A Graduate Specialization in Clinical Psychology made possible through the partnership of the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
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he McMaster Psychology - Research & Clinical Training (RCT) Ph.D. program is an accredited clinical psychology program with the objective to train students within the scientist-practitioner model. We train our students so that they will be skilled in core competencies surrounding the pursuit of scientific knowledge and the provision of psychological services. Accordingly, our training model is focused on: i) rigorous training in research methodology, experimental design and statistics; and ii) clinical training in the areas of adult psychology; including course work, clinical practica, and full-time residency within a CPA/APA accredited (or equivalent) site.

The RCT stream is a Ph.D. stream offered by the Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior graduate program. Entry to the program is at the Master’s level, and typically students transfer to the Ph.D. level after the first year of study. No terminal Clinical Masters offered; students terminating successfully at the Master’s level finish with a graduate degree in Psychology.

The RCT stream augments the McMaster Psychology Neuroscience and Behaviour (PNB) graduate program by providing students with rigorous clinical training in addition to the core PNB graduate program.

The RCT stream is made possible by a partnership between 1) McMaster University Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behavior, 2) McMaster University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, and 3) St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

The RCT stream focuses on scientific inquiry and is aimed at training first-rate professional scientist-practitioner in applied areas of psychology while providing students with the necessary clinical knowledge to become professional providers of psychological services.

It is expected that students graduating from McMaster University’s RCT Stream will demonstrate evidence of competencies in i) conducting scientific research; ii) psychological practice and; iii) ethical and professional issues. The standards set for students’ performance of these competencies are all in line with both the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) and the CPA’s expectations.

Our curriculum has been developed to meet all of the requirements for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (and/or other provincial regulatory Colleges). It includes courses covering research methods and statistics, psychopathology, psychological assessment, psychological intervention, personality, and ethics.

Students complete a minimum of 1600 hours of supervised clinical practica consisting of two 500-hour Clinical Practica (4 months) and two additional 400-hour Longitudinal Practica (8-months). In their final year, students complete a full-year Pre-doctoral Residency. For this residency, students are expected to go through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) matching process (www.appic.org) to apply to CPA/APA accredited sites or equivalent.


The RCT stream operates under the mission of McMaster University which holds that: At McMaster our purpose is the discovery, communication, and preservation of knowledge. In our teaching, research, and scholarship, we are committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence. We value integrity, quality, inclusiveness, and teamwork in everything we do. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for lifelong learning. We serve the social, cultural, and economic needs of our community and our society.

CPA Accreditation

The RCT stream is an accredited program with the Canadian Psychological Association. We are accredited for a three-year term commencing in May 2020. For more information, please contact:

Accreditation Office
Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Ave West, Suite 702
Ottawa, ON, K1P-5J3

CPA website: www.cpa.ca