Ph.D program details


Psyc 800 History, Theory and System in Psychology
(or equivalent, e.g., Psyc 824, 826)                                    (3 credit hours)
Psyc 803 Psychometrics                                                      (3 credit hours)
Psyc 851 Psychological Assessment II                                (3 credit hours)
Psyc 861 Psychological Interventions II                              (3 credit hours)
One elective Psychology course                                          (3 credit hours)
Psyc 865 Comprehensive Exams                                          (1 credit hour)
Psyc 870 Practica in Clinical Psychology                                (1 credit hour)
Psyc 871 Practica in Clinical Psychology                                (1 credit hour)
Psyc 880AB Residency in Clinical Psychology                       (3 credit hours)
Psyc 900 Doctoral Seminar                                                    (1 credit hour)
Psyc 901 Thesis Research                                                  (44 credit hours)
                                                               Total Credit Hours:  66 credit hours

Ph.D. courses are typically offered every 2nd year. In addition to the above, students must demonstrate competence in: (a) biological bases of behaviour (e.g., physiological, comparative, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology); (b) cognitive and affective bases of behaviour (e.g., learning, sensation, perception, cognition, motivation, emotion); and (c) social bases of behaviour (e.g., social, cultural, ethnic, and group processes, sex roles, theories relating to organisations and systems). This can be accomplished either by taking a graduate course in each of these areas (one of which could be used to fulfil the Ph.D. elective course requirement), or by completing all-inclusive qualifying examinations (for students who demonstrate significant prior experience in an area, qualified faculty will co-ordinate the relevant reading lists and exam). A combination of graduate courses and examinations may also be used to fulfil the requirements. Moreover, students can demonstrate competence (subject to approval by the clinical committee) in a maximum of one cognate area (i.e., biological, cognitive or social) if they have completed a minimum of two advanced undergraduate courses in any one of the three cognate areas. Courses in these cognate areas may be taken at any point during the student’s graduate training with departmental approval. In addition, students are encouraged to take courses in other areas such as program development/evaluation.

Comprehensive Examination

The Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination (Psyc 865-CL) covers broad aspects of clinical psychology, and consists of four parts:

  1. A case presentation (~2 hours in length for presentation and questions) in which students are required to summarize a case that they have assessed and treated during a previously completed practicum or internship. In the presentation, the student must cover and integrate theory, research, assessment, and intervention in relation to the clinical case.
  2. A written exam testing students on recent literature published in the Annals of Clinical Psychology
  3. An ethics oral examination (~1 hour in length) during which students are asked questions that are designed to assess their understanding of ethical and professional issues and their ability to resolve ethical dilemmas.
  4. A program evaluation proposal. The following students are exempt from this component: a) Students who successfully completed a graduate course in program evaluation; b) students who participated in the Canadian Evaluation Society Annual Case Competition; and c) students who completed substantial supervised work (as determined by the clinical committee) in the area of program evaluation including a written program evaluation report.

The comprehensive examination process is typically completed over a four-month time span and is used as a means of judging whether or not the student has a mature and substantial grasp of the discipline and the ability to integrate theory, research, and practice in the areas of psychopathology, assessment, treatment, and ethics.

This examination is scheduled after the student has completed all degree requirements, with the exception of the doctoral dissertation and pre-doctoral residency. It must be taken prior to applying for the pre-doctoral residency.

All parts must be passed in order to meet the comprehensive examination requirement. Unsuccessful candidates for the comprehensive examination may repeat each component of the examination once. A second failure will result in the student being discontinued from the Clinical Program.