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

Christine Purdon, Professor, Director of Clinical Training

Marjory Phillips, Director of the CMHRT 

Clinical core faculty

Dillon Browne
Allison Kelly*
Tara McAuley **
David Moscovitch*
Elizabeth Nilsen
Jonathan Oakman **
Christine Purdon*
Uzma Rehman*

*Clinical faculty accepting new students for 2022.

**Clinical faculty who may be accepting new students for 2022.

The GRE is not required for the 2022 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

Pamela Seeds

Administrative Co-ordinator

Clinical research labs


Christine Purdon, Professor, Director of Clinical Training

Allison Kelly, Acting Executive Director of the CMHRT 

Marjory Phillips, Director of the CMHRT 

Clinical Core Faculty

Dillon Browne*
Allison Kelly*
Tara McAuley*
David Moscovitch
Elizabeth Nilsen*
Jonathan Oakman*
Christine Purdon
Uzma Rehman*

*Faculty accepting new students for 2020

**Our new Clinical Psychology website is live! Click the black box below to visit the site.**

Clinical Teaching Faculty

Administrative Coordinator

Clinical Adjunct Supervisors

Dr. Ed Beharry
Dr. Pam Beharry
Dr. Jennifer Boyd
Dr. Linda Bream
Dr. Rick Coupland
Dr. Roger Covin
Dr. Philip Dodgson
Dr. Stephanie Dubois
Dr. Nicole Ethier
Dr. Lynette Eulette
Dr. Dubravka Gavric
Dr. Shannon Gifford
Dr. Carol-Anne Hendry
Dr. Heather Hood
Dr. Christopher Lane
Dr. David LeMarquand
Dr. Brian Mainland
Dr. Anne McHugh
Dr. Alexandra McIntyre-Smith
Dr. Sam Mikail
Dr. Susanna Reimer
Dr. Ruth Slater
Dr. Kate Spere
Dr. Elizabeth Stevens
Dr. Philip Toman
Dr. Season Tompkins
Dr. Julie Torrance-Perks
Dr. Wanda Towers
Dr. Val Vorstenbosch