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Areas of Specialization > Clinical Developmental Psychology

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The Clinical Developmental (CD) Area offers opportunities to engage in research spanning infancy through to emerging adulthood related to clinically-relevant topics in typical and atypical development, psychosocial development, neuropsychology, therapy outcomes, and program evaluation.

Research areas covered by area faculty include: topics defined by age and stage of development (e.g. infancy, adolescence, and emerging adulthood), clinical psychopathology and treatment approach (e.g. trauma therapy, pain assessment, parenting, CBT, attachment disorders, IBI), pediatric neuropsychology, professional function (neuropsychological assessment, expert witness issues, program evaluation), and diagnostic population (e.g. autism, ADHD, developmental disabilities and learning disabilities).

Our faculty members in this area are all registered psychologists. Most members are active clinically—providing supervision, consultation, program evaluation, and outcome research in various community settings in addition to conducting collaborative grant-supported research.

In addition to obtaining rigorous research training, students are expected to obtain core competencies in the scope of practice of clinical psychology as applied to children and adolescents. This includes coursework and practical training (mainly in external practica) in psychological assessment and diagnosis of children and adolescents (including various types of internalizing disorders, externalizing disorders and developmental disorders), as well as, a variety of evidence-based modalities of child, adolescent, and/or family intervention.

Students who are interested in specialized training in clinical neuropsychology can apply to the Clinical Neuropsychology stream after being admitted to the Clinical-Developmental area.

Students are of high calibre academically, as noted earlier in terms of credentials on entry to the program, and as demonstrated by high numbers of external scholarships, conference presentations, and publications during graduate school.

CD Area Background and Mission Statement
CD Area Faculty
CD Area Statistics
Current CD Area Program Requirements
CD Program Requirements for Students Beginning in September 2013 or later
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How to apply to the CD Area

For more information, please see the program area's handbook.

For new students: See the new course requirements for graduate students beginning in September 2013 or later, and a more detailed description of changes.

Academic supervisors who are interested in taking students beginning September 2018 are listed below, in alphabetical order by last name. Those not listed are unlikely to take new students for the next academic year:

Yvonne Bohr
Debra Pepler
Adrienne Perry
Rebecca Pillai Riddell
Jonathan Weiss
Magdalena Wojtowicz

Our Graduate Program in Clinical Developmental Psychology is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). Our last accreditation review occurred in 2017. In result, we are now accredited until 2023 (6 years). Our program is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). APA is in the process of phasing out its accreditation of all non-American programs—including those at Canadian universities. No Canadian programs will be accredited by APA beyond 2015. Also, please note that a programme must be accredited at the time the student completes the program in order for the student to be able to declare that he/she graduated from an accredited program. If you have any questions or concerns about the accreditation status of our program, please contact the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Mary Desrocher.

Address for the CPA Committee on Accreditation:

Dr. Stewart Madon
Registrar, Accreditation Panel
Canadian Psychological Association, Accreditation Office
141 Laurier Ave. W., Suite 702
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3

Tel: 1-888-472-0657 (ext. 328 for administrative assistant) Email:

Contact Us
For more information about the Clinical-Developmental area, contact the Director of Clinical Training: Dr. Mary DesrocherFor admissions queries, please e-mail

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Behavioural Science Building, Room 297
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 1P3

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Areas of Specialization

Brain, Behaviour & Cognitive Sciences
Clinical Developmental
Developmental Science
Historical, Theoretical and Critical Studies of Psychology
Quantitative Methods
Social and Personality

Updated on March 1st, 2018.