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Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)


NOTICE: The decision as to whether to accept a cohort of students for the 2015-2016 academic year will be made on March 31 2015.

Please note that February 1, 2015 will remain the deadline for students to have completed their applications. If we are not able to accept a new cohort, students who have applied will have their application fee refunded.


 

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

For more information and a full up-to-date description of the current program including admission requirements and current curriculum, please see this document.

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, the PsyD program trains doctoral-level clinical psychologists to practice in a wide range of 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 assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of psychological disorders, 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: The goal of the PsyD program 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. The aim is to teach students to become practitioners who are skilled in using research findings to inform their clinical practice. This includes both the incorporation of new evidence into practice as well as active involvement in clinical research activities such as program development and evaluation and analysis of case studies.

2. Generalist Training: Our goal is to prepare clinical psychologists for practice in a wide range of professional 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 PsyD Program serves the needs of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador generally, and training includes a focus on issues related to meeting the mental health needs of individuals and groups from diverse cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in both rural and urban communities. Exposure to a variety of theoretical viewpoints is emphasized and students are exposed to a number of theoretical perspectives, including cognitive- behavioral, interpersonal, 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 6001: Research Design

Psychology 6611: Ethics of Professional Practice

Psychology 6612: Adult Psychopathology

Psychology 7010: Practicum in Ethics and Relationship Skills

Year 1

Winter Semester

Psychology 6000: Advanced Statistics

Psychology 6602: Research Design in Clinical Psychology

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 7022: Practicum in Child Assessment and Diagnosis

Thesis Research

Year 2

Fall Semester

Psychology 6623: Child Psychopathology, Assessment and Diagnosis

Psychology 7030: Practicum in Assessment and Intervention I

Thesis Research

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

Thesis Research

Year 2

Spring Semester

Comprehensive Exam

Psychology 7032: Practicum in Community Intervention and Interprofessional Practice

Thesis Research

Year 3

Fall Semester

Psychology 6633: Clinical Psychopharmacology

Psychology 6650: Supervision

Psychology 7033: Practicum in Advanced Assessment and Intervention I

Thesis Research

Year 3

Winter Semester

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

Psychology 7034: Practicum in Advanced Assessment and Intervention II

Thesis Research

Year 3

Spring Semester

Psychology 7035: Practicum in Rural Intervention and Interprofessional Practice

Thesis Research

Year 4

 

Predoctoral Internship

 

Core Faculty

Christine Arlett
Jacqueline Carter-Major
Peter Cornish
Kellie Hadden
Olga Heath
Elizabeth Whelan

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