Department of Psychology

Associate Professor and Chair G. Hayman
Assistant Professor and Graduate Co-ordinator E.P. Rawana
Professors M. Howe,
  J.L. Jamieson,
  C.T. Netley,
  B. O'Connor,
  M.J. Stones
Associate Professors M. Bedard (Public Health),
  R.B. Davis,
  S.R. Goldstein,
  G. Hayman,
  D.S. Mazmanian,
  K. Oinonen, 
  J. Tan,
  M.F. Wesner
Assistant Professors E.P. Rawana,
  M.L. Stroink
Adjunct Professors M. Donaghy,
  S. Donaghy,
  J.M. Haggarty,
  P. Johnson,
  M.A. Katzman,
  L. Maxfield,
  M.A. Mountain, 
  F. Schmidt,
  S. Sellick,
  E.S. St-Pierre,
  P. Voros
Professors Emeriti of Psychology K.A. Allan,
  E. Bauman,
  M. Dilley,
  N. Ginsburg,
  H.N. McLeod,
  W.T. Melnyk,
  C.T. Netley,
  K.P. Satinder
Director of Clinical Training Program J. Tan
Clinical Practicum Supervisors for 2005-2006 A. Bentley,
  R.B. Davis,
  M. Donaghy,
  S. Donaghy,
  A. Holmes, 
  P. Johnston,
  M. Mountain,
  C.T. Netley,
  K. Oinonen, 
  E. Rawana,
  F. Schmidt,
  S. Sellick,
  R. Smith,
  J. Tan, 
  P. Voros


Lakehead University offers a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Experimental Psychology. The masters degrees normally require two years of full-time study. The Clinical Psychology Program conforms to the scientist-practitioner model of training Psychologists. Equal emphasis is placed upon both components of training.

The PhD program provides doctoral-level training in Clinical Psychology in accordance with the scientist-practitioner model. A comprehensive exposure to the discipline is provided in order to prepare students to deal with the wide range of mental health issues that confront clinical psychologists in northern and rural settings. The northern-rural orientation is reflected in course content, research topics, and clinical experience.


Master's Degrees
Candidates are accepted under the regulations governing the Master's degrees (see page 267-269) provided they also satisfy the requirements of the Department of Psychology listed below.

Application deadline is February 1. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be eligible for funding.

Applicants must hold an Honours Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Psychology with at least a second class standing. Preference in admissions will be given to applicants who have completed an undergraduate thesis or have equivalent research experience. The degree must be from an approved college or university, and must include an advanced course in statistics and experimental design. Students who have not completed a course in advanced statistics and experimental design will be required to take Psychology 4111 in addition to the regular requirements for the master's degree.

Offers for admission and support will be made up to April 1. Applicants who have applied to several university departments may accept these offers up to April 15. After this date, however, offers will be made only to those applicants who clearly state that they are not committed to any other university department. Students in the Clinical Program must have a course in Psychometrics; if not, they will be required to take Psychology 3201.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical and Advanced (Psychology) tests are required before an application can be considered. Besides official transcripts and letters of recommendations, applications must also include a detailed statement of research interests and objectives plus the name(s) of Psychology faculty for potential masters thesis supervision.

Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied in an English school system for more than three years will be required to present proof of English facility by achieving an appropriate standing in one of the following tests: a total score of 600 or greater on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a score of at least 5.0 on the Test of Written Language (TWE); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score 90); or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL).

PhD Degrees
The prerequisite for admission into the PhD program is an MA or MSc degree in Psychology. Besides official transcripts and letters of recommendation, applications must include Graduate Record Exam scores as assessed within the past five years; and a detailed statement of interests and objectives. Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied in an English school system for more than three years will be required to present proof of English facility by achieving a total score of 600 or greater on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and a score of at least 5.0 on the Test of Written English (TWE).

Application deadline is February 1. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be eligible for funding.

Students entering the PhD program with an MA or MSc degree in Psychology from a university other than Lakehead University must meet all Lakehead Clinical-Psychology MA requirements on entry or make up the missing courses in addition to their PhD course requirements. For example, if Psychology 5201 (or its equivalent) has not been completed during the student's Master's program, it must be completed during the PhD year 1 or 2. The Committee on Graduate Studies in Psychology will review the equivalency of the applicant's academic background relative to the requirements for an MA degree in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University (see pages 313-317 for details). Where deficiencies are noted, the candidate would be directed, upon admission, to take the identified courses in addition to the course requirements of the PhD program.


MA and PhD Degrees

A minimum grade of 70% is required in each course (see Graduate Studies Regulations, Minimum Satisfactory Academic Standing, page 268).

To ensure that students are progressing satisfactorily toward the achievement of their academic goals, each student's progress is reviewed by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee according to the procedures established by the Department. Should any students be deemed unsuitable to continue for academic reasons or for reasons of personal unsuitability, such students may be requested to withdraw from the program.

PhD Degrees

(a) Course Requirements
In accordance with both CPA and APA guidelines, students must complete courses in each of four cognate areas.

Competence in each cognate area is demonstrated by successfully completing a minimum of one half-course electives in each of the four areas indicated below:

Cognate Areas
I Biological
Psychology 5111 - Cognitive Neuropsychology
Psychology 5471 - Psychopharmacology
Psychology 5475 - Behavioural Endocrinology
Psychology 5491 - Clinical Psychopharmacology
Psychology 5751 - Topics in Biological Psychology
II Cognitive-Affective
Psychology 5075 - Mood Disorders
Psychology 5111 - Cognitive Neuropsychology
III Social-developmental
Psychology 5110 - Interpersonal Behaviour in Psychopathology
Psychology 5130 - Social Cognition
Psychology 5250 - Evaluation in a Health and Social Service Context
Psychology 6331 - Psychosocial Problems Across the Life Span
Psychology 6531 - Community and Rural Psychology
IV Individual Differences
Psychology 5011 - Correctional Psychology
Psychology 5035 - Health Psychology
Psychology 5055 - Eating Disorders and Obesity
Psychology 5211 - Psychogerontology
Psychology 5415 - Learning Disabilities
Across Areas
Psychology 5801 - Specialized Readings and Research Techniques (one FCE)
Psychology 5811 - Specialized Readings and Research Techniques

Note 1:
Students must choose one half-course from each of the four cognate areas. A given half-course can fulfill only one of these cognate requirements. 5801 and/or 5811 may substititue for one of the areas.

Note 2:
These courses are typically offered only every second year.

All psychology graduate courses for which students meet the prerequisites are open to students in the clinical PhD program. Some courses are required in order to obtain the PhD degree, whereas other courses are optional. A required course may be waived if a student has successfully completed its equivalent at a graduate level. (Required courses must be replaced with optional courses.) (Equivalency for 5000-level courses will be determined prior to admission and stipulated in the offer of admission.)

(b) Comprehensive Exams
Comprehensive examinations assess the student's general preparation for the PhD degree and assess specific areas of study in which the student needs further work (content, methodology, and/or theory). The examinations assess the student's ability to integrate material from divergent areas, to reconcile theoretical, methodological, clinical or empirical issues, and to think creatively. There are two such exams: (Psychology 6811) Clinical Practice Comprehensive Exam which is written by all students in June of PhD Year 2 and (Psychology 6812) Science Comprehensive Exam which must be completed no later than mid-December of PhD Year 3.

(c) Dissertation
A written dissertation proposal must be submitted to the Dissertation Advisory Committee and presented orally by the candidate to the department, preferably by the fall term of the second year. The oral PhD dissertation examination is the culmination of the candidate's research program. It exposes students' work to scholarly criticism by members of the university and gives them the opportunity to defend it. Students are examined by their Dissertation Advisory Committee and by an examiner from outside Lakehead University who has expertise with regards to the topic of research. Oral examinations are open to all faculty members of the university.

(d) Practicum
Approximately one-third of the 600 practicum hours is devoted to assessment, and the remaining two-thirds to intervention practice. The department currently offers practicum placements for psychology graduate students at a relatively large number of local institutions. Students working in these settings are supervised by registered clinical psychologists.

(e) Internship
Before students take the internship they must have completed: (1) all required course work (excluding dissertation), (2) the PhD comprehensive exams, (3) PhD dissertation data collection, and (4) the Psychology 6090 - Practicum. Settings for internships are designated and approved by the department.

(f) Time Requirements
The PhD normally requires a minimum of three full-time years at Lakehead University prior to internship year. Students are advised to remain full-time in their programs until they are completely finished.
Candidates shall complete the requirements within five years from the time of first registration.
Recommendation for a time extension beyond these limits will be forwarded by the academic unit to the Senate Graduate Studies Committee for consideration and final approval.
A leave of absence from the PhD program will be given only for exceptional circumstances related to health problems, parenting problems, or compassionate grounds. Cases will be considered by the Senate Graduate Studies Committee on an individual basis on the recommendation of the academic unit. A graduate student granted a leave of absence will not be required to pay a continuance registration fee and will not have access to University faculty or laboratory facilities. Leaves-of-absence will be considered up to a three term limit; for each term granted, a "stop-the-clock" policy will prevail with respect to completion of graduate (degree) requirements.



See also:
Faculty of Graduate Studies - Information/Regulations
Department of Psychology - Undergraduate

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