Faculty in the clinical area are actively engaged in both research and clinical practice. All of the faculty are Registered Psychologists within the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Their practice and research interests include child, adult, and family psychology. Particular interests include socio-emotional development of atypical children, health psychology, family processes in depression and anxiety, play therapy, marital and family therapy, cognitive behavioural theory and intervention, and mechanisms of maintenance and change in the affective disorders of anxiety and depression.
Research and training opportunities in clinical psychology are available, and prospective graduate students should determine which faculty are considering accepting a graduate student, and should contact them directly.
Clinical faculty work with graduate students in two different degree programs: (1) M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, and (2) Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. When deciding whether to apply for an M.Sc./Ph.D. program or the Psy.D. program, prospective students should keep in mind the following. First, students pursuing an M.Sc. or Ph.D. receive a degree in Experimental Psychology; they do not receive a degree in clinical psychology. Second, only students admitted to the Psy.D. program are eligible to enroll in courses specific to that degree program; students in the Experimental program are not eligible to take Psy.D. courses. Third, the Psy.D. program, unlike the program in experimental psychology, is specifically designed to prepare students for a career as a clinical psychologist.
The Psy.D. program follows a scholar-practitioner model and its 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.