Field of School and Applied Child Psychology

PhD | Field of School and Applied Child Psychology

Our mission is to prepare school psychologists to create and use the knowledge of psychological science in ways that enhance the well-being of children, youth, and families in schools and communities.

Description

Our graduates have a deep interdisciplinary psychological understanding of the complex relationships cognition, teaching, and learning and the factors and conditions that influence the learning process and its outcomes. They are also highly knowledgeable about the interactional effects of cognition and affect on behavior and their impact on mental health and well-being in diverse populations.

Our graduates have the knowledge, skills, and competencies to apply these understandings to inform assessment and intervention practice in the environments of schools and other settings. This program prepares graduates for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.


Student Profile
Amanda Kerry PhD ‘19

Field of School and Applied Child Psychology

Amanda Kerry PhD ‘19

Amanda Kerry began her career as an offender counsellor with the Correctional Service of Canada. Working in Federal institutions for adult male offenders, she learned how common it was for adults to have started on their criminal paths through lesser-degree offences, often as early as age 11 or 12.

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Milestones

Qualifying Exam

The doctoral Qualifying Exam represents one of the major milestones in the School and Applied Child Psychology program. The purpose of the Qualifying Exam is to demonstrate the student’s level of knowledge in a particular area of research and to contribute to the knowledge in the field. The paper should consist of a literature review on a topic of the student’s choice. It is expected that the literature review will culminate into a strong research question. It is strongly recommended that the student choose a topic related to their dissertation topic in order to make clear the theoretical and methodological foundations of the topic of interest prior to writing their dissertation.

It is expected that students will complete their Qualifying Exam within the first year of the program. The paper will be read by two people: the student’s supervisor and a second reader.  Each reader will determine independently if the paper should be deemed as a pass or fail. The readers will also provide feedback on the paper upon request. If one or both of the readers do not believe the paper is of passing quality, the student will have two weeks to revise the paper and resubmit.

Given that the Qualifying Exam is a Milestone, it not show up as a course in your Student Centre.  Once you have passed your Qualifying Exam, it will appear at the end of your transcript under the Milestones area.

Please refer to the PhD Qualifying Examination Guide for details on the qualifying paper, registration, submission, formatting, and grading.  When you are ready to submit your Qualifying Paper, you will need to fill out the Request for Administration of PhD Qualifying Examination Form and provide the Graduate Programs Office electronic copy of your paper.

Thesis Proposal and Presentation

Following successful completion of the qualifying examination and when the candidate is ready to begin work on the thesis, the Supervisor, at the candidate's request and after consulting with the faculty members concerned, will formally appoint a Thesis Advisory Committee. The committee will consist of the Supervisor and at least one additional faculty member.

Within the student's second year, candidates must submit a written research proposal to their Thesis Advisory Committee, and make an oral presentation to the committee in which the research problem, theoretical framework and methodology are explained and satisfactorily defended. The presentation will be open to all members of Graduate Faculty and to all graduate students. The committee must approve both the written proposal and the oral presentation before the candidate will be allowed to proceed.  Once Ethics has been cleared, the student must submit a copy of the letter received from Ethics.

If the proposed research involves human subjects, the student has to receive ethics approval from Western University Research Ethics Board before the research begins. Please see the Research Ethics page for more information.  Ethics clearance may be completed before the student completes the Thesis Proposal Presentation.

When the Thesis Advisory Committee is satisfied with a candidate's written proposal and the oral presentation made to the committee, the student may submit the proposal for approval to the Graduate Programs Office. The candidate submits one copy of their proposal and the PhD Thesis Proposal Approval form to the Graduate Programs Office for approval by the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs.

Only after all approvals have been obtained may the candidate proceed with the research and the preparation of the thesis under the guidance and review of the Supervisor and the Thesis Advisory Committee.

Thesis

When the thesis has been completed and approved by the Supervisor and the Thesis Advisory Committee, the candidate may submit the thesis for examination. The candidate submits the Application for Thesis Examination and the Doctoral Thesis Supervisor Approval forms to the Graduate Programs Office. The forms have to be submitted a minimum of seven weeks prior to the defence date. The thesis is uploaded to Scholarship@Western, Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository, a minimum of six weeks prior to the defence date.

The examination includes a Public Lecture which provides both a valuable means of disseminating research findings within the academic community, and an opportunity for all graduate students of education to participate in and contribute to the scholarly discourse of the university. In accordance with the appropriate regulations, the public lecture will be advertised in the University's Western News and on the University's web site, and be open to all members of the community. The examination normally follows within 24 hours of the lecture.

Details of the examination process are located in Section 8 of Graduate Regulations.

Timing/Delivery

Program Requirements:

Students who start in September 2018:

  • 6 required half-credit courses
  • Required non-credit case/professional seminar (both Fall and Winter terms each year)
  • 4 milestones:
    • Internship
    • Ph.D. Qualifying Examination (end of year 1)
    • Ph.D. Thesis (year 3 and year 4)
    • Required non-credit 600 hour practicum (throughout the program)
      • Practicum locations may not be located directly in London, applicants and students should be prepared to commute to partake in their required practicum.
    • One-year APPIC Internship or equivalent (during year 4)

Students who started between September 2015 & September 2017:


  • 11 required half-credit courses (including one half course in research methods)
  • Required non-credit case/professional seminar (both Fall and Winter terms each year)
  • 3 milestones:
    • Ph.D. Qualifying Examination (end of year 1)
    • Ph.D. Thesis (year 3 and year 4)
    • Required non-credit 600 hour practicum (throughout the program)
      • Practicum locations may not be located directly in London, applicants and students should be prepared to commute to partake in their required practicum.
    • Required non-credit, one-year APPIC Internship (year 4).

Courses

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Program Progression information can be found here.

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Admissions

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Required:

  • A Masters degree (with thesis) in the area of Clinical, Cognitive, Counseling, Developmental, Educational or School Psychology;
  • Normally an "A" standing (80%) or equivalent in previous graduate work.
Although separate admissions are required for the MA and PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology, the two levels are one coherent program. When accepted into the PhD program, the transcripts of candidates who did not take the MA in School and Applied Child Psychology are assessed. Students are required to complete the MA courses for which they do not have equivalence as part of their previous MA program to ensure that they have learned the skills and content taught in the MA program. These courses are listed in their admissions letter. If they believe that they have fulfilled the requirement, they may appeal to the Program Chair for a re-assessment of their previous coursework.

There are certain core courses that must be taken at the Master’s Graduate Level.  If you received a Master’s degree from a different university, and these core courses are not on your transcript, you may need to take additional courses. Students who enter the PhD without Ethics in Psychological Practice MUST take it during the first year of the PhD program.  Given the requirement of breadth when registering as a psychologist, students must also meet the 5 cognate (core content areas identified below) requirements in their upper senior undergraduate (3rd or 4th year) or in their graduate program.  Most of these requirements (with the exception of one; historical and scientific foundations of general psychology) can be obtained through the existing program.   If you have not taken a course that meets the criteria for the historical and scientific foundations of general psychology, you will have to obtain that credit prior to your internship placement.

The five core content areas are:

  1. Biological bases of behaviour (e.g., physiological psychology, comparative psychology, neuropsychology, psychopharmacology)
  2. Cognitive-affective bases of behaviour (e.g., learning, sensation, perception, cognition, thinking, motivation, emotion),
  3. Social bases of behaviour (e.g., social psychology; cultural, ethnic, and group processes; sex roles; organizational and systems theory),
  4. Individual behaviour (e.g., personality theory, human development, individual differences, abnormal psychology), and
  5. Historical and scientific foundations of general psychology (this content area can be fulfilled with a one-semester, senior undergraduate course).

OPTIONAL: Graduate Record Examination (GRE); General & Psychology. There is no pre-determined cut-off score on the Graduate Record Examinations

NOTE: Students short-listed for the PhD in Educational Studies in the field of School and Applied Child Psychology may be required to participate in a telephone or in-person interview.

Tuition

Tuition amounts are set each year by Senate and then published on the Office of the Registrar's Fees Schedules web page. Fees are assessed once each term (Fall, Winter, Summer) according to the full or part time status of students (not by course).

Current students can access fee information by logging into the Student Centre (use your Western email log in and password). Students are notified each term once fee amounts have been posted in the Student Centre; it is each student's responsibility to log into the Student Centre and pay fees by the due date indicated. Failure to do so may result in a late payment fee or deregistration.

For questions about fees, including how to pay fees and the methods of payment that are accepted, students should go to the Student Financial Services pages of the Office of the Registrar's web site or contact Student Financial Services (Office of the Registrar) at 519-661-2100.

Please note: Fall term ancillary fees are proportionately higher for domestic students because part of this fee is the SOGS (Society of Graduate Students) Health & Dental Plan. Health & Dental Plan fees provide coverage from September through August and are collected from graduate students in September. Students who are admitted and have their own coverage will be provided information on how to "opt out" of the SOGS Health Plan.

Funding

PhD students receive a funding package that includes the cost of annual tuition plus an additional $12,000. A portion of the funding package involves either a Research Assistantship (RA) or Departmental Teaching Assistantship (DTA) requiring 10 hours of work per week for 28 weeks (September to April) in the Faculty of Education. Details of the assignments are determined in consultation with students after they have formally accepted the offer of admission from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Taking on the role of RA or DTA provides students with crucial experience for their academic career after completion of the Ph.D.

The maximum term for funding is 4 (four) years or 12 (twelve) terms. Please note that those who win major financial awards (OGS, Tri-Council or other awards valued at $15,000 or more) will be responsible for their own tuition and ancillary fees.

Technology

Instructors of onsite courses use the Sakai OWL platform, although it is not required. Access to a course in Sakai OWL is typically opened the first business day of each term. Please note that although your own access may be granted prior to the first business day, course content may not be posted until closer to the scheduled term start. Your Western University login and password is required to access the course (your Western email without the @uwo.ca and its accompanying password). Access to Sakai OWL is found here: https://owl.uwo.ca/portal.

For online courses, students are required to have access to the following:

  • High speed Internet access
  • Access to a computer that enables connection to outside websites (flexible firewall restrictions)
  • Multimedia playback capabilities (video/audio)
  • WebCam
  • Computer capable of running a recent version of Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox; and/or Cisco MOVI client for PC or Mac
  • Audio headset and microphone for computer