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There are two Predoctoral Psychology Residency Programs at Hamilton Health Sciences, each with separate brochures available (see below): 

  1. Clinical Child Psychology (four positions:  two in the General Track, one in the Autism Track, one in the Pediatric Neuropsychology Track)
  2. Clinical Neuropsychology (two positions)  

The Residency Programs at HHS are currently accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).

Both the Clinical Child Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology Residency Programs have been accredited for 6-year terms with the CPA (2015-2016 until 2021-2022).  Further information on Accreditation can be obtained from the CPA Accreditation Office - 141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 702, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3, 1-888-472-0657, or online at: http://www.cpa.ca/accreditation/whatis/


In the Predoctoral Psychology Residency programs, Residents are exposed to a range of patient populations and intervention approaches through their participation on interdisciplinary teams.  This breadth and depth is an attractive attribute of the Predoctoral Residency Programs at Hamilton Health Sciences.

All Residents in the Clinical Child Psychology Residency complete core requirements in the Child and Youth Mental Health Outpatient Service, in addition to minor core requirements in the Inpatient Unit, Emergency Department, and Developmental Pediatrics. The Resident in the ASD track completes a core experience in the Autism Spectrum Disorder Service, and the Resident in the Pediatric Neuropsychology track completes core experiences in the Neurology, Epilepsy, and Oncology services.

Visit to read the story from one of our 2017-2018 Clinical Child Psychology residents.

The Clinical Neuropsychology Residents are assigned to primary rotations in the Acquired Brain Injury Program, the Integrated Stroke Program - Rehabilitation Unit, and in the Adult Consultation Neuropsychology Service.  Additional rotations outside of their core requirements are negotiated on an individual basis so that each Resident can select experiences that meet their particular needs and goals. Diverse opportunities are offered depending on the Resident’s knowledge base and supervisor availability in a given year. See brochure for more details on each of the programs’ structure.

The Predoctoral Psychology Residency Programs provide a supervised opportunity for the integrated application of the theoretical, clinical, professional, and ethical knowledge and skills acquired during graduate training. Residents are expected to develop core competence in the assessment and treatment of patients with a range of psychiatric, developmental, medical, learning, neurological, behavioural, and emotional difficulties, and more highly developed and independent skills in evidence-based treatment approaches. Supervision in the acquisition and refinement of assessment, formulation, and therapeutic skills is available in behavioural, psychodynamic, cognitive, family, group, neuropsychological, and rehabilitation principles and techniques. Residents are exposed to the work of Psychologists on interdisciplinary inpatient and outpatient teams and have the opportunity to develop skills collaborating with health care professionals from other disciplines, schools, and community agencies.  During their residency year, Residents are expected to see patients from diverse cultural backgrounds.  They also participate in teaching, research and supervision experiences along with seminar series involving case formulation and didactic presentations and on ethical and professional standards.

Funding for the Resident positions is currently $39,800 for the year.  Starting in the 2018-2019 residency cycle, residents are entitled to 10 paid vacation days and 12 paid statutory holidays, in lieu of benefits.  Residents are provided with dedicated office space and technology and current professional assessment materials and equipment.

Applicants are required to complete the standard on-line APPIC application. This site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any rank-related information from any applicant. Applications are due by November 1st.

As part of accreditation, residency sites are required to disclose information about the application and selection process over the last 7 years. Please see the information provided below for more information.

Pre-doctoral Residency in Clinical Child Psychology:

Academic Year/ Cohort

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

Positions

3

3

3

3

3

3

4

Applications

46

75

50

49

57

57

70

Interviewed

24

27

29

26

27

27

31

Ranked

22

26

24

23

24

23

27

Matched

3

3

3

3

3

3

4

Matched as % Applications

7%

4%

6%

6%

5%

5%

6%

Of those who Matched:

 

Males

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

Self-Identify as Diverse

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

From Outside of Ontario

0

0

1

0

0

1

2

From Outside of Canada

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

Mean Practicum Hours on AAPI 
Assessment & Intervention

1,061

792

642

807

681

687

708

Supervision

397

380

313

402

441

356

279

Support/Indirect

1,098

922

756

1,228

1,486

1,161

1,372

Mean Total Practicum Hours

2,556

2,094

1,711

2,437

2,608

2,204

2,359

Residency Stipend

$36,000

$36,000

$39,473

$39,474

$39,868

$39,868

$39,868

Pre-doctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology:

Academic Year/ Cohort

2011-2012

2012-2013

2013-2014

2014-2015

2015-2016

2016-2017

2017-2018

Positions

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Applications

18

21

15

34

37

27

21

Interviewed

15

12

12

20

24

14

10

Ranked

12

12

9

14

18

12

9

Matched

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Matched as % Applications

11%

10%

13%

6%

5%

7%

10%

Of those who Matched:

 

Males

1

0

0

2

0

0

0

Self-Identify as Diverse

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

From Outside of Ontario

2

1

0

2

2

2

1

From Outside of Canada

1

0

0

2

2

0

1

Mean Practicum Hours on AAPI
Assessment & Intervention

476

418

528

818

1132

452

794

Supervision

383

270

177

238

466

370

328

Support/Indirect

1168

1003

908

811

1219

894

714

Mean Total Practicum Hours

2027

1691

1613

1867

2817

1716

1836

Residency Stipend

$36,000

$36,000

$39,000

$39,474

$39,868

$39,868

$39,868

      Contacts:

Clinical Child Psychology Residency Program:
Dr. Jennifer McTaggart, Director of Training
905-521-2100 - ext. 74260 mctaggart@hhsc.ca

Clinical Neuropsychology Residency Program:
Dr. Kathy Smolewska, Director of Training
905-521-2100 - ext. 46872 smolewska@hhsc.ca

For practicum placements, please contact:
Dr. Katie Lok, Practicum Placement Coordinator
905-521-2100 – ext. 77341  lokk@hhsc.ca

Content revised:  September 21, 2017   dlz/KS/JM

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