Patients with Autism: A Pilot Study
Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
Janet WT Mah and Phoebe Tsang
DOI: 10.17796/1053-4628-40.5.393

An examination of communicative interactions of children from Romanian orphanages and their adoptive mothers.
Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science / Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement
Susan A. Graham and Elizabeth Nilsen and Janet W. T. Mah and Sara Morison and Kim MacLean and Lianne Fisher and Brian L. Brooks and Elinor Ames
DOI: 10.1037/a0033916

Cultural Variations in Mothers' Acceptance of and Intent to Use Behavioral Child Management Techniques
Journal of Child and Family Studies
Mah, J.W.T. and Johnston, C.
DOI: 10.1007/s10826-011-9502-z

Assessing Parenting Behaviors in Euro–Canadian and East Asian Immigrant Mothers: Limitations to Observations of Responsiveness
Child & Family Behavior Therapy
Kathy Chan and Kailee Penner and Janet W. T. Mah and Charlotte Johnston
DOI: 10.1080/07317101003776423

Parenting Cognitions and Treatment Beliefs as Predictors of Experience Using Behavioral Parenting Strategies in Families of Children With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Behavior Therapy
Johnston, C. and Mah, J.W.T. and Regambal, M.
DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2010.02.001

Parental Social Cognitions: Considerations in the Acceptability of and Engagement in Behavioral Parent Training
Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev
Janet W. T. Mah and Charlotte Johnston
DOI: 10.1007/s10567-008-0038-8

Child Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
A Guide to Assessments that Work
Charlotte Johnston and Janet W. T. Mah
DOI: 10.1093/med:psych/9780195310641.003.0002

Cultural variations in mothers’ attributions: influence of child attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
Child Psychiatry Hum Dev
Janet W. T. Mah and Charlotte Johnston
DOI: 10.1007/s10578-007-0047-8


Current Projects
- Collaborating with Chinese Families and Communities to Promote Mental Health Literacy
- Cultural Considerations to Improve Treatment Engagement, Retention, and Satisfaction for Families of Children with ADHD of Diverse Backgrounds
- Parenting Cognitions and Mental Health Treatment Attitudes
- Single Session Interventions for Behaviour Parent Training
- Impacts of COVID-19 on children with and without ADHD
- Group behavioural treatment of selective mutism


BCCHF Fund, Mah Lab Clinical Research Program, KRZ75151

2015-2016 BCMHSUS Fund, ADHD Research Database

2023-2025 New Frontiers in Research Fund, Promoting emotion regulation using smart-tech for parents of children with ADHD, Co-I

2012-2016 BCCHF Fund, Mindful Parent Intervention for ADHD

2021-2022 CIHR Operating Grant, How is COVID-19 continuing to impact children with and without ADHD, Co-I

2020-2022 BCCHR Catalyst Grant, Parental Cognitions and Mental Health Treatment Attitudes

2018-2019 BCCHR Catalyst Grant, Group behavioural treatment of selective mutism

2018-2019 UBC Strategic Investment Fund, Child-sized KT, Co-I

2015-2016 CIHR SPOR Patient Engagement Collaboration Grant, Child-sized KT, Co-I

2015-2016 BCCHR Seed Grant, Alert Program for Attention Regulation

Research Group Members

Fiona Chen
Harleen Gill, Research Assistant
Anne Huang
Audrey Lo, INSPIRE Student
Alexis Sams
Angelika Suyanto
Francisca Valdes, Postdoctoral Fellow