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Psychology


The Department of Psychology has assembled Information for Prospective Graduate Students 

Graduate Coordinator (Clinical): Lynn Loutzenhiser, PhD

Graduate Coordinator (Experimental & Applied): Christopher Oriet, PhD

Faculty Listing:  http://www.uregina.ca/arts/psychology/faculty-staff/index.html


Department Description

The Department of Psychology offers MA and PhD level programs in both Clinical and Experimental and Applied psychology. The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. Fully qualified acceptance into the MA program requires an Honours degree or equivalent in psychology. Fully qualified acceptance into either stream of Doctoral studies requires previous academic preparation equivalent to the Master's degree programs offered in the department. In some cases, students may be required to complete certain specified courses prior to pursuing graduate study. In all cases, the graduate programs offered in the Department of Psychology are subject to the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.


Binding Fee for Theses/Dissertations

Psychology graduate students are required to supply the Department of Psychology with one bound copy of their defended thesis and one copy for each of their supervisor(s). Students must have them bound through the University of Regina Printing Services Department so that they are bound in the U of R standard binding and colours. This must be done within the same semester the student receives Library approval of their thesis or the following charges will be applied to their student account. The Department of Psychology will apply a fee of the actual cost of printing and binding one department copy and copies for the supervisor(s) of the thesis, plus a service fee of $50.


The following outlines the requirements of the degree programs offered:

Clinical Degree Programs

The degree programs in clinical psychology offered in the department are based on a scientist-practitioner model of training and emphasize clinical, research, and professional skills development. The MA program in clinical psychology is intended to provide students with a solid grasp of basic academic and practical skills. The PhD program in clinical psychology builds upon the MA program and provides an opportunity for advanced research, study, and clinical skills acquisition. In line with the current emphasis of many programs and jurisdictions in North America with respect to academic training and credentialing in psychology, students pursuing graduate education and training in clinical psychology are strongly encouraged to do so at the Doctoral level.  The Clinical Program Manual describes the programme in full detail, as well as various policies and procedures.

Students are required to be enrolled full-time during both the MA and PhD programs and are not permitted to work more than 20 hours a week.

MA Program

PSYC 801 3 cr hrs
PSYC 802 3 cr hrs
PSYC 806 3 cr hrs
PSYC 832 3 cr hrs
PSYC 850 3 cr hrs
PSYC 860 3 cr hrs
PSYC 8xx Elective* 3 cr hrs
PSYC 876-879 1 cr hr
PSYC 900AA 1 cr hr
PSYC 900AA 1 cr hr
PSYC 901 16 cr hr
TOTAL 37-40 cr hrs

*MA students who have considered or are in the process of completing all of their core requirements, may take an elective course in biological, social or cognitive foundations which they can apply to their PhD program if they are accepted into the Clinical Psychology doctoral program.

NOTE:  Students in this program will normally apply for admission tot he PhD program in Clinical Psychology following the completion of all required course work.


PhD Program

PSYC 800 3 cr hrs
PSYC 803 3 cr hrs
PSYC 851 3 cr hrs
PSYC 861 3 cr hrs
PSYC 8xx Elective 3 cr hrs
PSYC 870* 1 cr hr
PSYC 871* 1 cr hr
PSYC 880AA (Internship preparation)** 1 cr hr
PSYC 880AB (full-year Internship) 3 cr hrs
PSYC 900AB 1 cr hr
PSYC 865CL (Comp Exam) 1 cr hr
PSYC 901 44 cr hrs
Additional courses may be need to demonstrate competence***
TOTAL 66 cr hrs

*PSYC 870 and 871 are required; (PSYC 872, 873 are additional if needed)

**For those students who are in the initial stages of research, preparation, application and interview for the predoctoral residency in clinical psychology

***Additional Course Work:  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 PhD 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.

Practicum and Internship Training: Students in the graduate program in clinical psychology complete a minimum of 900 hours of supervised practical experience consisting of a 600 hour Internship in Clinical Psychology (PSYC 876-879) and a minimum of two additional 150 Practica in Clinical Psychology (PSYC 870-875) prior to the full-year Pre-doctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology (PSYC 880) which is a requirement for the Doctoral programs. No more than 600 hours of the 900 hours of required supervised practical experience will be undertaken for academic credit by students enrolled in the MA program in clinical psychology.


Experimental and Applied Psychology (EAP) Degree Programs

The Experimental and Applied Psychology program is designed to train psychologists who will work either as academics or as researchers in industry or the public sector. The EAP program allows students to specialize in one of the following areas: Cognitive, Developmental, Forensic, Neuroscience, Social, or Theoretical Psychology.

MA Program

PSYC 801 3 cr hrs
PSYC 802 or 805 3 cr hrs
PSYC 807 3 cr hrs
PSYC 8xx Elective 3 cr hrs
PSYC 900AA 1 cr hr
PSYC 900AA 1 cr hr
PSYC 901 16 cr hrs
TOTAL 30 cr hrs


PhD Program

PSYC 800 3 cr hrs
PSYC 8xx 3 cr hrs
PSYC 8xx 3 cr hrs
PSYC 8xx 3 cr hrs
PSYC 865EA (Comp Exam) 1 cr hr
PSYC 901 48 cr hrs
TOTAL 61 cr hrs



Course Descriptions

PSYC 800 History, Theory and System in Psychology (3)
A consideration of current theories and theory building. A review and examination of current advances in psychology. Integration of knowledge and research findings from various fields of psychology.

PSYC 801 Research Design and Methodology in Psychology (3)
A critical examination of issues involved in the planning, conducting, and evaluation of research in psychology with emphasis on clinically-relevant areas.

PSYC 802 Applied Multivariate Statistics (3)
A survey of multivariate research methods in psychology. Topics may include: Multiple regression, ANOVA and ANCOVA using MR, discriminant analysis, MANOVA, profile analysis, principal components and factor analysis, structural equation modelling and path analysis, time series.

PSYC 803 Psychological Measurement (3)
Psychometric theory and quantitative aspects of psychological testing. Topics may include scaling and norms, classical test theory, reliability, validity, factor analysis, extraneous response components, item response theory, subject operating characteristics curves, suppresser and moderator variables, modal profile analysis.

PSYC 804 Advanced Experimental Psychology (3)
A critical study of methods and research findings in the field of experimental psychology.

PSYC 805 Experimental Design and Analysis of Variance (3)
Students are introduced to more complex models of analysis of variance including: factorial designs, between and within subject designs, and co-variates. Also discussed will be some commonly used planned and post-hoc comparison procedures.

PSYC 806 Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice (3)
This course will provide an intensive examination of philosophical, legal and particularly ethical issues as these affect the practising psychologist.

PSYC 807 Research and Applied Ethics (3)
This course will provide an intensive examination of ethical issues in research, teaching, and applied fields of psychological study.

PSYC 810 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
An examination of life span developmental psychology with reference to recent theoretical and experimental advances.

PSYC 811 The Psychology of Aging (3)
A study of the specific developmental changes related to the aging process with special reference to recent models and major issues.

PSYC 820 Advanced Social Psychology (3)
Review and assessment of theory and research in social psychology.

PSYC 822 Community Psychology (3)
(cross-listed with EPSY 828)
An examination of the methods of community-based psychological intervention and evaluation.

PSYC 823 Programme Development and Evaluation (3)
An advanced seminar on approaches and techniques relevant to the development and evaluation of mental health programs.

PSYC 824 History of Psychology (3)
A survey of the origins of modern psychology.

PSYC 826 Systems in Psychology (3)
An examination of a variety of theoretical approaches and methodologies in contemporary psychology.

PSYC 830 Personality Theory (3)
An in-depth and comparative study of various personality theories.

PSYC 831 Advanced Child Psychopathology (3)
An examination of current theories and research concerning psychological disturbances of children and adolescents.

PSYC 832 Advanced Psychopathology (3)
An examination of current theories and research concerning psychological disturbances of adults.

PSYC 845 Theory, Research and Clinical Applications in Neuropsychology (3)
An introduction to the field of clinical neuropsychology. Theory and research regarding brain-behavior relationships will be comprehensively and critically examined with regard to their applications to applied/clinical problems and issues.

PSYC 846 Neuropsychological Assessment (3)
A hands-on course dealing with the administration and interpretation of selected clinical neuropsychological tests. The role of clinical neuropsychology as both a clinical and a research oriented discipline will be emphasized.

PSYC 847 Selected Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience (3)
An advanced seminar course dealing with current theories and research concerning neural organization and behavior.

PSYC 848 Health Psychology (3)
An introduction to the history, development and current status of the field of health psychology.

PSYC 850 Psychological Assessment I (3)
An examination of clinical psychological assessment with an emphasis on aptitude and abilities testing with adults and children.

PSYC 851 Psychological Assessment II (3)
Introduction to the theory of personality assessment with an emphasis on the administration and interpretation of common personality tests for children and adults.

PSYC 860 Psychological Interventions I (3)
An introduction to theory, research, and practice in the areas of individual adult, child and group psychotherapies.

PSYC 861 Psychological Interventions II (3)
A more in-depth examination of selected methods of psychological intervention for individual adults and children.
Prerequisite: PSYC 860

PSYC 862 Psychological Interventions III: Group Therapy (3)
An intensive study of the theoretical bases and practical applications of various models of group psychotherapy.
Prerequisite: PSYC 860

PSYC 863 Psychological Interventions IV: Family Therapy (3)
An examination of the theory and practice of various family therapies.
Prerequisite: PSYC 860

PSYC 865CL Comprehensive Examination in Clinical Psychology (1)
Comprehensive exam for clinical doctoral students.

PSYC 865EA  Comprehensive Examination in Experimental and Applied Psychology (1)
Comprehensive exam for Experimental and Applied doctoral students.

PSYC 870-875 Practica in Clinical Psychology (1)
A combination of instruction and supervised psychological experience in a variety of applied/clinical settings. Several practica may be taken.
Prerequisite: Approval of Department Head and Director of Clinical Training

PSYC 876-879 Internship in Clinical Psychology (1)
A combination of instruction and supervised psychological experience in an applied/clinical setting conducted over a four-month period.
Prerequisite: Approval of Department Head and Director of Clinical Training

PSYC 880AA Predoctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology (Preparation) (1)
Students in the initial stages of research, preparation, application and interview for the predoctoral residency may register in section AA. Students actually commencing a twelve-month internship will register in AB.

PSYC 880AB Predoctoral Residency in Clinical Psychology (3)
A twelve-month internship placement in an applied/clinical setting.  Students actually commencing a twelve-month internship will register in AB.

PSYC 881 Advanced Human Information Processing (3)
The objective of this course is to examine some selective topics in the study of cognitive processes. Students are required to design and conduct experimental or modeling studies on topics in visual perception, attention, memory or reasoning.

PSYC 890AA-ZZ Directed Readings in Psychology (Variable credit 1-3)
Directed readings in selected topics in Psychology.
Prerequisite: Approval of Department Head.

PSYC 900AA MA Graduate Seminar in Psychology (1)
A seminar for MA students in psychology devoted to the study of special topics, professional issues, and reports on research projects by graduate students, faculty, and associates of the department.

PSYC 900AB PhD Graduate Seminar in Psychology (1)
A seminar offered to PhD students in clinical psychology devoted to the study of special topics, professional issues, and reports on reseach projects by graduate students, faculty and associates of the department.

PSYC 901 Thesis Research (Variable credit 1-15)
Thesis research.