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Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Area offers opportunities to engage in clinically-relevant research in psychotherapy process and outcomes, neuropsychology, health psychology and personality.

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The Clinical Area prides itself on excellence in research—with over $4 million currently held in external research funding.

The Clinical Area values the development of clinical skills by offering a variety of theoretical and technical approaches to psychological treatment and assessment and training through our in-house Psychology Training Clinic, and external practica and internships. Students who are interested in specialized training in clinical neuropsychology can apply to the Clinical Neuropsychology stream after being admitted to the Clinical Area.

All faculty, adjunct faculty, and applied practicum supervisors serving as supervisors in clinical practicum and internship training, are members of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Prior to completion of this Area's PhD, students are required to demonstrate:

  • Competence in research into clinically relevant problems. In addition to course requirements, this Area relies heavily on an apprenticeship system. Each student works closely with his or her supervisor and psychologists practicing in a wide range of internship settings for an interactive enhancement of both the academic and practical aspects of the student's educational experience.
  • Competence with a reasonable sample of cognitive, personality, behavioural, neuropsychological, and psychometric techniques of assessment.
  • Competence with a reasonable sample of cognitive, behavioural, experiential, interpersonal, and psychodynamic systems of psychotherapy.

Students who are interested in specialized training in clinical neuropsychology can apply to the Clinical Neuropsychology stream after being admitted to the Clinical area.

For more information about the Clinical Psychology graduate training, please contact the Director of Clinical Training: Dr. Joel Goldberg

The Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). The date of the last re-accreditation by CPA was in 2022 for a period of 7 years.

Contact Information for the CPA Accreditation Office:

Dr. Stewart Madon
Registrar, Accreditation Panel
Canadian Psychological Association, Accreditation Office
141 Laurier Ave. W., Suite 702
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3

Tel: 1-888-472-0657 (ext. 328 for administrative assistant)
Website: Canadian Psychological Association

Additional Program Information

Faculty Member

  • Rodrigo, Achala
  • Boritz, Tali
  • Eastwood, John D
  • Katz, Joel D
  • Keough, Matthew T.
  • Rosenbaum, R. Shayna
  • Turner, Gary R

Faculty Member

  • Angus, Lynne
  • Boritz, Tali
  • Eastwood, John D
  • Fergus, Karen D
  • Fitzpatrick, Skye
  • Goldberg, Joel
  • Katz, Joel D
  • Keough, Matthew T.
  • Mills, Jennifer S
  • Mongrain, Myriam
  • Pos, Alberta E
  • Rich, Jill Bee
  • Rosenbaum, R. Shayna
  • Turner, Gary R
  • Wardell, Jeffrey
  • Westra, Henny Alice

Applicants who wish to be considered for admission to the Clinical Area must specify “Clinical” as their primary area of interest on the Supplemental Form.

It is strongly recommended that you contact potential faculty members to see if they are available to supervise a graduate student prior to listing them as a potential supervisors in your Personal Statement. See our Faculty Directory to learn more about faculty members’ research interests. Make sure to list the names of Clinical faculty you are interested in working with on the Supplemental Form.

Students who are interested in specialized training in clinical neuropsychology can apply to the Clinical Neuropsychology stream after being admitted to the Clinical area. Please indicate in your Personal Statement if you plan to apply to the Clinical Neuropsychology stream.

Non-refundable application fee (paid online) OR Credit Card information submitted with the application. If you do not have a credit card and/or cannot apply online, you can request a hard-copy application form by calling 416-736-5000

Documents needed to apply:

  1. Letters of Recommendation. A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required.
  2. Transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. When applying, unofficial transcripts are acceptable. If you are made an Offer of Admission, you will be required to provide official transcripts as a condition of admission. Transcripts are considered official when sent directly from the issuing institution(s) to York University.
  3. Personal Statement: Your Personal Statement should be a maximum of 2 pages, double-spaced, with standard margins and in 12-point font and contain the following:
    1. Describe your past training experiences and what makes you ready for intensive research and clinical training at the graduate level;
    2. describe what motivates and/or inspires you, as it relates to your current research interests/specific supervisor, the Clinical program, and your broader career goals;
    3. highlight your most important scholarly contribution/product or knowledge mobilization activity (e.g., thesis, poster presentation at a conference, presentation);
    4. describe how you/will you consider diversity, equity, and inclusion in your clinical and research endeavours? You can use personal experience or learning to highlight this.
  4. Curriculum Vitae. Make sure to indicate your educational and relevant employment history, any honours or scholarships you have received, any posters or publications you have been involved in, and relevant clinical volunteer experiences. We recommend that you take a look at samples of how academic curriculum vitae are organized to format your CV effectively. At the same time, there is no one specific format required.

For International Students

  1. Official Degree Certificate in countries where Degree Certificates are issued separately (i.e. Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Pakistan etc.). Official copies MUST be submitted. Applicants should check International Credentials on the following website:
  2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, if English was not the language of instruction for your undergraduate degree. Applicants are required to provide proof of language proficiency if their first language is not English or they have not completed at least one year of full-time study at an accredited university in a country (or institution) where English is the official language of instruction. York reserves the right to request a successful English language proficiency test 404 result.

Submitting your Application

Apply online to the Faculty of Graduate Studies to submit your full application.

If your application package does not contain all the required documents, your file may not get to the Psychology department. As a result, a review of your application by the professor you are interested in working with may be delayed.

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Graduate Psychology Program at

First row left to right: Dr. Joel Goldberg,Dr, Jeffrey Wardell,Dr. Jill Rich,Dr. Karen Fergus. Second row: Dr. John Eastwood,Dr. Shayna Rosenbaum, Dr. Jennifer S Mills, Dr. Henny Westra, Third row; Dr. Matthew Keough, Dr. Myriam Mongrain, Dr, Joel Katz, Dr. Alberta Pos, Fourth row; Dr. Skye Fitzpatrick, Dr. Kristina Gicas. (Photo of Dr. Gary Turner is unavailable)

Award for Outstanding Doctoral Research in Clinical Health Psychology:

  • Brittany Rosenbloom

Graduate Student Award in Clinical Neuropsychology:

  • Iris Yusupov
  • Bri Darboh

Norman Endler Research Fellowship:

  • Julia Halilova

Student Excellence Award:

  • Sara Pishdadian

Learn More

The Graduate Program in Psychology at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.