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Department of Psychology | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2021

Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Psychology prepares students for research and applied careers. The PhD program provides students with the skills, expertise, and analytical and critical thinking capabilities required to conduct advanced original research. The department offers courses and specializations in Cognitive and Neural Sciences; Developmental; Law and Forensic; Social; and History, Quantitative and Theoretical Psychology.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. Applicants will submit official transcripts of all post-secondary course work and Graduate Record Examinations (GREs) to the department. Refer to the department's website for deadlines and additional requirements (https://www.sfu.ca/psychology/graduate-studies.html).

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The department reserves the right to admit only qualified applicants for whom departmental resources and appropriate faculty supervisors are available.

Program Requirements

This program offers five areas of specialization and consists of graduate course work, a comprehensive examination, a thesis proposal, and a thesis.

Students must complete one of the following research seminar courses specific to specialization taken every Fall and Spring

PSYC 913 - Research Seminar (1.5)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Richard Wright
TBD
PSYC 914 - Research Seminar (1.5)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Tanya Broesch
TBD
PSYC 916 - Research Seminar (1.5)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Jodi Viljoen
TBD
PSYC 917 - Research Seminar (1.5)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Steve Wright
TBD
PSYC 918 - Research Seminar (1.5)

Research seminars are designed specifically to enable graduate students in Psychology to plan, execute, and analyse research including that leading to MA and PhD degrees. The seminars will provide directions for future research, critical discussion of pending designs, aid in resolving problems in ongoing studies, and alternative interpretations of results of completed projects. The research seminar courses are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Rachel Fouladi
TBD
G200 Rachel Fouladi
TBD

and the requirements from one specialization (see below)

and comprehensive examinations

PSYC 991 - Research Comprehensive Examination 1 (3)

A specific Comprehensive Examination will be designed to include tasks organized to test the student’s competence, in depth, on topics related to his or her research. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
PSYC 992 - Research Comprehensive Examination 2 (3)

A specific Comprehensive Examination will be designed to include tasks organized to test the student’s competence, in depth, on topics related to his or her research. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
G200 TBD
PSYC 993 - Research Comprehensive Examination 3 (3)

A specific Comprehensive Examination will be designed to include tasks organized to test the student’s competence, in depth, on topics related to his or her research. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD

and a thesis proposal

PSYC 896 - PhD Thesis Proposal (3)

Development and presentation of proposal for PhD thesis research. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
G200 TBD

and a thesis

PSYC 899 - PhD Thesis (12)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Timothy Racine
TBD
G200 Timothy Racine
TBD

Specialization

Cognitive and Neural Sciences Specialization

Students must complete a minimum of two area courses determined in consultation with the student's supervisor and graduate program chair.

Developmental Psychology Specialization

Students must complete a minimum of two graduate psychology courses chosen in consultation with the supervisor or graduate program chair.

History, Quantitative and Theoretical Psychology Specialization

Students must complete a minimum of two area courses determined in consultation with the student's supervisor and graduate program chair.

Law and Forensic Psychology Specialization

Students must complete a minimum two of

PSYC 790 - Proseminar in Law and Psychology (3)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Kevin Douglas
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6152, Burnaby
PSYC 791 - Proseminar 2 in Law and Psychology (3)

Empirical and legal issues in law and psychology.

PSYC 892 - Research/Policy Practicum in Law and Psychology (3)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: PSYC 790. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
PSYC 897 - Research Project/Law & Psyc/Forensic Psyc (3)

Prerequisite: PSYC 790.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
PSYC 990 - Seminar in Law and Psychology (3) *

Prerequisite: PSYC 790.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Ryan Fitzgerald
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6152, Burnaby

Social Psychology Specialization

Students must complete a minimum two of

PSYC 960 - Seminar in Social Psychology (3) *

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Steve Wright
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6152, Burnaby

* This course may be repeated for credit.

Clinical Psychology Program Requirements

Students in the clinical program are all members of the clinical research area. The PhD program, accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is based on the scientist-practitioner training model. The program provides generalist training and optional tracks in clinical child psychology, clinical forensic psychology, and clinical neuropsychology. Standing in the program is contingent upon maintenance of satisfactory performance in course work, thesis work, practicum skills development, comprehensive exams, and adherence to professional ethical standards (CPA Code of Ethics, and CPBC Code of Conduct). Unsatisfactory academic progress and/or CPA ethical code of conduct violations (e.g. dishonesty, boundary violations, etc.) may lead to withdrawal from the clinical program.

This program consists of graduate course work, a comprehensive examination, and a thesis. Students must have successfully completed all master's program requirements (or the equivalent) prior to admission to the clinical PhD program.

Students must complete all of

PSYC 819 - Ethics and Professional Issues (3)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Graduate program standing.

PSYC 825 - Clinical Practice (2) **

Clinical students are required to enroll in PSYC 825 each term from the time they start the program until they go on internship, except when granted leave from the program. Students enrolled in a full-time practicum may request an exemption from PSYC 825 intake and caseload requirements by speaking to the CPC Director. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Admission to Clinical Psychology Graduate Program. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Megan McLarnon
TBD
PSYC 886 - Internship (9)

Full-time clinical work for 12 months in an approved setting. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Enrolment in PSYC 886 must be continued for a total of three consecutive terms. Prerequisite: Equivalent of the MA clinical program, three PhD level courses, successful completion of the PhD comprehensive examinations, and successful defense of the PhD research proposal. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Grace Iarocci
TBD
G200 Grace Iarocci
TBD

and one of the following research seminar courses specific to specialization taken every Fall and Spring

PSYC 912 - Research Seminar (1.5)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Alexander Chapman
TBD
G200 Alexander Chapman
TBD
PSYC 913 - Research Seminar (1.5)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Richard Wright
TBD
PSYC 914 - Research Seminar (1.5)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Tanya Broesch
TBD
PSYC 916 - Research Seminar (1.5)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Jodi Viljoen
TBD
PSYC 917 - Research Seminar (1.5)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Steve Wright
TBD
PSYC 918 - Research Seminar (1.5)

Research seminars are designed specifically to enable graduate students in Psychology to plan, execute, and analyse research including that leading to MA and PhD degrees. The seminars will provide directions for future research, critical discussion of pending designs, aid in resolving problems in ongoing studies, and alternative interpretations of results of completed projects. The research seminar courses are graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Rachel Fouladi
TBD
G200 Rachel Fouladi
TBD

and the requirements from one of the tracks below

and a thesis proposal

PSYC 896 - PhD Thesis Proposal (3)

Development and presentation of proposal for PhD thesis research. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
G200 TBD

and a comprehensive examination

PSYC 999 - PhD Clinical Comprehensive Examination (6)

All students in the experimental and clinical psychology PhD programs are required to successfully complete the comprehensive exam. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Admission to Clinical Psychology Graduate Program.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD

and a thesis

PSYC 899 - PhD Thesis (12)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Timothy Racine
TBD
G200 Timothy Racine
TBD

** Students must be enrolled in PSYC 825 every term prior to PSYC 886 except when formally exempt.

Clinical Psychology Tracks

Clinical General Track

Students must complete two of the following in consultation with the student's supervisor and director of clinical training

  • Advanced Topics in Assessment or Intervention Course 1
  • Advanced Topics in Assessment or Intervention Course 2
  • Advanced Topics in Assessment or Intervention Course 3
  • Advanced Topics in Assessment or Intervention Course 4

Clinical Child Track

Students complete all of

PSYC 830 - Seminar in Child Evaluation and Treatment Formulation (3) ***

Prerequisite: PSYC 820, or PSYC 820A and PSYC 820B.

PSYC 831 - Practicum in Child Evaluation and Treatment Formulation (2) ***

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: PSYC 820, or PSYC 820A and PSYC 820B. Corequisite: PSYC 830. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

and one of

PSYC 807A - Advanced Topics in Intervention: Child Therapy (3)

Current theoretical and empirical issues in the area of child and adolescent therapy. Prerequisite: PSYC 820, 821, 822, 823, and 824; or permission of the instructor.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Grace Iarocci
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 6152, Burnaby
PSYC 807B - Advanced Topics in Intervention: Family Therapy (3)

Provides an overview of the current theoretical and empirical issues in the area of family therapy. Prerequisite: All of PSYC 820, 821, 822, 823, and 824; or permission of the instructor.

*** Students who have previously completed these courses will not be required to repeat them and will select an additional course from the requirements under this track.

Clinical Forensic Track

Students must complete all of

PSYC 890 - Practicum in Clinical Forensic Psychology (3)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: PSYC 790, 835 or 836. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Grace Iarocci
TBD
PSYC 897 - Research Project/Law & Psyc/Forensic Psyc (3)

Prerequisite: PSYC 790.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD

and two of

PSYC 790 - Proseminar in Law and Psychology (3)

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Kevin Douglas
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6152, Burnaby
PSYC 791 - Proseminar 2 in Law and Psychology (3)

Empirical and legal issues in law and psychology.

PSYC 836 - Forensic Assessment (3)

Criminal and civil forensic assessment issues. Prerequisite: PSYC 790, 815.

Students who have previously taken these courses in their Master's are not permitted to retake the same course and will need to select the alternate courses.

Clinical Neuropsychology Track

Students must complete two of the following

PSYC 806 - Advanced Topics in Assessment (3)

Prerequisite: PSYC 820, 821, 822, 823, 824, or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 882 - Neuropsychology Practicum (3)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Admission to the clinical program with a specialization in neuropsychology. Students must successfully complete a Criminal Record Check.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Grace Iarocci
TBD

ANAT 516 Functional Human Neuroanatomy: Central Nervous System (3) (UBC)

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in 12 terms (4 years). The track courses, comprehensive examination, and thesis proposal are to be completed within two years of admission to the doctoral program. PhD students complete their doctoral thesis by the end of their fourth year in the PhD program. Failure to meet department timelines is noted in the student's annual performance review.

Other Information

Satisfactory Performance

Each graduate student's performance in research and course work is assessed at least once a year, with a formal annual review being conducted every spring. Each student receives feedback on his/her progress following this review. It is the policy of the Department of Psychology that a grade of less than B (3.0) on any course is deemed unsatisfactory. Any graduate student who obtains a grade of less than B (3.0) in two or more courses, or who fails to maintain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 3.5, may be required to withdraw from the program. Additionally, students who receive unsatisfactory ratings on their annual evaluations, whether due to grades, inadequate progress through the program or unethical behavior, may be withdrawn from the program (as per Graduate General Regulation 1.8.2).

For clinical psychology program students, decisions regarding clinical suitability (defined as the demonstration of professional behaviour and judgement consistent with applicable ethical principles and standards) are determined by registered psychologists who are members of the clinical program committee. A student in the clinical psychology program whose behaviour raises the question of possible violations of the ethical codes binding the profession (Canadian Psychological Association Code of Ethics, and College of Psychologists of BC Code of Conduct) will be advised of the nature of the problem behaviour in writing, and requested to meet with the clinical committee in a confidential closed session to determine the facts. Involvement in clinical practica may be immediately suspended pending the outcome of this meeting.

Translational and Integrative Neuroscience (TRAIN) Specialization

Students interested in taking NEUR 800 and NEUR 801 to fulfill their graduate course requirements need to consult with the supervisor and graduate program chair.

For more information on TRAIN, please see Translational and Integrative Neuroscience.

Thesis

Before starting thesis research, the candidate presents a formal proposal for evaluation. The candidate must present a thesis proposal before the end of the second program year, and is expected to complete the thesis within four years of program entrance. The completed thesis will be defended in oral examination. Judgment will be made by an examining committee. For further information, see Graduates General Regulations 1.9.3.

Supervisory Committee

For the PhD thesis, students establish a supervisory committee by the end of the second term following program admission. The PhD supervisory committee will consist of a Department of Psychology tenure-track or tenured faculty member who will be the supervisor and committee chair, and two or more additional members, at least one of whom must be a tenure-track or tenured faculty member in the Department of Psychology.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.