We have been very successful in meeting our goals. Over the past five years, all of our students in clinical psychology have passed their required and elective core courses and their practicum courses. In addition, all students in the past five years have passed their written and oral comprehensive examinations. All students whose Master’s theses and doctoral dissertations have come to defense have passed. Finally, all students who have applied for internship over the past five years have been successfully matched.
We pride ourselves in accepting the top students in the country to our graduate programme. Each year we receive approximately 110 applications to the clinical programme, from which we accept 5-6 students, on average. In the past five years, only 7 students have left the programme (4 with a faculty member who moved to a new University and 3 for personal reasons). We have a diverse student body. Our current students range in age from 22-31, approximately 88% are female and 12% are male. Approximately 75% are of European ancestry, 12% are of East Asian ancestry, 11% are of South Asian ancestry, and 2% are of South American/hispanic ancestry. These students hail from the top schools in Canada and abroad, and bring with them a diversity of research and clinical backgrounds.
The Clinical Programme has a large variety of training resources at its disposal. We have a very active Psychology Clinic that provides practicum training to all students in the programme through supervision by core faculty members. We are also very fortunate to have a large number of diverse practicum settings in the community. Our test library is stocked with the most up-to-date assessment tools relevant to the current practice of Psychology, as well as a large historical collection of tests.
Our research facilities are also superior. We have a fully research-dedicated magnetic resonance imaging scanner housed within the affiliated department of Neuroscience. Within the department, students have access to a wide variety of research tools, including equipment for brain electrophysiology, eye tracking, motion capture, behavioural analysis, structured diagnostic assessment, physiological pain assessment, cognitive assessment, and, through outside collaborations, genetic and neurohormonal assessment. Laboratories in the department have dedicated site licenses for a number of software research tools (e.g., SPSS, SAS, ePrime, MatLab, etc.).
The Clinical Psychology programme is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. CPA Head Office, 141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 702, Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3