Clinical Neuropsychology

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The clinical neuropsychology specialty stream provides courses and training opportunities for graduate students planning to seek registration with The College of Psychologists of Ontario and wishing to provide clinical neuropsychological services. Students in this stream receive a strong foundation in Clinical or Clinical Developmental Psychology, depending upon the area in which they are registered. In addition, students are required to take courses in neuropsychology and obtain practicum training at sites providing neuropsychological services.

The Clinical Neuropsychology Stream has Several Notable Strengths

  • It provides one of the only opportunities in Canada to be enrolled in a program that provides a linked set of courses and training for students seeking clinical neuropsychological training.
  • It has one of the largest groups of clinical neuropsychologists in clinical psychology departments in Canada. Faculty have a wide range of interests, work with a variety of patient groups, and have expertise in a diverse range of research methodologies.
  • We are developing clinical neuropsychological training opportunities at the York University Psychology Clinic, an on-site facility that offers a range of psychological services.
  • Graduate students in the clinical neuropsychology stream take all of the core courses required by the Clinical or Clinical Developmental area that they are in and thereby gain excellent clinical training from one of the strongest groups in Canada.
  • York has recently developed a top-notch fMRI facility available for use by our faculty.
  • The neuropsychology specialty stream mounts a Clinical Neuropsychology Rounds in which prominent clinical neuropsychologists and other investigators give informative talks on topics of interest to clinical neuropsychologists.
  • Our location in the Toronto area provides students access to a diverse range of opportunities at hospitals, rehabilitation settings, and research institutes.
  • Application to the clinical neuropsychology specialty stream is completed after admission to either the Clinical or Clinical Developmental area.

What is a Clinical Neuropsychologist?

  • A clinical neuropsychologist is a professional within the field of psychology with special expertise in the applied science of brain-behavior relationships. Clinical neuropsychologists use this knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and/or rehabilitation of patients across the lifespan with neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, as well as other cognitive and learning disorders.
  • The clinical neuropsychologist uses psychological, neurological, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological principles, techniques and tests to evaluate patients' neurocognitive, behavioral, and emotional strengths and weaknesses and their relationship to normal and abnormal central nervous system functioning.
  • The clinical neuropsychologist uses this information and information provided by other medical/healthcare providers to identify and diagnose neurobehavioral disorders, and plan and implement intervention strategies.
  • The specialty of clinical neuropsychology is recognized by the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. Clinical neuropsychologists are independent practitioners (healthcare providers) of clinical neuropsychology and psychology.

How to Apply

New applicants must apply to either the Clinical or Clinical Development programs. There is no direct entry to the Clinical Neuropsychology Stream. For admissions queries, please email gradpsyc@yorku.ca.

To apply online, please visit How to Apply. The program website can be accessed at Clinical Neuropsychology.

Accreditation

The Graduate Program in Neuropsychology (Adult Clinical) has been accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for 3 years from 2016-2019. The Graduate Program in Neuropsychology (Clinical Developmental) has been accredited for 5 years from 2017-2022. Our programs are not accredited by the American Psychological Association since APA is phasing out its accreditation of all non-American programs—including those at Canadian universities. If you have any questions about the accreditation status of the programs, please contact the Neuropsychology Program Coordinator Dr. Walter Heinrichs.

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: accreditation@cpa.ca
Website: Canadian Psychological Association

Additional Program Information

Program Goals and Objectives

Overall Goal of the Programme: To educate scientist-practitioners in clinical neuropsychology

Specific Goal1. To ensure that students have essential knowledge and skills for clinical neuropsychology practice.
Objectives1.1. Knowledge of human neuroanatomy, neuropsychology and neurology.
1.2. Knowledge of principles of neuropsychological assessment and intervention.
Competencies Expected (i.e., skills, attitudes, knowledge)1.1.1 Ability to apply knowledge of brain and behaviour to clinical cases.
1.2.1 Skill and expertise in the administration and interpretation of neuropsychological assessment techniques and in the formulation and of rehabilitation interventions.

1.2.2 Ability to communicate neuropsychological findings and formulations orally and in writing.
Means Used to Assess Outcomes & Minimum Achievements ExpectedEvaluation component of individual courses (see course outlines) and practica and performance on Clinical Competency Examination and internship.
Actual Outcomes Since Last Self-StudyModal course grade in required courses 2009-2013: A
Modal Practicum II and Practicum Ill grades 2009-2013: Pass

Clinical Competency Exam pass rate prior to internship 2009-2013: 100% Modal internship grade 2009-2013: Pass

Attendance rate for Rounds series 2009-2013: 90%
Additional CommentsTraining activities are designed to provide students with theoretical and practice-relevant neuropsychological knowledge and skills applicable to clinical cases and disorders.
Specific Goal
2. To ensure that students achieve excellence in the science of clinical neuropsychology
Objective 2.1. Students contribute to the scientific literature and knowledge base in fields related to clinical neuropsychology
Competencies Expected (i.e., skills, attitudes, knowledge)2.1.1. Ability to design and carry out research on issues relevant to clinical neuropsychology
2.1.2. Writing scientific papers for publication.

2.1.3. Preparing research material for visual and oral presentation to the scientific community
Means Used to Assess Outcomes & Minimum Achievements ExpectedResearch practicum course grade
MA thesis related to neuropsychology

MA Oral exam pass within 24 months of program entry

PhD dissertation related to neuropsychology

PhD Oral exam pass

Publications and presentations reported in annual student reports and CVs.
Actual Outcomes Since Last Self-StudyModal MA research practicum grade 2009-2013: A/A+
Proportion of neuropsychology-related M.A. theses 2009-2013: 100% MA thesis pass rate 2009-2013: 100%

Proportion of PhD dissertations related to neuropsychology 2009-2013: 100%

PhD oral exam pass rate 2009-2013: 100%

Proportion of students conducting an empirical study for Academic Breadth Comprehensive Paper

2009-2013: 60%

Percentage of students with peer-reviewed publications: 100% Percentage of students with refereed conference presentations: 100% Percentage of students conducting research on internship:
Additional CommentsSee also statistics and research design requirements of clinical psychology program

Clinical Neuropsychology Brochures and Handbooks

Program Requirements

Please see the Clinical and Clinical Developmental pages for requirements as well as the requirements listed below.

Completion of:ClinicalClinical Developmental
Clinical Psychology ProgramX
Clinical Developmental Psychology ProgramX
PSYC 6325 Clinical Neuroanatomy
(or equivalent)
XX
PSYC 6320 Human Neuropsychology: History and SyndromesXX
PSYC 6450 Principles of Neuropsychology AssessmentX
PSYC 6330 Cognitive NeurorehavilitationXEncouraged
PSYC 6945 Applied Pediatric NeuropsychologyX
One external practicum with supervised experience in neuropsychological assessmentXX
Clinical competency examination on neuropsychology assessment caseX
MA thesis and/or Academic Breadth Comprehensive Paper relevant to clinical neuropsychologyXX
Dissertation topic relevant to clinical neuropsychologyXX
Internship with major rotation/experience in clinical neuropsychologyXX
Regular attendance at Clinical Neuropsychology RoundsXX

Courses

Core Knowledge: Neurosciences & Basic Human and Animal Neuropsychology

Core Area (CPA)CourseDescription
NeuroanatomyPSYC 6325 3.0RequiredClinical Neuroanatomy. This course provides students with knowledge of the structures and pathways in the human central nervous system, and an understanding of their functions.
Human NeuropsychologyPSYC 6320 3.0
Required
Human Neuropsychology: History and Syndromes. This course provides a foundation in the basic topics and theoretical underpinnings of human neuropsychology through a historical overview of the clinical-pathological method. Extensive readings include classic papers spanning the earliest descriptions of various brain disorders to current reviews of major neuropsychology syndromes.
Cognitive RehabilitationPSYC 6330 3.0
Cognitive Neurorehabilitation. This course introduces students to current topics in cognitive neurorehabilitation with a view to translating intervention research into novel, brain-based approaches to the treatment of cognitive decline.
AssessmentPSYC 6450 3.0
Required for Clinical Students Only
Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment. This course addresses a number of topics in the practice of clinical neuropsychological assessment. Data derived from various sources including clinical interviews, neurological histories, as well as data from various neuropsychological measures, is interpreted and integrated within the framework of individual case studies. Specific topics include evaluation of head injury, dementia, amnesias, and approaches to rehabilitation and intervention.
PSYC 6945 3.0
Required for Clinical Developmental Students Only
Applied Pediatric Neuropsychology. This course will addresses a number of topics in the practice of clinical pediatric neuropsychology. Data derived from various sources including clinical interviews, neurological histories, as well as data from various neuropsychological measures, is interpreted and integrated within the framework of individual case studies. Specific topics include evaluation of childhood head injury, neurological disease, and learning disabilities.
Clinical Practica: Assessment/InterventionPSYC 6440P 6.0:
Required for Clinical Students Only
Clinical Practicum II. In this course, students secure an external pracitum placement and receive training in neuropsychological assessment and/or intervention.
PSYC 6460P 6.0Clinical Practicum III (Optional). This practicum provides extra clinical training that the student and the Director of Clinical Training deem necessary for the student to meet training requirements, such as assuring that the student has sufficient training in both assessment and intervention skills.
PSYC 6910P 6.0 or PSYC 6460P 6.0:
Required for Clinical Developmental Students Only
Introduction to the Psychological Assessment of Children Practicum. This course provides students with 330 hours of practicum training in psychological assessment. Placement in an applied setting is arranged. Regular class meetings with the course instructor provide monitoring of student progress this could be in a neuropsychological setting.
PSYC 6840 6.0A one-year full–time clinical internship of 1800 hours (or 900 hours per year over two years) with a major rotation in neuropsychology.
Dissertation (No course number)Clinical neuropsychology students must complete their dissertation on a topic within the field of neuropsychology.

Seminar Series

The neuropsychology specialty stream mounts a Clinical Neuropsychology Rounds in which prominent clinical neuropsychologists and other investigators give informative talks on topics of interest to clinical neuropsychologists.

Clinical Neuropsychology Rounds is a password protected area, if away from campus users must download and install Juno Pulse client for secure remote access.

Practicum and Internship Opportunities

One of the strengths of being trained in the clinical neuropsychology stream is that students take a linked set of courses that better prepare them to offer neuropsychological services. This requirement also makes our students better able to compete for the coveted practicum and internship sites that are in short supply. Below is a list of practicum and internship sites our students in the neuropsychological stream have obtained.
Sites within the Greater Toronto Area Providing Training in Clinical Neuropsychology:

  1. Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
  2. Sunnybrook Hospital, Neuropsychology rotation
  3. Toronto Western Hospital, Neuropsychology rotation
  4. St . Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Neuropsychology rotation
  5. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
  6. The Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York
  7. The Hospital for Sick Children
  8. The Tourette's Syndome Clinic at Toronto Western Hospital

Adult Clinical Neuropsychology: Internship Applications and Placement Information

Academic Year2010–20112011–20122012–20132013–20142014–2015
Total Applicants42132
Applicants for 2nd (or +) Time00000
Withdrew from APPIC Match (if applicable)00000
Matched to Half–Time Internship00000
Matched to Full–Time Internship42132
CPA or APA Accredited Internship42132
Accredited Match as % Applicants100%100%100%100%100%
APPIC, Non–Accredited Internship00000
Non–APPIC, Non-Accredited00000
Internship Outside of Province00000
Internship Outside of Canada30021
Mean Practicum Hours (on AAPI)2,3582,1251,9681,3691,703
Mean Internship Stipend$24,500$28,000$25,500$24,50$26,750

Admissions, Applications & Enrollment Data

Please note that the years reported in the tables below correspond to the most recent data available and cover the current (or proposed) accreditation periods.

Current Student Activities and Graduate Information