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Bluma Litner, PhD

Professor, Applied Human Sciences

Dr. Litner, a full professor, has been a faculty member at Concordia since August, 1989.  She previously taught in the French Studies Department at Loyola College which she also chaired.  Prior to joining Concordia’s AHSC Department, she served as Assistant Dean of Students in charge of promoting educational innovation and self-directed learning outside the classroom.  With a background of professional training in human relations and organization development, Dr. Litner has consulted widely in both the public and private sectors and conducted extensive training in team and leadership development as well as change management.  She has also served as a resource person for her colleagues in the academic community in developing teaching skills to promote inclusivity in the classroom.  Dr. Litner’s scholarship centres on issues and processes of empowerment for marginalized groups for which she has received external funding.  Her specific interests focus on the provision of learning disabled youth with a successful educational experience, particularly those with ADHD.  She has served as a judge in several national teaching award competitions and has herself been the recipient of four teaching awards, including a National 3M Teaching Fellowship awarded for excellence in university teaching and leadership in education.


PhD     University of Toronto (OISE)

M.A.    Middlebury College and the University of Paris at the Sorbonne

B.A.     Honours French McGill University

Research grants

Inclusive Teaching.  Grant from Concordia University. Co-Investigators:  E. Sacca, T.Waugh, R. Swedburg.

Les processus de prise de décision et la consolidation d'équipe à la maison mère SNJM. Maison Mère des Sœurs des Saints Noms de Jésus et de Marie.  Contract research. Co-Investigator:  G. Guérard.

Learning Disabled Students in University:  Narratives of Successes.  Grant from Concordia University.  Co-Investigator:  G. Guérard & V.Mann-Feder

Teaching activities

Recent publications

Participation activities

Postdoctorial Fellow

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on a health-care related project to identify advent events from EMRs. The position lasts for two years. Interested candidates must demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Outstanding in NLP research;
  • Strong programming capability, preferably Python;
  • Excellent ability in writing research articles; and
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. 

The position is available on September 1, 2021 (earlier starting date is possible). The application must include:
  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Sample publications (up to three)
  • Two reference letters


Doctoral study

We are recruiting three PhD students to work on industrial and healthcare project, with the following background:

  • Strong background in Natural Language Processing or EEG data analysis;
  • Outstanding knowledge in machine learning, AI algorithms, formal language and logic, discrete mathematics, and graph theory;
  • Excellent ability to develop models and/or algorithms;
  • Experienced in Python programming or C#; and
  • Excellent technical/scientific writing ability.

Master's study

We are recruiting two Master's students to work on a health care project with the following background: 

  • Education in computer science or computational engineering;
  • Excellent programming abilities, preferably in Python; and 
  • Very good scientific writing ability.

Application conditions

Please note that we will not reply to e-mails for general inquiries regarding graduate studies. Serious candidates please send a critical review of at least 1 related article published by us, in addition to your resume and other materials you judge to be necessary, to the following contact:
Dr. Yong Zeng

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