The Department of Psychology, University of New Brunswick currently offers two graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. degree and one program leading to a terminal M.A. degree.
M.A. Program in Experimental Psychology
Applicants seeking admission to the MA in Experimental Psychology can be supervised by any member of the Graduate Academic Unit (in Fredericton or Saint John). However, as this program is administered by the Department of Psychology on the Saint John Campus, all applications to this program are processed through the Saint John campus. Further information on the MA program can be obtained at the following web page: http://www.unbsj.ca/arts/psychology/grad.html.
Clinical Psychology Program
The doctoral program in clinical psychology is fully accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). It was first offered in 1995 and is based on an earlier clinical training program offered at the Master’s level. The clinical program takes a scientist-practitioner approach and seeks to train students for careers as professional psychologists, competent in assessment, intervention, research, and evaluation in a variety of community, academic, and research settings. Its general theoretical orientation falls within the cognitive-social-learning perspective, although faculty interests span a number of content domains, including adult psychopathology, child and adolescent clinical psychology, health psychology, neuropsychology, forensic psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, human sexuality and women’s issues. The program also is designed to meet provincial licensing requirements for psychologists as determined by the College of Psychologists of New Brunswick. One of its innovative features is that prior to their first practicum students receive hands-on training in basic assessment and therapy skills in courses offered by the full-time clinical faculty. The Clinical Program Committee is responsible for all aspects of the clinical program, and consists of the full-time professional psychology faculty, one of whom fills the position of Director of Clinical Training, one clinical student representative, a representative from the Clinical Associates (currently Dr. Rebecca Mills, Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation), and the Department Chair.
The Clinical Psychology Program was accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2004. In February 2007, APA announced that it will cease accrediting Canadian clinical psychology programs after 2014. In light of this development, our Clinical Program Committee decided to seek CPA accreditation only for our regularly scheduled accreditation review in 2008-2009. The Program's APA accreditation status expired at the end of 2008. Our decision was made after many years of deliberations with the CPA, the Council of Canadian Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP), as well as consideration of APA's decision to cease accrediting Canadian Programs. For background information on the CCPPP CPA-only accreditation movement, please visit the CCPPP website as well as the CPA and APA websites.
Information about graduate study in Psychology is also available from:
Canadian Psychological Association
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Experimental Psychology Program
The Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program prepares students for employment in a wide variety of scientific, academic and applied settings. The program follows an apprenticeship model where students are exposed to individualized research experiences within the laboratory of his or her supervisor and, in many cases, other faculty as well. For students who are interested in pursuing an academic career we offer a unique opportunity to take part in a teaching apprenticeship. The goal of doctoral training in the Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program is to produce research psychologists capable of productive and creative scholarship and academic activities in their chosen areas of interest. Graduates of our program are employed in both academic and non-academic positions.
UNB Fredericton offers only a PhD in Psychology, and no Master’s degree. Click here for information on the Master's degree program in Experimental Psychology offered at UNB Saint John.