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Kate  Einarson - University of Toronto | Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Toronto, ON, CA

Kate Einarson Kate  Einarson

Postdoctoral Researcher | University of Toronto | Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Researcher, educator, and knowledge translator. Studying infant and child development, and making research useful to teachers and parents






Kate Einarson, 3MT 2013 Discover Psychology - Kate Einarson: Let the Music Move Your Feet Interpersonal Synchrony Increases Prosocial Behavior in Infants - Video Abstract The how and why of making music together | Kate Einarson | TEDxMcMasterU




I am currently a research fellow jointly appointed between the University of Toronto and the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at CAMH.

I investigate developmental psychology, and my current research is conducted in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Prior to this, I conducted scientific studies of infant and child development at the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind. I have also been a music educator for more than a decade, teaching early childhood music as well as private and group-based instrumental music.

I especially enjoy translating scientific research for a broader audience. My presentations to music educators, schoolteachers, parent groups, and the general public have been featured in the New York Times, on the CBC, through YouTube, and in print media.

I am always excited to hear from like-minded researchers, artists, and educators about consulting and collaboration opportunities! For up-to-date information on my publications, teaching, speaking, and outreach, please visit

Industry Expertise (4)


Performing Arts



Areas of Expertise (5)

Child Development

Music and Mind

Arts Education

Mental Health and Substance Use

Language and Literacy

Accomplishments (6)

YWCA Hamilton Young Woman of Distinction award, runner-up (personal)

2015 nominee

Teaching Merit Award for New Faculty (professional)

Annual award by the McMaster Students Union
2014 recipient

Dean's Award for Excellence in Knowledge Mobilization and Innovation (professional)

Annual award by the McMaster School of Graduate Studies
2014 recipient

Herb Jenkins Discovery Scholar Award (professional)

Annual award by the McMaster Alumni Association
2013 recipient

Dean's Award for Excellence in Communicating Graduate Research (professional)

Annual award by the McMaster Students Union
2013 recipient

People’s Choice Award winner, McMaster Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) (professional)

Inaugural McMaster 3MT competition
2013 winner

Education (3)

McMaster University: Ph.D., Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

SickKids Hospital: Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (KTPC)

University of Manitoba: B.A. (Adv), Linguistics and Psychology

Affiliations (3)

  • Sessional Instructor at McMaster University
  • Research Consultant for the International Symposium on Talent Education
  • Music Educator at the Oakville Suzuki Association

Media Appearances (5)

Childhood: The rhythm of helpful babies

The New York Times  print


June 2014

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At the Wee Festival, performance art is child’s play

Toronto Star  print


May 2014

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McMaster Educators Lauded at MSU Teaching Awards Ceremony

McMaster Daily News  online


March 2014

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Kate Einarson wins People’s Choice Award for her three-minute thesis

Logberg Heimskringla: The Icelandic Community Newspaper  print


August 2013
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McMaster psych grad student wins 3-minute thesis People's Choice Award

CBC Hamilton  tv


May 2013

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