Launched in 2007, Ryerson University's innovative graduate program in Psychology offers students the opportunity to study in the fields of Psychological Science or Clinical Psychology, with a curriculum anchored in real-world issues. Trained at and recruited from top universities in Canada, the United States, and around the world, core faculty supporting the program bring a leading-edge approach to student development.
Based in a department known for its experiential and career-focused learning, the graduate program takes advantage of its downtown Toronto location that includes a proximity to major sites for practicum training and research, and offers students access to world-class training opportunities. With close to 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research labs, the Psychology Research and Training Centre (PRTC) was built from the ground up, and was designed to meet the specialized research needs of the department. The PRTC is within walking distance of leading research hospitals including Hospital for Sick Children, Mount Sinai Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Rehab Institute. Therefore, it is ideally situated for linking research and practice.
In addition to wide-ranging opportunities for clinical placements in the Greater Toronto Area, our Clinical Psychology MA/PhD program partnered with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael's Hospital to establish a Psychology Training Clinic, which provides clinical psychology students with opportunities for clinical and research training in a primary care setting, just a few doors down from the PRTC on Bond Street. To the best of our knowledge, ours is the only clinical training program in Canada to run its training clinic based in a primary care setting located in an academic teaching hospital.
- Advanced training in Psychological Science designed to foster excellence in basic, applied, and translational research across four core research areas: (1) Brain, Perception, and Cognition, (2) Community and Health Psychology, (3) Lifespan Development, and (4) Social Psychology.
- Scientist-practitioner training in Clinical Psychology, in a program that is fully accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).
- Opportunities to contribute to the advancement of knowledge by conducting and publishing independent and collaborative research aimed both at advancing theory and solving real-world problems.
- Excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary research training.
- Innovative practica in both the Psychological Science and Clinical Psychology streams, fostering relationships among our students and their community, the public sector (e.g., health care, education, government), and the private sector (e.g., business, industry).
- Preparation for careers as experimental and clinical scientists (in university, hospital, industry and other settings), consultants, educators, and a variety of other professional roles.