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PsyD in Psychology – Clinical

The PhD in Psychology - Clinical program is intended for students planning for a professional practice in clinical psychology.

The program trains clinical practitioners who are equipped to develop a competent and responsible professional practice in the areas of assessment, intervention, consultation and supervision.

Students must allow 4 years to complete the professional doctorate in clinical psychology program, i.e. 3 years of schooling and a 1-year internship.

During this period, you will be exposed to approaches other than those you may already know and prefer.

There are 2 options in the PsyD program:

  • Clinical psychology
  • NEW! Clinical neuropsychology


PsyD – Clinical psychology option


The goal of this option is to allow all students to acquire basic and essential skills through practice and critical integration: relations, assessment, intervention, supervision and consultation, research and critical analysis.

The program also provides students with the possibility of customizing their academic path and developing expertise reflecting their specific interests, organized around varied target client groups and theoretical approaches.

The clinical psychology option comprises 46 course credits, 60 credits for training periods and internships and 24 credits for the doctoral essay (6 credits for the proposal and 18 for the essay).

Questions about the program?

See our information brochure on graduate programs (in French).

Contact us by e-mail.

Program Supervisor
Marie Achille

PsyD – Clinical neuropsychology option

The clinical neuropsychology option offers training based on clinical practice. It is aimed at developing 7 basic competencies considered essential for the practice of neuropsychology by licensing bodies (OPQ, SCP): interpersonal relations, assessment/diagnosis, intervention, research, ethics and standards, consultation and supervision.

The option comprises a minimum of 45 course credits, 57 credits for training periods and internships and 24 for the doctoral essay.

Core courses include:

  • System neurosciences
  • Neuropsychological syndromes in adults
  • Neuropsychological syndromes in children
  • Neuropsychological assessment of adults/seniors
  • Neuropsychological assessment of children/teens
  • Psychopathology and assessment
  • Professional organization and ethics
  • Neuropsychology and intervention methods

Students must also take 6 courses in research methods (3 credits), statistics (3 credits), intervention (6 credits) and advanced neuropsychology (6 credits). One elective course relating to their clinical training completes their course load. Three of the courses in the program are offered at the UdeM Laval Campus. Note that all the training periods for this program are offered at the Interprofessional Clinic on the Laval Campus.

Capacity: Every year, 12 new students are admitted to the program.

Questions about the program?

See our information brochure on graduate programs (in French).

Contact us by e-mail..

Program supervisor:
Bruno Gauthier


This doctoral program is certified by the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec and allows graduates to obtain the "Certificate of training to assess neuropsychological disorders” as required by Bill 21.Under this legislation, adopted in September 2012, the assessment of neuropsychological disorders became an act reserved to certified psychologists.

In addition, the DPsy program - Clinical Neuropsychology Option, is now being certified by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and the process should be completed in the fall of 2014.

The + of studying Psychology at the Université de Montréal!

  • Our test library comprises over 1,000 tests for teaching, internships and research.
  • Our faculty is recognized worldwide. Our professors are very active in research.
  • A 4-year program of study leading to the profession of clinician.
  • British firm QS ranks the Université de Montréal among the top 150 universities on the planet in psychology, while the US News puts UdeM 7th in the world in neuroscience and behavior.