Brittany Harker Martin

Associate Professor

Werklund School of Education

Associate Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

BEd, PhD

Contact information


Office: 403.220.4221

Web presence



Office : EDT904

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education

Research activities

My interdisciplinary research connects to leadership, psychology, and arts education. I have developed and tested new conceptual models for Socially Empowered Learning, Artistic Intelligence, and most recently: a new model for cognitive engagement and mental health capacity building through visual art. My PhD included doctoral level training in psychometrics which I use frequently to test novel interventions for a variety of cognitive phenomena. I am also building a transdisciplinary team that includes cognitive neuroscientists to investigate the effects of the arts on the brain through psychometrics, brain imaging, and neuroelectricity. I have a partnership with Alberta Health Services and their Mental Health Capacity Building in Schools Initiative. Through this, we have just pilot tested a new program designed to build mental health capacity. Findings are very promising, with support for all hypotheses including statistically significant findings that the program increases mental health capacity with evidence to support a new theoretical model for accessing positive mental states through art.


Falling Walls Breakthrough of the Year Nominee - 2020, Science in Arts