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Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development



The Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development (APHD) is a research-intensive Department, boasting some of the finest, internationally-known scholars in their fields who teach in our five graduate programs: Child Study and Education, Counselling and Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Education, and School and Clinical Child Psychology. Our programs focus on basic and applied research pertaining to children, adolescents and adults.

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Explore our graduate programs

Explore our 1-2 year programs


University researcher
Psychological Associate
Global mental health specialist

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Explore our 4-6 year programs


School psychologist
Early learning specialist
Clinical psychologist

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Unique to our department are teaching intensive experiences within the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School and the OISE's Psychology Clinic that provide students with rich practical experiences to advance understanding and innovation. In addition, faculty research is supported by facilities within the Jackman Institute of Child Study, the Indigenous Education Network, and departmental laboratories. 


Learn about our clinical training programs

Clinical Training


The Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development is a hub for clinical psychology training at the University of Toronto. Our extensive training programs are designed to prepare students to successfully practice in a variety of clinical, counselling, hospital and school settings. 




Student life

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Our students are part of a supportive and diverse community of scholars. You'll have the opportunity to become involved in the student association, work with outstanding faculty, participate in cross-curricular learning, and more.

Quick Links for Current students

"In this building 
full of people 
looking to make 
a difference, 
this is a great 
opportunity to 
be curious."

-Kimberly Kim, 
DPE Student


Research at APHD

Lab Spotlight

Becky Chen talks about her research


Becky Chen speaks about her research interests and expertise in children's langauge and literacy development 

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Graduate Student Highlight

Mark Wade - SCCP graduate studentCongratulations to Mark Wade, SCCP student who recently received the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship and APA's Dissertation Award in Developmental Psychology.



News and events




Why you shouldn't tell your kids they're smart

Kang Lee - APHD Researcher

APHD's Kang Lee comments on a study about the effects of praising children for being smart.

"Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Data in a Study of Stress among Employees in Animal Shelters."

Cornelia Hamann

by Dr. Marg Schneider, Associate Professor, APHD

Wed. Nov 22, 12:30-2:00pm
OISE, Room 9-105
 This event will also be webcast    

See the full colloquium schedule.