Clinical Psychology

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Originating in 1963, our Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)-accredited Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Training Program was developed to educate scientist-practitioners in the fashion recommended by the Boulder Model. From the start, we aspired to the highest levels of skill development in both research and clinical practice so that our graduates would achieve leadership roles in academic and applied psychology settings. Over the last three decades, about one-third of our graduates have consistently taken academic appointments and continue in a major role as researchers and scholars, while many of the remaining two-thirds going into clinical practice have assumed important positions as chief psychologists, leaders of large consultation practices, directors of internship training programs, officers of professional societies, and the like.

Our Clinical Psychology 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.

In the Clinical area, applicants are typically first admitted to the MA program with the expectation that the student will continue to the PhD. The Clinical area also occasionally admits an applicant who already has an MA from another institution directly into our PhD program; however, the time savings toward the PhD may be modest (i.e. a year or less) because the year-by-year sequence of required clinical-training courses usually need to be started from the beginning.

Those wanting a terminal MA degree should look into graduate studies in Counselling Psychology, Educational Psychology, or Social Work instead of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology. The University of Waterloo does not offer Counselling Psychology or Educational Psychology.

Faculty and staff

Clinical core faculty

*Clinical faculty accepting new students for 2023.

**Clinical faculty who may be accepting new students for 2023.

The GRE is not required for the 2023 application year. Unfortunately, this year we will not be able to admit any international students into our Clinical Psychology graduate program due to funding issues. International students would not receive funding for the length of our six year program. Please check back next year.

Clinical teaching faculty

Administrative Co-ordinator

Clinical research labs

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Christine Purdon, Professor, Director of Clinical Training

Allison Kelly, Acting Executive Director of the CMHRT 

Marjory Phillips, Director of the CMHRT