Practicum in Psychology
List of Potential Placements
All placements must be approved by the Practicum Coordinator. Students may choose to arrange a placement with an Ontario agency not listed here. In this case, please consult with the Practicum Coordinator to determine suitability.
(613) 520-2600 ext. 1354
Note: some placements have a number of requirements (e.g., police check, immunizations, etc.) that must be satisfied prior to the commencement of placement activities. Some of these requirements can take several weeks to satisfy and may result in additional financial costs. Make sure that you communicate with the agency and understand all of the requirements and costs in advance.
- Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families
- Contact:Dr. Kate MacEachern, Senior Research Associate
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: www.atlasveterans.ca
Responsibilities may include data collection, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data, reviewing literature, drafting portions of reports, manuscripts, and presentations, and administrative support on research studies. Other duties may be assigned on an as-needed basis. Our aim is to provide students with relevant, real-world experience in an applied research setting.
The placement will be hybrid with some of the weekly hours expected to be completed in the office, which is within the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. A police check will be needed prior to the start date.
Note: Will begin accepting placement students for the Summer 2023 term.
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
- Contact: Shevaun Corey, Team Lead, Evaluation Unit
- Phone: 343-552-2944
- Email: Shevaun.email@example.com
- Web: Welcome to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – CIHR (cihr-irsc.gc.ca)
The CIHR Evaluation Unit is looking for students to support current evaluation projects of health research and Tri-agency grant and award programs and initiatives, by providing opportunities to apply and develop research and professional development skills within a federal government funding agency.
- Centre for Healthy Active Living (CHAL) at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Note: Students must be available either Monday or Tuesday afternoon, in addition to half days on Thursdays (preferably AM) for the duration of their placement. This is a research-based placement at a pediatric weight management clinic. All placements require a police record check.
- Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
Research placement in Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Contact: Paula Cloutier
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: CHEO Research Institute – Mental Health Research
Note: All placements require a police record check and up to date immunizations.
- Correctional Service of Canada - Incident Investigations Branch
- Contact: Terri Scott
- Email: Terri.Scott@CSC-SCC.GC.CA
The placement includes tasks such as compiling data from multiple sources into excel or SPSS databases for manipulation, data analysis and thematic analysis to identify trends, themes, and/or areas of interest to be presented in Corporate products/deliverables. Students will also learn/review the investigative process (e.g., training documents on how to conduct a board of investigation, objectives of the National investigations Meeting, attendance at process meetings, review of Board of Investigation reports).
Note from the agency: Due to time constraints in completing security clearances, students interested in placement should be prepared to submit previous addresses and employer information without delay if selected. For fall placement, security clearances should be submitted before the end of July and for winter placement, no later than December. Successful applicants must be of good character who possess integrity, honesty, professionalism, tact, respect, and accountability. Applicants will be required to participate in a personal suitability interview to assist in the selection of the most suitable candidates.
- Future Skills Office at Employment and Social Development Canada
- Contact: Kelly Wang
- Email: email@example.com
The Future Skills Office at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC; federal government) is offering a research assistant opportunity to graduate students for Fall 2023. A senior analyst and manager will provide guidance and support to the student throughout. The Future Skills Office is a knowledge translation and coordination office that works with the independent research body Future Skills Centre to advice ESDC on public policy related to skills and trainings. The student’s role will revolve around organizing and translating research for a governmental audience and supporting the development of evidence-based advice for public policy. This opportunity is best suited for students who are interested in seeing how their critical thinking and research skills can be applied in a big organization, how government uses research coming out of academia, and how their abilities are valued out of strictly research settings.
- Conduct analysis, synthesis & knowledge translation of reports and data. This includes materials from the Future Skills Centre such as project updates, quarterly activity reports, annual activity reports, or research provided by consortium partners, as well as literature review of international and grey literature (e.g., think tank reports, official website information).
- Scan, organize, and document research files
- Develop communication products such as PowerPoints, graphs, webpages
- Summarize and update senior analysts and management about work progress and learnings
We especially encourage BIPOC, Queer/Trans and people with disabilities to apply, as well as those with lived experience of precarious employment. A remote position may be possible, but you must be a Canadian resident. As this is a federal government position, a security screening and background check is required for this position.
If you’re interested, please send your resume/CV, including relevant experience (work, study, lived, volunteer, etc.), skills and interests to Kelly Wang at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until we find the right candidate. Successful applicants will be invited for a 30min informal interview.
- Orbis Partners Inc.
- Contact: Dr. David Robinson, Director of Assessment
- Phone: 613-236-0773 Ext. 103
- Email: email@example.com
- Web: http://orbispartners.com/
Orbis Partners Inc. is a firm specializing in the design and implementation of evidence-based services for at-risk and high risk populations – primarily, justice-involved clients. Services provided include assessment, programming, case management training, research, and evaluation. The emphasis of this practicum placement will be on conducting applied correctional research. Students may be asked to conduct statistical analyses, draft results, collect interview data and assist in the production of literature reviews. Note that all data coding and analysis can be performed in SPSS or SAS. The practicum experience could provide students with an opportunity to author or be included on a peer-reviewed publication. Orbis has an Ottawa office (located in Manotick, Ontario) and our parent company is MST Services Inc (Multi-Systemic Therapy).
Those interested should send their CV to Dr. David Robinson at the e-mail address specified above. Within the body of the e-mail, we also request that applicants specify their year of study and provide a brief written summary of their knowledge and experience in both corrections and statistical methods.
- Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
- Contact: Jamie Brehaut, Senior Scientist
- Phone: Coordinator Kelly Carroll; 613 737 8899 ext 73824
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Web: https://med.uottawa.ca/epidemiology/people/brehaut-jamie
A variety of mixed methods projects involving the application of psychological theory to issues in healthcare implementation, including trial recruitment, health misinformation, provision of feedback to health care providers, automaticity in health care decision making..
- Paul Menton Centre, Carleton University
- Contact: Candice Kavanagh
- Phone: 613‐520‐6608
- Email: Candice.Kavanagh@carleton.ca
- Web: Paul Menton Centre
Note: Fall/Winter terms only. Psychology practicum students at the PMC have the opportunity to develop one-on-one coaching and instructional practices effective in supporting students with disabilities create and apply individualized and compensatory learning strategies, including the use of assistive technology, applicable to university-level expectations. This requires an understanding of students’ unique learning profile based on documentation and academic experience. Our goal is to help students become independent self-advocates.
The placement is semi-structured: While direct supervision is provided, we are looking for independent workers who can take initiative, demonstrate professionalism, and maintain student confidentiality. Mandatory training takes place during the final week of August.
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) - Operational Research Unit
- Operational Research Unit
- Contract and Indigenous Policing
- Contact: Simon Baldwin
- Email: email@example.com
The Operational Research Unit (ORU) provides horizontal research, methodological, and statistical support and advice to all business lines in Contract & Indigenous Policing (C&IP) Directorate at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The unit proactively identifies and presents areas of risk, strategic recommendations, and best practices to management/executives. Through the use of mixed methods (i.e., quantitative and qualitative) research designs, gender-based analyses (GBA+) and experimental/quasi-experimental studies, the ORU produces operationally relevant research products. This includes training and equipment evaluations, literature reviews, environmental scans, research papers, conference presentations, peer-reviewed journal articles, and statistical/trends analyses. This provides an evidence-base for sound decision-making and allows for improvements to operational policy, training, and equipment, and standards, as well as public and police safety. The unit is also responsible for developing sustainable academic partnerships and leads C&IP’s geospatial mapping initiative.
Note from the agency: Due to time constraints in completing security clearances, students interested in placement with the RCMP should begin assembling sources for character references, student transcript, previous addresses and employer information. Applying students must be of good character: you must possess integrity, honesty, professionalism, compassion, respect and accountability. Applicants will be required to undergo security and personal suitability interviews or tests designed to assist in the selection of the most suitable candidates.
- Sensitive and Specialized Investigative Services (SSIS), formerly known as the Canadian Police Centre for Missing and Exploited Children/Behavioural Science branch (CPCMEC/BSB)
- Contact: Dr. Roberta Lynn Sinclair, Manager, Strategic Policy and Research
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Key activities may include: 1) Critical review of research articles/reports to gain an understanding of crimes concerning child sexual exploitation, missing persons and unidentified remains, behavioural sciences, police response and health and wellness; 2) Assist in the development/develop research proposals and/or grant applications; 3) Participate in project design, data compilation, coding, and analysis; 4) Produce research articles/reports stemming from internal research or in relation to topical areas related to child exploitation, missing persons, unidentified human remains, and behavioural sciences; 5) Attend meetings and participate in presentations relating to SSIS.