Clinical Psychology Program
Education in research design and data analysis is provided through required courses (PSYC 910, 911, 824), through participation in required research area seminars, and in MA thesis and PhD dissertation work. Additional elective courses are made available as need dictates. Students have access to departmental research support of $300 at the MA level and $400 at the Ph.D. level for costs incurred for research material (e.g., testing materials, postage and other office materials). Students have access to the Psychology Department Microcomputer Lab which includes two Laser printers and 21 computers that have up to date statistical and word processing software and the Windows operating system. The departmental network provides several licensed statistical software packages (SPSS, BMDP, Systat, Minitab, Lisrel and Mathcad), word processing packages, data processing programs, and graphic packages. Electronic mail, file transfer, file and disk utilities are also provided. Academic Computing Services provides additional microcomputer labs across campus and support services. Most faculty labs have computers accessible to graduate students.
Projectors are available to support PowerPoint and slide presentations. The department is richly supplied with technical staff who can help with software and hardware problems. Students normally receive office space in the research laboratories of their supervisors. The Library has excellent resources including online databases in psychology including PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES (full text of APA and CPA journals), PsycBOOKS (full text of APA books), Mental Measurements Yearbook, Humanities and Social Sciences Index, Digital Dissertations and Web of Science. Interlibrary loans of books and copies of articles are readily accessible through a network of academic libraries.
Clinical Training Resources
Our program has an on-campus training clinic, the Clinical Psychology Centre (CPC). The CPC is staffed with a full-time Director and Office Coordinator. Beginning in the first year of the program students participate in a graduated program of experience and training in the CPC. The CPC has a built-in digital audiovisual system enabling multiple sessions to be recorded simultaneously. We have additional portable audio and videotape recording equipment, and overhead and LCD projectors for educational presentations. All but two of the therapy rooms are equipped with one-way mirrors for observation.
Clinical supervision for therapy and assessment is provided by faculty and by off-campus Clinical Associates. A number of local clinical settings provide Practicum training at the MA level, and Senior Practicum training in the PhD program. Students apply for CPA- and APA-accredited Internships internationally.
Financial and Scholarship Support
Please see the main Psychology Department website for information general to Psychology, and the main University website for information about university-wide resources. New graduate students are eligible to apply for Teaching Assistantships for five terms in the MA program and 8 terms in the PhD program (in 2013, $5,700 per term for MA students and $6,725 per term for PhD students). In addition, new students with a minimum 3.5 GPA receive a Graduate Fellowship of $6,250 in the summer term of their first year. Our students are competitive for and approximately 50% are successful in receiving external national scholarships and fellowships (SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, etc.). In addition, many students receive funding through Research Assistantships.