Clinical Neuropsychology

The Clinical and Clinical-Developmental Neuropsychology Programs are CPA accredited.
The Graduate Program in Neuropsychology (Adult Clinical) has been accredited by the 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: http://www.cpa.ca

For more information please visit the CPA Accreditation Panel website.

Clinical Neuropsychology Stream Brochure 2018 - 2019

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.

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. Please click here for Program Goals and Objectives.

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. For further information on core faculty please click here.
  • 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.

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.