The Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis (CP:ADE) Program 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 Services, 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 CP:ADE 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.