Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau
President and Vice-Chancellor
Dr. Jean-Paul Boudreau is a proud Acadian with strong Maritime roots.
He began his post-secondary education at the University of New Brunswick, graduating with an honours in psychology. He received his Master’s in Child Development from Laurentian University and earned his PhD in experimental psychology from Tufts University in Boston.
Dr. Boudreau began his career at the University of Prince Edward Island, where he was the founder and director of the UPEI Infant Cognition Lab. In 2003 he accepted the position of chair of the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University. Boudreau worked collaboratively to build the department from the ground up, launching BA (2006), MA (2007), and PhD (2009) programs; hiring 23 tenured and tenure-track faculty; and developing a leading department with a research-intensive focus and clinical and experimental streams. He also established Canada’s first interprofessional Psychology Training Clinic within a hospital, a partnership between Ryerson University and St. Michael’s Hospital.
Dr. Boudreau served as dean of arts at Ryerson from 2011 to 2016 and as special advisor and executive lead, social innovation from 2016 to 2018. A champion of innovation and entrepreneurial education, in 2014, Dr. Boudreau and his team envisioned and launched Ryerson’s first social innovation incubator, the Social Ventures Zone. In partnership with the office of Community Engagement, he also launched the ShapeLab, an experiential learning opportunity for students to co-create innovative solutions to Toronto’s pressing urban issues.
A developmental scientist, Dr. Boudreau’s research focuses on the dynamic interaction between mind and action during infancy. He has published and presented his findings internationally and held visiting professorships at the University of Maryland and Uppsala University in Sweden. He was the founder and director of Ryerson’s Children, Health, Infancy, Learning, and Development (CHILD) Lab and is a fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association.
Dr. Boudreau has served as chair of the developmental section of the Canadian Psychological Association, as a member of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC’s) national adjudication committee, as an elected member to the board of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS), and as a representative at the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In May 2018, Dr. Boudreau was appointed to the national Mitacs Research Council (MRC) for a three-year term. The MRC is a committee of the Mitacs Board that maintains the research integrity of Mitacs programs.
Dr. Boudreau became Mount Allison’s 15th President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1, 2018.