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Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

NOTICE: Students will not be accepted into the Psy.D program for the 2014-15 academic year.
Graduate Studies has contacted the students who have applied.


Please view the MUN Calendar description of the Psy.D. program for all of the details.

Current Psy.D. students can also download a copy of the Psy.D. Student Handbook

About the Psy.D. program

In Fall 2009, the Department of Psychology, in collaboration with the Counselling Centre, began offering a graduate program in clinical psychology that leads to the degree of Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.). The goal of the Psy.D. program is to offer comprehensive, high-level training in the practice of clinical psychology that will help to address not only the provincial need but also the need reported across Canada for well-trained doctoral level clinical psychologists. In the Psy.D. model, the emphasis is on developing strong and knowledgeable professionals who understand and are educated consumers of research but may not necessarily produce original research as a primary part of their career path. For some frequently asked questions, please see the Psy.D. FAQ page.

Psy.D. Mission Statement and Training Model

Based upon the “Scholar-Practitioner” model, Memorial’s PsyD Program trains doctoral-level Clinical Psychologists to practice in a wide range of interprofessional settings through intensive course work and supervised experience. The clinical generalist training model provides students with a broad and flexible foundation of knowledge and skills in psychological assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental and physical illnesses, as well as in the promotion of overall health. Integration of clinical and research skills prepares students for a practice which incorporates research and is responsive to research findings.

Psy.D. Training Philosophy

1. Scholar-Practitioner Model: Our goal is to promote an integration of research and practice by fostering the development of clinical psychologists for whom research and practice are not rigidly distinct activities. This integration results in practitioners who are skilled in making use of research to examine questions related to their practice. This includes both the incorporation of new information, and active involvement in applied clinical research activities such as program development and evaluation.

2. Generalist Training: Our goal is to prepare clinical psychologists for practice in a wide range of interprofessional settings and in a rapidly changing scientific and human services environment. A clinical generalist program provides students with a broad and flexible foundation of clinical and research skills. Generalist training allows for opportunities to gain experience working with clients across the lifespan, with couples, families, and community groups, and also with clients from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The Psy.D. Program serves the needs of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador generally, and training includes a focus on issues related to meeting the health needs of individuals and groups in both rural and urban communities. Exposure to diverse theoretical viewpoints is emphasized and students are offered a variety of theoretical perspectives, including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, developmental, and family systems.

Admission

Applicants must have an undergraduate Honours degree in Psychology. Students will be expected to have completed senior courses in statistics and research methods, neuroscience, cognition, abnormal, social, developmental psychology, tests and measurement theory, personality, and learning. Applicants who are short-listed will be required to take part in an interview, conducted either in person or via telephone. Please read this additional information about the application process, and visit our FAQ page.

Program of Study

Year 1

Fall Semester

Psychology 6000: Advanced Statistics

Psychology 6602: Research Design in Clinical Psychology

Psychology 6611: Ethics of Professional Practice

Psychology 6612: Adult Psychopathology

Psychology 7010: Practicum in Ethics and Relationship Skills

Year 1

Winter Semester

Psychology 6001: Research Design

Psychology 6620: Principles of Adult Assessment and Diagnosis

Psychology 6630: Principles of Intervention with Adults

Psychology 7020: Practicum in Assessment and Diagnosis

Year 1

Spring Semester

Psychology 7021: Practicum in Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis

Thesis Research

Year 2

Fall Semester

Psychology 6602: Research Design in Clinical Psychology

Psychology 6613: Child Psychopathology

Psychology 6621: Principles of Child Assessment and Diagnosis

Psychology 7030: Practicum in Assessment and Intervention I

Year 2

Winter Semester

Psychology 6631: Principles of Intervention with Children

Psychology 6632: Community Interventions

Psychology 6640: Consultation Processes

Psychology 7031: Practicum in Assessment and Intervention II

Year 2

Spring Semester

Psychology 7032: Practicum in Community Intervention and Interprofessional Practice

Thesis Research

Year 3

Fall Semester

Psychology 6633: Clinical Psychopharmacology

Psychology 6650: Supervision

Psychology 6xxx: Non-clinical elective

Psychology 7033: Practicum in Advanced Assessment and Intervention I

Psychology 7050: Practicum in Supervision I

Year 3

Winter Semester

Clinical Elective

Clinical Elective

Psychology 6xxx: Non-clinical elective (if required)

Psychology 7034: Practicum in Advanced Assessment and Intervention II

Psychology 7051: Practicum in Supervision II

Year 3

Spring Semester

Psychology 7035: Practicum in Rural Intervention and Interprofessional Practice

Comprehensive Exam

Thesis Research

Year 4

 

Predoctoral Internship

 

Core Faculty

Christine Arlett
Jacqueline Carter
Peter Cornish
Sarah Francis
Kellie Hadden
Olga Heath
George Hurley
Peter Mezo

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