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Dr. Karen Li


Karen Li, Ph.D.

(Ph.D. Psychology 1996; University of Toronto)


Associate Director of CRDH

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Concordia University


7141 Sherbrooke Street, West
Montreal, Quebec, H4B 1R6


Tel: 514-848-2424 ext. 7542


Research Lab: Laboratory for Adult Development and Cognitive Aging

Website: Li Lab





My research focuses on cognitive and attentional processes involved in multiple-task performance in adulthood and healthy aging. I am interested in studying situations in which multiple tasks are either carried out in sequential order, or are performed concurrently. A portion of my current work investigates the coordination of cognitive and motor tasks in old age (e.g., walking, balance, finger sequencing, with a concurrent cognitive load). An important theme in my research is to understand the adaptive strategies that older adults develop in response to declines in cognitive and sensorimotor abilities. I am a member and Associate Director of the Centre for Research in Human Development (CRDH), which is devoted to multidisciplinary approaches to the study of development across all life periods. Graduate students working with me are eligible for financial support from CRDH and participate in regular workshops and seminars offered by the Centre.





Fraser, S.A. & Li, K.Z.H. (in press).  Dual-task performance in motor learning.  Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning (N. Seel, Ed.), Springer.


Farquhar, J.C., Wrosch, C., Pushkar, D., & Li, K.Z.H. (2013).  The value of adaptive regret management in retirement.  The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 76 (2), 99-121.


Baer, L., Tabri, N., Blair, M., Bye, D., Li, Z.H., & Pushkar, D. (2012).  Longitudinal associations of need for cognition, cognitive activity, and depressive symptomatology with cognitive function in recent retirees.  Journals of Gerontology II: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.


Bukowski, W.M., Li, K.Z., Dirks, M., & Bouffard, T. (2012).  Developmental science and the study of successful development.  International Journal of Developmental Science, 6, 57-60.

Fraser, S. & Li, K.Z.H. (2012).  Dual -ask performance in motor learning. In N. Seel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning pp. 1048-1050.  Springer


Li, K.Z.H., Abbud, G.A.C., Fraser, S.A., & DeMont, R.G. (2012).  Successful adaptation of gait in healthy older adults during dual-task treadmill walking.  Aging, Neuropsychology, & Cognition, 19, 150-167.