Research & Clinical Training
A Graduate Specialization in Clinical Psychology made possible through the partnership of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Admission to the Research and Clinical Training sream is granted after the first year of graduate study. Application is made to the program Admissions Committee and requires a supporting letter from the student’s academic advisor. Program spots are limited. Admission to the program is awarded according merit, academic standing and space availability.

Admission to the program stream is decided by the Psychology RCT Admissions Committee following an interview process.
Because Psychology RCT coursework entails a substantial commitment beyond the standard PhD program requirements, there are several criteria that must be met:
  • your thesis supervisor must be in support of you undertaking Psychology RCT
  • your thesis research should be relevant to clinical psychology questions/issues
  • you must have completed the first year of your MA and successfully transferred to the PhD stream before taking Psychology RCT courses
  • you must be in good standing and meeting timelines for program requirements
  • you must have successfully completed the course on Ethics in Clinical Psychology

Interviews are conducted with Psychology RCT committee members to ensure the above criteria are met. Typically, interviews are scheduled in the spring / summer terms prior to entry into the program in the subsequent fall term. Required documents for the interviews include:
  • your own statement of goals, including your current progress toward your thesis and a specification of the clinical relevance of your current research. Clinical relevance include studies of psychopathology/neuropsychological disorders, psychological/neuropsychological treatment, or those using psychiatric/neuropsychological populations.
  • a letter from your supervisor attesting that your research and coursework are up to date and proceeding well.
  • a letter from someone with knowledge of your interpersonal skills, and potential for working with psychologically vulnerable individuals, who can recommend you for clinical practice. The content of this letter must expand beyond your academic skills and instead focus on skills important in the clinical domain (e.g., judgment, empathy, respect, knowledge of boundaries, confidentiality); this letter must be from someone other than your supervisor.

Upon Admission

Once admitted to the program stream, students must continue to meet PNB curricular and research training requirements, while also undertaking additional graduate coursework and practical training. Admission will be limited to 4-5 students per year with a steady state of 18-25 in the full program.

Students who are unsuccessful in there application may continue and finish the degree requirements for their Masters degree - or with the approval of their supervisor and supervisory committee continue in the non-clinical PhD stream.