Psychological Services

Psychological Services

In accord with the hospital’s vision statement – Caring for You. Innovating for the World – Psychology at LHSC is committed to patient care, teaching, and research. Our staff is also strongly committed to the enhancement of psychology as a profession through continuing staff education and leadership in organizations devoted to professional growth. Psychology Staff includes 24 full-time and 5 part-time psychologists, 1 psychological associate, 5 psychometrists, and a number of support staff and research assistants (see Consortium Staff Biosketches for a description of staff members). We also have 2 psychologists who are full-time faculty with Western University. Despite diverse services and different geographic locales, Psychology maintains its cohesion as a profession through regular meetings and rounds.

As clinicians, we are committed to the promotion of health in its broadest sense, including the enhancement of physical, emotional, cognitive, and social well-being. Compassion and care, coupled with clinical innovation, are distinguishing features of our patient service. Integrated, comprehensive health care is emphasized through program-based management and inter-professional teamwork.

Psychologists at LHSC provide clinical psychology and neuropsychology services through consultation, assessment, diagnostic, and treatment services to a wide variety of adult and child/adolescent inpatient and outpatient programs, for individuals and their families. Clinical referrals reflect a diversity of patient needs and staff expertise. Assessment strategies include cognitive, behavioural, personality, and neuropsychological approaches; therapeutic modalities include individual, group, and family work; and theoretical orientations include cognitive-behavioural, developmental, and eclectic approaches. Psychologists serve as valued consultants to physicians and other health care professionals, both within the hospital and throughout the community.

Clinical Psychology

London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium

We are proud to have joined with St. Joseph's Health Care, London, Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI), Vanier Children's Services, and Psychological Services, Western University to form the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium.

The London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium emphasizes clinical service, teaching, and research. The aim of the program is to prepare residents for post-doctoral supervised practice in psychology, particularly within the health care system. This aim is pursued through identification of individual interests, enhancement of strengths, and broadening areas of clinical interest and skill.

Professionalism is enhanced through the development of strong interpersonal and communication skills, time management strategies, and an overall positive sense of professional self and identity. While clinical training is emphasized, the scientist-practitioner model serves as the philosophical basis for clinical practice, as well as educational and research endeavours. In line with the goals outlined in the Gainesville Manifesto of 1990, the aim of the scientist-practitioner model is to integrate science and practice, and to facilitate career-long integration of investigation, assessment, intervention, and consultation. Psychology Staff at the Consortium Sites endeavour to maintain both an empirical basis to their clinical practice and clinical relevance in their research.

The Consortium views the program as a pre-requisite to the awarding of the doctoral degree. As a result, we support a model of training in which the predoctoral clinical residency must be completed before the doctoral degree is conferred.

Residents are accepted into one of 12 resident positions

Goals of the Residency Programme

Consistent with the philosophy of the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium’s program, we continually strive to meet seven goals for the programme.

  1. To provide all residents with a broad-based training in clinical psychology.
  2. To increase residents’ awareness and sensitivity of individual differences, including multicultural issues.
  3. To facilitate the consolidation of residents’ professional identities as psychologists.
  4. To facilitate the development of skills in providing patient-centred care as part of an interprofessional health care team.
  5. To facilitate residents’ integration of research into their professional role.
  6. To integrate consideration of supervisory issues into all components of the predoctoral residency program.
  7. To maintain the receptivity to feedback from the residents regarding all aspects of their training program.

Information on Accreditation

The London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium was initially formed by a partnership of the London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Health Care (London), Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI), and Vanier Children’s Services. That residency program had its first cohort of residents begin in 2008. The program expanded to include a new partnership with the Student Development Centre at Western University, and the first cohort of residents from this new five-member consortium began in September 2012. The London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium was first accredited as a Doctoral Internship Program in Clinical Psychology by the Canadian Psychological Association in 2009, and was recently re-accredited for a 7 year term, from 2013-14 to 2020-21. The next accreditation site visit is due in 2020-21.

Information on accreditation by the Canadian Psychological Association is available by contacting the following office:

Accreditation Office 
Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Street - Suite 702
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1P 5J3
Telephone: 613-237-2144 x 328 or 1-888-472-0657 x 328
e-mail:
 accreditation@cpa.ca
website: http://www.cpa.ca/accreditation/

Changes to the Consortium

At the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium we strive to have the most accurate and up-to-date information in our brochure, and we revise it every year. Nonetheless, changes can occur for many reasons beyond the residency's control, and no programme can guarantee to its residents that the staff and services listed in the brochure at the time of printing will be available throughout the full residency year. In a programme with as many sites, staff, and services as our consortium, some changes are bound to occur.

Since the time our brochure was published in August 2018, the following changes have occurred with regard to rotations available:

For the Adult Mental Health Track, the Traumatic Stress Service at London Health Sciences Centre (with Dr. Erin Ross) will not be available for the 2019-2020 training year. The London Health Sciences Centre is reorganizing that service and it is not know at this time how it will be implemented moving forward, so we cannot offer this as a Psychology Residency training option.