Health Psychology Doctoral Diploma Program
The study of psychological factors in health and illness is a growing field of research both at York University and worldwide. Health psychology research at York University covers a broad range of topics across the human lifespan, including cancer care, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, eating disorders, HIV/AIDS, pain, SARS, and stress and coping. Health psychology researchers at York University are also active in the promotion of health psychology at Canadian and international professional associations.
Over the past year, faculty members in the Department of Psychology, in collaboration with faculty in the School of Kinesiology & Health Science, have created a PhD-level graduate diploma program. This program, entitled the Health Psychology Diploma Program, is intended to promote competency in health psychology research for graduate students enrolled in the doctoral programs in Psychology or Kinesiology & Health Science. The Health Psychology Diploma Program is intended to be complementary to the student’s general program in Psychology or Kinesiology & Health Science. In the Health Psychology Diploma Program, students conduct their dissertation and other research in health psychology, complete coursework in health psychology, and attend a weekly colloquium in health psychology methods, topics, and research, called the Health Psychology Colloquium. The Health Psychology Colloquium is a weekly, one-hour, not-for-credit meeting combining a brown-bag format with support for health psychology students both academically (e.g., creating a health psychology thesis proposal, health psychology statistics, psychology of medical diseases) and professionally (e.g., working in multidisciplinary teams, medical ethics). Although the Health Psychology Diploma Program is offered for students at the doctoral level, graduate students enrolled in Master’s level graduate programs in Psychology or Kinesiology & Health Science at York University are welcome to apply to attend the Health Psychology Colloquium. The requirements of the Health Psychology Diploma Program are below:
- Completion of a PhD dissertation in a health psychology topic
- Two major health psychology research projects outside of the PhD dissertation
- At least two graduate level health psychology half courses or one full year course
- At least one biomedical half course relevant to the student's research (e.g., anatomy, physiology, neuroscience)
- Health Psychology Colloquium - a non-course meeting combining an open brown-bag format with support for health psychology students both academically (e.g., creating a health psychology thesis proposal, health psychology statistics, psychology of medical diseases) and professionally (e.g., working in multidisciplinary teams, medical ethics). The Health Psychology Colloquium must be consistently attended for any two years over the course of one’s graduate student career.
- For students in the Clinical or Clinical-Developmental Areas of the Psychology Graduate Program only, accrual of clinical training in health psychology must be conducted during the student’s internship year.
It should be noted that diploma requirements can largely be met within the context of a student’s degree program in Psychology or Kinesiology & Health Science. Requirements which are over and above those for a degree in Psychology or Kinesiology and Health Science are one half-course from Requirement #3 (either in health psychology or biomedical science) and the Health Psychology Colloquium of Requirement #4.
Prospective graduate students who are interested in the Health Psychology Diploma Program at York University can learn more by emailing Dr. Joel Katz (firstname.lastname@example.org), the program coordinator.
As a result of the growth of York University's neuroscience infrastructure, faculty and research, we now offer a Graduate Diploma in Neuroscience.