Graduate Program: Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis (CP:ADE)

About Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (CCAP) [Formerly Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis (CP:ADE)]

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Fall 2018/Winter 2019

NAME CHANGE: The Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis program (CP:ADE) is currently undergoing a name change to Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (CCAP). All references to CP:ADE within these web pages should be understood to refer to CCAP. Further revisions to the web pages will be forthcoming.

If you have any qeustions regarding this change of name, please contact Kaitlyn McLachlan at


The CCAP Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (CCAP) Program (formerly CP:ADE) focuses upon the developmental paths of children and youth experiencing psychological disorders within the contexts of family, school and community.

Attention is directed to several features including the social, emotional, cognitive, and neurobiological features of normal and atypical development; risk and protective factors that influence the course of development; the developmental impact of stressful life events; and developmental approaches to assessment, psychodiagnosis and therapeutic intervention.

Training follows a scientist-practitioner model in which an integrated series of courses and practica at the MA and PhD levels collectively contributes to the acquisition of competence as both child clinicians and researchers. Students take on cases in our on-campus clinic, the Centre for Psychological Training, and complete off-campus practica in hospitals, mental health settings and schools under the supervision of registered psychologists. In this way, students receive training to allow them to enter careers involving clinical and/or research positions in mental health centres, hospitals, schools, and the private sector, as well as careers involving teaching and research in university settings.

This training also prepares students to apply for registration as psychologists with provincial licensing boards. Our Ph.D. graduates have assumed careers in universities, hospitals, private practice, and school boards.

Faculty in CCAP pursue a wide variety of research including parent-child relational processes, shyness, adolescent relationships and dating, antisocial behaviour, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, injury prevention in children, pediatric pain, parental stress, attachment, moral psychology, stress and coping in children, eating disorders, adolescent heath risk behaviors, parental trauma history and symptoms, acquisition of literacy skills, learning disability, and developmental reading disorders.

The PhD program in Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis was first accredited in 2003, and recently re-acccredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to 2019. 

We have always been proud of the training provided in this program, of the students within it, and of their accomplishments on internship and after graduation. Accreditation represents external recognition of the high quality of our program.

Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis Application Deadline

December 15 is the application deadline to apply to the Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis (CP:ADE) program for the following Fall semester.

All materials, including reference letters and GRE test scores, should reach us by this date. Missing information may preclude an application from being considered for admission. NOTE: If you attended more than one university, please ensure transcripts from all places are sent in time.


CP:ADE Faculty & Students


Accrediated with the Accreditation Office
Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
141 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 702
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3
613-237-2144 x 328 or 1-888-472-0657 x 328

Accreditation accorded for 7 years. Next site visit due 2018-19.