Professor Profiles

mrazik

Martin Mrazik, BSc, MEd, PhD, R.Psych.

Full Professor

Education

Educational Psychology

About Me

I am a clinical neuropsychologist  by training. My PhD was completed at the University of Georgia with specialization in clinical neuropsychology under the mentorship of Dr. George Hynd. I served as the Clinical Director of a Head Trauma Program and Chief Psychologist at the Millard Center in Edmonton, Alberta for 5 years. In 2006, I joined the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. I am a Full Professor associated with the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program. I am personally focused on important issues within post-secondary institutions related to academic freedom, freedom of speech, and representing diverse viewpoints including those from moral and faith based perspectives. Below are my specific areas of research interest. 

Psychological Assessment: 

Dr. Mrazik’s research and clinical work focuses on psychoeducational assessment of intelligence, academics, and emotional/behavioral functioning of children. With previous experience as a school psychologist, Dr. Mrazik is interested in applied psychological assessment, particularly as it applies to the school setting. He teaches the individual psychological assessment courses in the School and Clinical Child Psychology Program. 

Traumatic brain injury/sport concussion: My background in clinical neuropsychology has led to special interest in traumatic brain injury and sport concussion. I am interested in neuropsychological assessment of traumatic brain injury including sport concussion. Current projects involve psychological outcomes of sport concussions through collaborations on several CIHR funded projects, and active rehabilitation of athletes following concussion. In addition, I have collaborations with a multi-national study investigating rehabilitation of professional athletes following sport concussion




Research

I completed my clinical training in school psychology and later specialized in clinical neuropsychology, so I have a broad interest in working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of learning, cognitive, behavioral, and psychological concerns.

My research and clinical interests in neuropsychology consider the application of neuropsychology to specific populations.  First, I am interested in traumatic brain injury in children and athletes. I am a co-investigator in 2 Canada wide CIHR grants aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment for paediatric traumatic brain injury. I also have a specialized interest in sport concussion and am currently a part of a Canada wide study evaluating injury outcomes from sport concussion. Specifically in what psychological outcomes arise from sport concussions and what psychological variables predict prolonged recovery from sport concussion. Finally, together with other researchers ad the U of A, we are determining biochemical forces of injuries in sport.

Other broad research interests include neuropsychological impairments of children with more significant developmental disabilities. I have become very interested in International School Psychology and finding opportunities for graduate students to use their skills for the global community.

Teaching

Courses Taught

EDPY 304 Adolescent Development for Teachers

EDPY 499 Developmental Psychology

EDPY 519 Individual Psychological Assessment

EDPY 523 Introduction to School Psychology

EDPY 597 Clinical Psychology: principles and practices

EDPY 641 Advanced Psychological Assessment

EDPY 642 Applied Neuropsychological Assessment

EDPY 650 School and Clinical Child Psychology Internship

EDPY 697 Advanced Practice of School Psychology