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Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling & Clinical Psychology
Clinical & Counselling Psychology Field

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Program Length 5 years  full-time Career Path Career in psychological teaching, research, and practice Program Requirements 10 half-courses (5.0 FCE), including practicum and Internship; Comprehensive component; Thesis and oral defence; Colloquium Attendance Program Highlight  600-hour practicum and a 1-year, full-time 1600-hour internship Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Flexible-time option not available for 22/23.

The PhD in Counselling and Clinical Psychology, Clinical & Counselling Psychology Field (CCP) provides training in the theory, research, and practice of clinical and counselling psychology. This enables students to assume a variety of positions in the field of clinical and counselling psychology, including teaching, research and practice in universities, colleges, hospitals, and community agencies offering psychological services.

Program Chair:  Dr. Jeanne Watson

Director of Clinical Training: Dr. Judith Silver

Core Faculty:  Dr. Jeffrey AnsloosDr. Charles Chen; Dr. Abby Goldstein; Dr. Roy Gillis; Dr. Roy Moodley; Dr. Lana StermacDr. Jeanne Watson

The doctoral curriculum builds on the theoretical and practical foundations established during the MA training. Students are expected to conduct advanced research and to develop professional knowledge and skills. 

The principal aim of this degree program are:

  • the development of research and theoretical knowledge in clinical and counselling psychology
  • assessment skills and knowledge
  • training in professional issues

NOTE: This program is funded.

Natania Marcus "I chose OISE because of its holistic understanding of what it means to be human and how this can translate into nuanced and integrative approaches to clinical work."

- Natania Marcus, Class of 2021

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Program Details

All OISE graduate studies programs operate under the umbrella of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS). For information on coursework and other program requirements, please see the SGS Calendar.

SGS Calendar

For a listing of degree course requirements, please visit our Current Students page under Course Plan.

Course Note

*APD3240H: Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology may be waived if an undergraduate equivalent has been completed. If this is the case, APD3240H can be replaced with an elective from within the department of APHD or from another graduate unit at the University of Toronto. 

Core Faculty

​The following are core faculty in the Clinical & Counselling Psychology field who teach courses and may supervise a student thesis.

Jeffrey Ansloos

Charles Chen

Roy Gillis

Abby Goldstein

Roy Moodley

Lana Stermac

Jeanne Watson


Click below for a list of supervising faculty who are accepting students for the 2022-2023 academic year

Who's Accepting?


Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for this program are:

  • A University of Toronto MA degree with specialization in Clinical and Counselling Psychology with a standing grade equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better
    • ​If space permits, we accept into the PhD program students who completed their MA at another institution. These students are required to complete the MA courses for which they do not have equivalence as part of their previous Master’s program to ensure they have the knowledge and skills that are required as part of our CCP MA. 

  • For Flex-Time PhD applicants (not available for 2022/2023):  
    • Evidence that you are a practicing professional engaged in activities relevant to your proposed program of study

We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.


How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2022 are now closed.

Application Details


The academic school year for this program begins only in September. 

We encourage equity-seeking groups to identify themselves in their application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

Program Specific FAQ

Application Instructions

The OISE Registrar’s Office includes step-by-step instructions:

  • choosing your program
  • reviewing admission requirements
  • preparing your application
  • submitting required supporting documents.

Faculty Supervisors

See a list of which faculty are accepting students

Who's Accepting?

PhD CCP Application Checklist

This checklist is intended to assist applicants with organizing their material prior to upload with the School of Graduate Studies website.

  • Complete biographical data and program selection fields. Note: program selection will be provided through pull-down menus.
  • Payment of application fee through credit card or money order.  Note: program choice cannot be revised once the fee is submitted.
  • Email contact for two referees
  • Upload a scanned copy of your university transcripts (an unofficial copy via the institution's student web service will suffice)
  • A response to the following guided questions (1500 words each max):

    What research topics do you want to pursue?

    What are your career goals?

    Please provide details of your research experience.

    Please identify faculty with whom you would like to work and provide reasons for your choice

    (Optional) Is there any additional information you want to share with the Admissions Committee that will inform their review of your application?

  • Upload Resume/Curriculum Vitae


Supplementary Material


  • Official university transcripts will be required to satisfy a conditional offer of admission.  These can be emailed to

Letters of Reference

  • Please communicate these items to one of your referees and ask that (s)he comment on the following in your reference letter.

To the extent possible, please comment on the applicant’s 

·         Sensitivity to others

·         Awareness of own impact on others

·         Empathy and capacity to provide support to others

·         Ability to exercise appropriate judgment

·         Appropriateness of interpersonal behaviour

·         Ethically appropriate behaviour

In your opinion, how suitable is this applicant for clinical training?

Tips for your Application

Applicants to the PhD-CCP program follow the standard application procedures outlined above via the School of Graduate Studies website. Below are a few tips for your application process:

  • At the time of application, students will be required to identify a preference for a specific research area as well as for a potential supervisor with whom they would work if admitted to the program.
  • Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. However, in addition, applicants to the flexible-time PhD should demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study
  • Please Note: Although students in the University of Toronto MA in CCP are given priority over other applicants when applying to the Ph.D., continuation from the MA to the Ph.D. is not automatic. Demonstration of a high level of competence and commitment is required.

Collaborative Specializations (Optional)

Collaborative Specializations provide students with a the opportunity to explore a novel interdisciplinary area or special development that crosses a number of disciplines. 

Collaborative specializations are available with the PhD in Counselling and Clinical Psychology (Clinial and Counselling Psychology field) in the following areas:

Addiction Studies

  • Develops and integrates graduate training in the multidisciplinary field of addictions, an area that includes the use and abuse of alcohol, tabacco, and psychoactive substances, as well as gambling and other addictive behaviours

Aging, Palliative Care and Supportive Care Across the Life Course 

  • Prepares students for specialization in the field of aging and/or the field of palliative and supportive care, with an emphasis on viewing aging and palliative issues within the perspective of the life course

Community Development

  • Focuses on working with community members and groups to effect positive change in the social, economic, organizational, or physical structures of a community

Indigenous Health

  • For students interested in Aboriginal Health research and practice while enhancing mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations

Sexual Diversity Studies

  • For students to engage in questions of gender, ethnicity, race, Aboriginal status, (dis)ability, and class to highlight the importance of exploring their interaction with sexual differences.

Women and Gender Studies

  • Provides a rich interdisciplinary environment in which students can grapple with how gender and sexuality are tangled with questions of race, citizenship, embodiment, colonialism, violence, and other pressing concerns.

Registering for Professional Practice

Students whose plans include preparation for professional practice in psychology should note that graduation from a doctoral program or from any graduate program in psychology does not, in itself, qualify a person to practice as a psychologist.

The College of Psychologists of Ontario regulates professional practice in Ontario and examines candidates for registration as psychologists. Students are encouraged to review the requirements for registration early in their program and to save all course outlines so that they may submit them to CPO as part of their application for registration.


For more information on the registration process, please consult the College of Psychologists of Ontario website at

Program Fees

A graduate funding package is provided for years 1-4 of the PhD program.  This covers tuition, salary for a GA position, and nominal living expenses.  

More information can be found here.

Tuition is invoiced for the 5th year and onward, if still registered. Tuition information can be found via the University of Toronto's Office of the Provost.




The program is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) as a combined Clinical/Counselling Psychology program. 

Initial Accreditation:  2006-07.  Next site visit: 2021-22.

Canadian Psychological Association
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Suite 702
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3
613-237-2144 x 328 or 1-888-472-0657 x 328

CPA Public Disclosure Tables 2021
Application and Offers (pdf)
Internship Applications (pdf)
Student Activities (pdf)
Graduation Rates (pdf)


Contact Us

Program Inquiries: 
APHD Department 
General Inquiries

ORSS Contact:
Anil Purandaré
Doctoral Registration Specialist (EdD & PhD)


If you are a current student, you may contact the program coordinator below, otherwise please email us at for your program inquiries.

Program Coordinator: 

Todd Will

Program Chair: 
Dr. Jeanne Watson