Program in Clinical Psychology

Objectives of the Clinical Program

The primary objective of the clinical psychology program is to provide doctoral level training that prepares students for careers as professional psychologists competent in psychological assessment, intervention, research and evaluation in academic and clinical settings.  Following the scientist-practitioner model, the program places strong emphasis on research training and experience through formal course work, research projects, and a doctoral dissertation. Research experience is balanced with professional clinical training, with all clinical skills courses taught by licenced clinical psychologists (either clinical faculty or occasionally clinical associates). The general theoretical orientation of the program falls within the biopsychosocial perspective, although faculty interests span a number of domains, including child and adolescent clinical psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, forensic psychology, cognitive-behavioural, human sexuality, and women's issues.

The clinical psychology program at UNB offers students generalist training. Thus, students obtain core knowledge in assessment and intervention for both child and adult populations. This generalist orientation is intended to provide students with skills that will equip them for professional practice in both rural and urban settings, opening the door for increased opportunities after graduation.

The program has been designed to provide students with the academic and professional training necessary to meet the requirements for licensing with the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick. Following our last site visit in 2013-2014, the doctoral program in clinical psychology was re-accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association for a period of 5 years. Our next site visit will take place in 2018-2019. More information about the Canadian Psychological Association and accreditation can be found on or by contacting the accreditation office.