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Psychology

Psychology

Location

Location

  • Department of Psychology
  • Stewart Biological Sciences Building, Room W8/33A
  • 1205 Dr. Penfield Avenue
  • Montreal, QC H3A 1B1
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-6124/514-398-6100
  • Fax: 514-398-4896
  • Email: gradsec [at] ego [dot] psych [dot] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.psych.mcgill.ca

About Psychology

About Psychology

The aim of the Experimental program is to provide students with an environment in which they are free to develop skills and expertise that will serve during a professional career of teaching and research as a psychologist. Coursework and other requirements are at a minimum. Success in the program depends on the student's ability to organize unscheduled time for self education. Continuous involvement in research planning and execution is considered a very important component of the student's activities. Students are normally expected to do both master’s and doctoral study.

M.A. and M.Sc. degrees may be awarded in Experimental Psychology, but only as a step to the Ph.D.—students undergo formal evaluation beginning with the submission of their master's requirements (thesis or fast-track paper) to enter Ph.D. 2.

The Clinical program adheres to the scientist practitioner model and as such is designed to train students for careers in university teaching or clinical research, and for service careers (working with children or adults in hospital, clinical, or educational settings). Most of our clinical graduates combine service and research roles. While there are necessarily many more course requirements than in the Experimental program, the emphasis is again on research training. There is no master’s program in Clinical Psychology; students are expected to complete the full program leading to a doctoral degree.

Research interests of members of the Psychology Department include animal learning, behavioural neuroscience, clinical, child development, cognitive science, health psychology, psychology of language, perception, quantitative psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology.

Facilities for advanced research in a variety of fields are available within the Department itself. In addition, arrangements exist with the Departments of Psychology at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, Allan Memorial Institute, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, and the Montreal General Hospital, to permit graduate students to undertake research in a hospital setting.

Students interested in neuroscience may apply to graduate programs in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience (IPN) department and work with an IPN supervisor from the Department of Psychology. For information about programs offered by the IPN department, see Programs, Courses and University Regulations > Faculty of Medicine > Graduate > Academic Programs > Neuroscience (Integrated Program in) and www.mcgill.ca/ipn.

For full information about all programs and financial aid, and for application forms, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Psychology.

Ph.D. Option in Language Acquisition (LAP)

Information about this option is available from the Department and at: www.psych.mcgill.ca/lap.html.

Ph.D. Option in Psychosocial Oncology (PSO)

A cross-disciplinary option in Psychosocial Oncology is offered within the existing Ph.D. program in Psychology. Information about this option is available from the Department and at: www.medicine.mcgill.ca/oncology/programs/programs_psychosocialoncology.asp.

Faculty of Arts > Graduate > Academic Programs > Psychology > Master of Arts (M.A.); Psychology (Thesis) (45 credits)
Candidates must demonstrate a sound knowledge of modern psychological theory, of its historical development, and of the logic of statistical methods as used in psychological research. Candidates will be expected to have an understanding of the main lines of current work in areas other than their own field of specialization.
Faculty of Science > Graduate > Academic Programs > Psychology > Master of Science (M.Sc.); Psychology (Thesis) (45 credits)
Candidates must demonstrate a sound knowledge of modern psychological theory, of its historical development, and of the logic of statistical methods as used in psychological research. Candidates will be expected to have an understanding of the main lines of current work in areas other than their own field of specialization.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Language Acquisition
This unique interdisciplinary program focuses on the scientific exploration of language acquisition by different kinds of learners in diverse contexts. Students in the Language Acquisition Program are introduced to theoretical and methodological issues on language acquisition from the perspectives of cognitive neuroscience, theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, education, communication sciences and disorders, and neuropsychology.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Psychosocial Oncology
The Department of Oncology, in conjunction with the Ingram School of Nursing, the Department of Psychology and the School of Social Work, has developed the cross-disciplinary Psychosocial Oncology Option (PSOO). This option is open to doctoral students in the Ingram School of Nursing and in the Department of Psychology who are interested in broadening their knowledge of psychosocial issues in oncology.

Psychology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Psychology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program depends on an evaluation of students' research interests and their aptitude for original contributions to knowledge and, if applicable, for professional contributions in the applied field.

The usual requirement for admission is an Honours or majors degree (B.A. or B.Sc.) in Psychology. This usually includes an introductory course plus twelve courses in psychology (each equivalent to three term hours). Courses in experimental psychology, the theoretical development of modern ideas in psychology, and statistical methods as applied to psychological problems (equivalent to an introductory course) are essential. Applicants' knowledge of relevant biological, physical, and social sciences is considered. Students applying to the clinical program are advised to complete 42 specific undergraduate credits in psychology as specified by the Order of Psychologists of Quebec.

Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree but who have not met these usual requirements should consult the Graduate Program Director to determine which (if any) courses must be completed before an application can be considered. Students with insufficient preparation for graduate work may register as Special Students (undergraduate level) in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science, and follow an appropriate course of study. Such registration requires the permission of the Department but carries no advantage with respect to a student's eventual admission to graduate studies.

Applicants should note that the deadline for many scholarships and fellowships is about four months earlier than the application deadlines and that applications for scholarships and fellowships should be submitted through their home university.

Applicants with little or no background in psychology are not required to submit scores on the subject component of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We highly recommend to all other students to submit scores on the subject component of the GRE. If you did not take the GRE subject test and are accepted into the program, you may be asked to take it in April. All applicants must take the GRE if they have studied in an English-speaking university. Canadians who have not studied in an English institution are not required to submit the GRE.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • A completed Psychology Summary Sheet [.rtf] (upload in Academic Information Background Form)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – All applicants must take the GRE if they have studied in an English-speaking university. Canadians who have not studied in an English institution are not required to submit the GRE.

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Dec. 15 Fall: Dec. 15 Fall: Dec. 15
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Psychology Faculty

Psychology Faculty

Chair
David Zuroff
Emeritus Professors
A.S. Bregman; M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Yale)
D. Donderi; B.A., B.Sc.(Chic.), Ph.D.(C'nell)
V. Douglas; B.A.(Qu.), M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.(Mich.)
K.B.J. Franklin; B.A., M.A.(Auck.), Ph.D.(Lond.)
A.A.J. Marley; B.Sc.(Birm.), Ph.D.(Penn.)
R. Melzack; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (E.P. Taylor Emeritus Professor of Psychology)
P. Milner; B.Sc.(Leeds), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
Y. Oshima-Takane; B.A.(Tokyo Women’s Christian Univ.), M.A.(Tokyo), Ph.D.(McG.)
J.O. Ramsay; B.Ed.(Alta.), Ph.D.(Princ.)
Y. Takane; B.L., M.A.(Tokyo), Ph.D.(N. Carolina)
N. White; B.A.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(Pitt.)
Professors
F.E. Aboud; B.A.(Tor.), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
M. Baldwin; B.A.(Tor.), M.A., Ph.D.(Wat.)
I.M. Binik; B.A.(NYU), M.A., Ph.D.(Penn.)
B. Ditto; B.S.(Iowa), Ph.D.(Ind.)
F.H. Genesee; B.A.(W. Ont.), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
R. Koestner; B.A., Ph.D.(Roch.)
D.J. Levitin; A.B.(Stan.), M.S., Ph.D.(Ore.) (James McGill Professor)
J. Lydon; B.A.(Notre Dame), M.A., Ph.D.(Wat.)
J. Mogil; B.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Calif.-LA) (E.P. Taylor Professor of Psychology) (Canada Research Chair in Genetics of Pain)
D.S. Moskowitz; B.S.(Kirkland), M.A., Ph.D.(Conn.)
K. Nader; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.) (James McGill Professor)
D.J. Ostry; B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
C. Palmer; B.Sc.(Mich.), M.Sc.(Rutg.), Ph.D.(C’nell) (Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuropsychology Performance)
M. Petrides; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Cant.)
R.O. Pihl; B.A.(Lawrence), Ph.D.(Ariz.)
B. Sherwin; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(C'dia) (Canada Research Chair in Hormones, Brain and Cognition)
T.R. Shultz; B.A.(Minn.), Ph.D.(Yale)
M. Sullivan; B.A.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(C'dia) (Canada Research Chair in Behavioral Health)
D.M. Taylor; M.A., Ph.D.(W. Ont.)
D.C. Zuroff; B.A.(Harv.), M.A., Ph.D.(Conn.)
Associate Professors
A.G. Baker; B.A.(Br. Col.), M.A., Ph.D.(Dal.)
E.S. Balaban; B.A.(Mich. St.), Ph.D.(Rockefeller)
Y. Chudasama; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Cardiff)
H. Hwang; B.A.(Chung-Ang), Ph.D.(McG.)
B. Knauper; Dr. phil.(Germany, Mannheim)
M.J. Mendelson; B.Sc.(McG.), A.M., Ph.D.(Harv.)
G. O'Driscoll; B.A.(Welles.), Ph.D.(Harv.) (William Dawson Scholar)
K. Onishi; B.A.(Brown), M.A., Ph.D.(Ill.)
M. Pompeiana; M.D., Ph.D.(Pisa)
Z. Rosberger; B.Sc.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(C'dia) (Part-time)
D. Titone; B.A.(NYU), M.A., Ph.D.(SUNY, Binghamton) (Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language and Memory)
Assistant Professors
J. Bartz; B.A.(C'dia), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
I. Bradley; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Wat.) (Part-time)
M. Dirks; B.A.(McM.), M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D.(Yale)
J. Ristic; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Br. Col.) (William Dawson Scholar)
H.-T. Yu; B.S.(Taiwan), M.S., M.A., Ph.D.(Ill.-Urbana-Champaign)
Lecturers
R. Amsel, P. Carvajal
Associate Members
Anesthesia: T. Coderre
Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre: S. King, N. Rajah, H. Steiger
Jewish General Hospital: B Thombs, P. Zelkowitz
McGill Vision Research Centre: C. Baker, R. Hess, F.A.A. Kingdom, K. Mullen
Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital: J. Armony, A. Dagher, L.K. Fellows, D. Guitton, M. Jones-Gotman, M. Lepage, B. Milner, E. Ruthazer, W. Sossin, V. Sziklas, R. Zatorre
Schulich School of Music: S. MacAdams
Psychiatry: D. Dunkley, M. Leyton, J. Pruessner, A. Raz
Adjunct Professors
M. Bruck, S. Burstein, P. Delisle, J. Gradinger, S. Harnad, Z. Pleszewski, A.G. Ryder, P. Zelazo
Part-Time Appointments
E. Foley, J. LeGallais

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Psychology (Thesis) (45 credits)

For more information, see Master of Science (M.Sc.); Psychology (Thesis) (45 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology

All candidates for the Ph.D. degree must demonstrate broad scholarship, mastery of current theoretical issues in psychology and their historical development, and a detailed knowledge of their special field. Great emphasis is placed on the development of research skills, and the dissertation forms the major part of the evaluation at the Ph.D. level. Ph.D. ...

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Language Acquisition

Students must satisfy all program requirements for the Ph.D. in Psychology. The Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic relating to language acquisition, approved by the LAP committee.

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Language Acquisition.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Psychosocial Oncology

The Ph.D. thesis topic must be germane to psychosocial oncology and approved by the PSO coordinating committee.

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Psychosocial Oncology.

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