Dr. Claudine Habak

Dr. Claudine Habak

Dr. Claudine Habak

Associate Professor in Counseling, Special Education, & Neuroscience
Head, Division of Counseling, Special Education & Neuroscience


  • Ph.D., Neuropsychology and Cognitive Science, Université de Montréal, Canada.
  • MSc., Vision Sciences, Université de Montréal, Canada.
  • BSc., Psychology, McGill University, Canada.


Claudine Habak investigates the link between perception and cognition and its changes across the lifespan (child development to aging), using approaches in cognitive neuroscience. Her main research interests lie in how context and perceptual experience interact with cognition, to facilitate learning, creativity, and quality of life. She uses methods in cognitive neuroscience, including psychophysics, behavioral measures, EEG, and fMRI to address lifespan changes in healthy and clinical populations. Recently, she has been addressing how perception, emotion, and experience affect wellbeing across roles (educators, students) and across age.

Since joining ECAE, Claudine has contributed to institutional and program development, including co-founding the Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit and ECAE’s program in Education and Neuroscience. Prior to her work with ECAE, she was a researcher at the Psychophysics and Visual Perception Laboratory and at the Montreal Geriatric Institute in Canada. She publishes in and reviews for international peer-reviewed journals and has filed two patents.


  • Santos, IM; Menano, L; Habak, C. (2022). Teacher-Artist Partnership Framework within School Makerspaces to Foster Students’ Creativity. The International Journal of Art & Design Education. https://doi.org/10.1111/jade.12439
  • Bunik V.I. & Habak, C., (2022). Editorial: Women in science - translational medicine. Frontiers in Medicine. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmed.2022.1021894
  • Habak, C., Seghier, M. L., Brûlé, J., Fahim, M. A., & Monchi, O. (2019). Age Affects How Task Difficulty and Complexity Modulate Perceptual Decision-Making. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 11:28. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnagi.2019.00028
  • Seghier ML, Fahim MA and Habak C (2019) Educational fMRI: From the Lab to the Classroom. Front. Psychol. 10:2769 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02769
  • Guy J, Habak C, Wilson HR, Mottron L, Bertone A. (2017). Face perception develops similarly across viewpoint in children and adolescents with and without autism spectrum disorder. J Vis. 17(1):38. https://doi.org/10.1167/17.1.38