Ph.D. in Psychology

  • A program of study and research in the psychology field leading to the degree of Doctorate of Philosophy
  • Strongly research-oriented, although practical courses such as quantitative methods, testing and behaviour modification are available
  • Students admitted to the PhD in Psychology have the opportunity to pursue a Concentration in Quantitative Methodology.
  • Graduates from both our MA and PhD programs have found employment as social science researchers in a variety of venues including academia (postdoctoral research positions and tenure-track faculty positions), federal government agencies (Department of National Defence, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, National Research Council, Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Transport Canada), educational settings (school boards; early childhood agencies), health-related agencies, hospital settings (the Eye Institute at the Ottawa General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and private companies such as Telus Health Solutions.
  • This degree does not offer training in applied areas (e.g. clinical, educational, counselling psychology, etc)

Please visit our Graduate Research Showcase to read papers authored by current graduate students in our MA and Ph.D. programs.

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“When I moved across the country to complete my Masters in Psychology, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, from the very start of that program, until the very end of my PhD, the Carleton Psychology department supported, encouraged, and guided me toward a future that I am extremely grateful for. I have had the opportunity to travel, teach, and develop skill sets as a researcher that I can be proud of. While I found the entire department friendly and collegial, the forensic faculty in particular, made my experience everything that it was. They are enthusiastic to share their expertise, they recognize student achievement, and they take it upon themselves to understand each student’s goals, and then challenge and champion them. The relationships I’ve formed continue to be valuable as I move into a career.”


– Brittany Blaskovits, Ph.D. (2020)