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Clinical psychology logoOur Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) accredited Clinical Psychology Training Program offers fully integrated training in research and clinical practice, preparing students for a wide variety of professional roles that include clinical research, psychological assessment and psychotherapy, teaching, clinical supervision, and program evaluation.


Cognitive psychology logoOur Cognitive Psychology program provides students with an interactive and enriching environment in which to study mind and behaviour, where you will work closely with other students and with faculty members. The program emphasizes the development of your research skills in the service of carrying out high quality independent research.


Cognitive Neuroscience Psychology logoStudents enrolled in the cognitive neuroscience area will gain a wide variety of experiences in conducting research and presenting their research findings. This experience will be gained via working in laboratories on thesis research and other projects as well as through courses taught by our Cognitive Neuroscience faculty.


Developmental Psychology logoStudents in the Developmental program are exposed to a variety of methods for studying the minds and behaviours of infants and children. They conduct hands-on research in collaboration with other students and faculty members, and have the opportunity to present this research through various outlets.


Industrial/Organizational Psychology logoThe mission of the Industiral/Organizational (I/O) program at the University of Waterloo is to provide students with a well-rounded education that will both afford them flexibility in their future career path and enable them to positively impact the workplace. This is accomplished by exposing students through coursework to psychological theory and methods as well as providing students with hands-on opportunities to conduct research and consulting projects in collaboration with faculty. In short, our goal is to develop exceptional researchers, who can make a difference to organizations and workers.


Social Psychology logoOur Social Program provides an exciting, collaborative, and innovative research environment. During their years here, students typically work with multiple faculty members, conduct several lines of research, and use a variety of methods. They have many opportunities to present their findings (e.g., brown bags, lab meetings) and to attend professional conferences.