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Distinguished by its innovative cross-disciplinary approach to clinical science, the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science emphasizes innovation through novel research programs that push traditional boundaries in psychological clinical research and practice.

Mission Innovators in clinical science to advance research, training and practice.
Goal To generate clinical scientists, who can be employed in all professional settings, including research, applied or administrative settings.
Values Equity, Collegiality, Accountability and Transparency, and Diversity and Inclusivity.

 

Learn more about Clinical Psychology at UTSC

Program Description & Training Model

Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) adheres to a Clinical Science model of training (see McFall, 1991). Housed within the Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science, the primary and overriding objective of graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to produce exceptional clinical scientists according to the highest standards of research and clinical practice.

Graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC has primary research strengths in the areas of clinical neuropsychology and neurosciences, personality and psychological assessment, and mindfulness- and acceptance-based psychotherapies. Distinguished by its innovative cross-disciplinary approach to psychological clinical science, Clinical Psychology at UTSC emphasizes scientific innovation through novel research collaborations that push traditional boundaries in clinical science and practice. This theoretical knowledge is integrated into our clinical training which supports the delivery of evidence-based assessment and psychological interventions.

A unifying theme of faculty research in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to advance the assessment and treatment of mental disorders, especially depressive and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, borderline personality disorder, and neurocognitive disorders, such as traumatic brain injury and dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease. Faculty boast world-class expertise in brain imaging, web-based delivery of assessment and intervention, and intensive methods of naturalistic assessment.

To learn more about our faculty and research, please visit the Clinical Psychology - Faculty webpage.

MA/ PhD Program Details

Both our MA and PhD graduate programs have a dual focus on research and professional training. Students enrolled in the program will complete coursework, an original piece of research (both at the MA and PhD level), clinical practicum placements, and a 1-year, full-time clinical internship.

Please visit the MA/ PhD Program Overview page for complete details on our program requirements and course descriptions. 

Who Should Apply

The Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science offers a full-time, 2-year Master of Arts and 4-year Doctor of Philosophy degree program designed for applicants interested in a career as a clinical psychologist based on the Clinical Science model of training, as well as research careers as psychological clinical scientists in university and academic medical settings.

If you are interested in applying to the Clinical Psychology graduate program at UTSC, please visit the Future Students webpage.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Initiatives

The Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science (GD-PCS) is committed to making ongoing efforts in support of EDI initiatives. We are pleased to outline some of our recent initiatives below.

GD-PCS Inclusivity Committee

The GD-PCS Inclusivity Committee is composed of faculty, students, and staff. Below is a listing of our current and past members.

GD-PCS Inclusivity Committee Members

Current Members

Jessica Dere, Faculty

Shreya Jagtap, Student

Jennifer Ng, Staff

Anthony Ruocco, Faculty

Aqsa Zahid, Student

Past Members

 

Michael Best, Faculty

Ivy Cho, Student

Andrew Cooper, Faculty

Hanan Domloge, Staff

Minnie Kim, Staff

Alina Patel, Student

Brittany Tierney, Staff

Recent EDI Initiatives

Annual Invited Diversity Speaker Series

Year

Speaker Series Information

2017

Speaker: Joseph P. Gone, PhD

Title: An Alternative Vision for Aboriginal Mental Health Services: Centering Indigenous Perspectives

Description: This presentation reviewed the implicit logics that structure mental health service delivery as well as key ethno-psychological commitments of many Aboriginal communities in an effort to re-imagine counseling services in a manner that truly centers indigenous perspectives.

2018

Speaker: Doris F. Chang, PhD

Title: Negotiating the Therapeutic Alliance with Racially and Culturally Different Clients

Description: This experiential workshop, a) explored research findings regarding the effects of client-therapist racial mismatches on therapy process and outcome from diverse theoretical perspectives, b) reflected on personal biases, values, and assumptions that shape our interactions with diverse clients, and c) explored relational and mindfulness-based strategies for bridging experiential distance due to race or cultural difference.

2019

Speaker: Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD

Title: The DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview

Description: This workshop discussed the need for person-centered cultural assessment and focused on implementation of the CFI in routine clinical practice across a diversity of service sectors and patient groups.

2020

Speaker: Monnica Williams, PhD, C. Psych

Title: Microaggressions in Clinical Care

Description: This talk covered topics such as diversity and cultural competence, racism and health, defining, categories and examples of microaggressions, and reducing microaggressions in healthcare.

2021

Speaker: Trevor A. Hart, PhD, C. Psych

Title: CBT with Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals

Description: This talk presented foundational information on the use of evidence-based psychotherapies with sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals, with a focus on cognitive-behavioural therapies.

2022

Speaker: Yessenia Castro, PhD

Title: Determinants of Smoking Among Latino Populations

Description: This talk discussed Dr. Castro’s program of research aimed at addressing three major knowledge gaps resulting from a lack of research on commercial tobacco use among Latino populations: 1) testing the generalizability of known determinants of substance use and cessation to Latino smokers; 2) identifying culturally relevant variables that influence substance use and cessation among Latino smokers, and; 3) ensuring the cultural and linguistic appropriateness of assessment tools.

Admissions Initiatives

The GD-PCS welcomes and encourages applications from individuals whose work and life experiences, community service, and unique pathways to graduate school, can contribute to the EDI goals of our department. Below are recent initiatives related to Admissions:

  • Overall, our admissions procedures emphasize a holistic evaluation of admissions applications, including valuing of diverse perspectives across varied and intersecting identity dimensions and lived experiences.
  • Applicants have the option to dedicate one section of their Personal Statement to communicate how their lived experience could bring a valuable and unique perspective to our program. For example, this might include a discussion of one’s identity (cultural or otherwise) or non-traditional trajectory to graduate school.
  • Interviews are held virtually to increase equity and access for applicants.
  • The admissions procedure includes a standardized interview with the Graduate Chair/Director of Clinical Training and Program Coordinator to increase consistency in information gathering.
  • To increase the diversity of our student population, admissions are open to international students on a biannual basis.
  • To enhance fairness and reduce financial costs, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is no longer a component of the graduate application.
  • We have created a series of videos for applicants to the program to feature the perspectives of our students and to increase access to information about our program, including ways to enhance the competitiveness of one’s application.

Registration

Our program is intended to meet the registration requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) at the doctoral level. For information about CPO’s registration requirements, please contact the college directly: cpo.on.ca/contact-us/

Accreditation

The Clinical Psychology field of the Counselling and Clinical Psychology degree program at the University of Toronto is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). The Field was first accredited by the CPA in 2019 for a 4-year term.  

CPA Head Office
141 Laurier Ave West, Suite 702
Ottawa, ON  K1P5J3
Tel: 613-237-2144
Fax: 613-237-1674
Toll Free: 1-888-472-0657

Registrar, Accreditation Panel
accreditation@cpa.ca
Tel: 613-237-2144 ext.333
Administrative Assistant, Accreditation & Operations
Tel: 613-237-2144 ext.328
accreditationoffice@cpa.ca

CPA Public Disclosure Tables

Please see the Public Disclosure Tables that were submitted to the CPA in September 2022.

Year in Review

Learn more about our faculty and student's accomplishments by reading our annual program report: