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Areas of Specialization > Historical, Theoretical and Critical Studies of Psychology

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The Historical, Theoretical and Critical Studies of Psychology Program is one of only a few graduate psychology programs in Canada and internationally available to students wishing to conduct specialized research on historical topics in psychology and in psychological theory and metatheory.

Students in the program employ a wide range of research methods, including the interpretation of primary texts, the collection and interpretation of archival material, and the conduct and use of oral history.

Our faculty members with interests in the histories and theories in a wide range of areas including: cognitive psychology, behavioral psychology, developmental psychology, clinical psychology, methodology, psychology and race, and psychology and gender, are available to act as supervisors and committee members.

Faculty members in the program are actively engaged in grant-funded research and serve in leadership roles across a number of national and international organizations devoted to the history and theory of the social and behavioral sciences. A monthly colloquium series draws on the rich array of expertise in history/theory of psychology, science and technology studies, and history of science available in the York University community, the greater Toronto area, and internationally.

Applicants should have a solid grounding in psychology (usually a BA or BSc in Psychology), as well as some experience in the conduct of experimental research. As part of their program of study, students in history/theory are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to train in teaching and pedagogy (such as the University Teaching Practicum), and to establish competence in the content area of psychology that is complementary to their historical/theoretical interests.

For more information about the program, click here. For questions about the program, please contact the Area Coordinator: Dr. Thomas Teo. For admissions queries, please e-mail

To apply online, please see the Graduate Studies web page.

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 February 12th, 2018.