Clinical Associates

Paul McDonnell

Title: Professor Emeritus and Licensed Psychologist NB

Previous Degrees (and affiliate institutions)/Licensing/Training Obtained: Ph.D. (Toronto); CPNB #214; IWK-Grace Internship

Clinical Placement/Setting:  Private Practice – McDonnell, Cartwright & Associates, Fredericton, NB

Description of Practicum:  This is an advanced practicum placement for students who are interested in experience with paediatric clients and have some experience or interest in behavioural interventions with children.  Students will receive monetary compensation. This practice primarily involves assessment and behaviour therapy with children under 16 years of age.   In addition to Dr Paul McDonnell, students will have the opportunity to work with Dr Hilary Cartwright who recently joined Dr McDonnell in his practice.  Dr Cartwright was most recently with the Department of Clinical Health Psychology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.  In addition to autism disorders, she has a particular interest in children with fetal-alcohol syndrome spectrum disorders, disruptive behaviours, mood and anxiety disorders. 

The practice has a particular focus on assessment and intervention programmes for children with autism spectrum disorders.  Students will learn to do both developmental and diagnostic assessments of children on the autistic spectrum.  The reports that we prepare are usually quite detailed and have a major emphasis on making practical recommendations.  As well, students will receive some training in writing behavioural intervention programmes for children on the autistic spectrum.  In addition to clients with autism spectrum disorders, we also see:

• Typical children with Noncompliance/discipline issues           
• Disruptive behaviours (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)           
• Childhood fears/anxiety/ OCD
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder   
• Learning disabilities       
• Toilet training/ enuresis and encopresis           
• Feeding issues (failure to thrive)
• Sleep problems
• Individuals who require cognitive or developmental assessments

In addition to the assessment and therapy done in our office, students will occasionally do observations in day cares or schools and will participate in parent and school conferences.  Generally students work as co-therapists with Dr McDonnell however in the initial weeks of the practicum formal supervision will be provided.

Practicum Duration: Preference is given to students that can make a commitment of at least six months. Typically, we see about 6 to 8 clients per week.  In the past students have averaged about 20 to 30 hours of client contact per month and over the course of a year averaged between 200 and 300 hours. 

Practicum Prerequisites: A minimum of 2 previous practicum placements is required.

Contact Psychologist: Students interested in this advanced practicum are required to contact the UNB Practicum Co-ordinator.

Contact Information:

Paul M. McDonnell, Ph.D.
Child Psychologist (NB)
54 Lansdowne Street
Fredericton, N.B. E3B 1T2

Telephone: (506) 457-0826
Fax: (506) 455-0744
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