Canada
Graduate studies in the psychology of adult development and aging

Following are data on academic programs in the state that provide a specialization in adult development and aging. Data include titles of courses and seminars offered number of faculty with a specialization in adult development and aging, psychology specializations integrated with the study of adult development and aging, administrative organization of the program, availability of assistantships and traineeships in the program, practicum and internship placement opportunities and web addresses and contact persons for the program.

Concordia University, Quebec, Canada (Department of Psychology)

Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Research and Clinical Training, Research Option

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 6 Full Time, 0 Part Time

Research Interests of Faculty: Cognitive aging, personality, psychological adjustment, protective and preventive factors (physical fitness, bilingual experience, musical experience, cognitive training), mobility and motor control, health outcomes

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Our program emphasizes direct supervision and mentorship. Specialized graduate seminars on relevant topics are offered on a rotating basis (e.g., Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging).

All graduate students are eligible to become members of the Centre for Research in Human Development and take part in the seminar series, workshops and scholarship competitions. Participation in the seminar series can be counted towards course credits.

Those students working with Drs. Phillips or Li may apply to join the CIHR funded training group on Aging, Communication and Social Interaction, a multi-disciplinary cross-country network of researchers specializing in perception, cognition, neuroscience, social processes and communication technology. Activities include workshops, annual scientific meetings, virtual seminars and research internships. Graduate stipends, including annual travel support, are awarded on a competitive basis. Certificates are granted upon completion of the program requirements.

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Dependent on individual PI funded research. Full support for graduate students may be composed of a combination of teaching and research assistantships, faculty research funds and scholarships or other awards.

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June Chaikelson

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Michael Conway

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Karen Li

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Virginia Penhune

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Natalie Phillips

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Dolores Pushkar

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Carsten Wrosch

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Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Dependent on individual PI funded research

Contact: Donna Craven

Practicum and Internship Placements: Students following the Research and Clinical Training Option can be placed in a variety of internal and external settings for assessment and intervention with older populations.

Contact:
Dr. Karen Li
Concordia University
Dept. of Psychology
7141 Sherbrooke St. W
Montreal, QC, Canada H4B 1R6
Telephone: (514) 848-2424 x7542
Fax: (514) 848-2815
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Updated February 2014

University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada (Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition)

Specializations Integrated with AD&A: M.Sc. and PhD in Family Relations and Human Development with a research area in Gerontology Program Evaluation in Child and Family Services, Family, Interpersonal and Social Issues in Mid and Later Life, Concepts and Strategies of Primary Prevention, Issues in Family-Related Social Policy, Theories of Development and Change across the Life Span, Parent-Child Relations across the Life Span, Human Sexuality across the Life Span, Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Family Relations and Human Development.

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 3 Full Time, 2 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Support of students is in the form of individual scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships.

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Yes. Some areas of expertise include: health, chronic illness, cognition and memory, personality, intergenerational relationships, work and family issues among older workers and health promotion/health policy.

Contact:
Dr. Scott B. Maitland
Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1
Telephone: (519) 824-4120 ext 56156
Fax: (519) 766-0691
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Updated February 2014

University of Saskatchewan (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Clinical, Neuropsychology

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Directed Research, , Special Topics Courses

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 2 Full Time,

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Alzheimer Society of Canada predoctoral training fellowships

Practicum and Internship Placements: Rural and Remote Memory Clinic, Geriatric Rehabilitation, and Long-Term Care practicum placements

Other Relevant Information and Comments: Our program is an APA/CPA doctoral training program in clinical psychology and we use a generalist model, although some of our students are in a "geriatric clinical neuropsychology" stream, but we do not offer regular courses in Adult Development and Aging.

Contact:
Meagan O’Connell
Department of Psychology
University of Saskatchewan
9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7N 5A5
Telephone: (306) 966-2496
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Updated February 2014

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations integrated with AD&A: Perception; Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience; Biology and Behavior; Social and Personality Developmental. Many of our core and specialized graduate courses include components focusing on adult development and aging.

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 20 Full Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A:
Funding is comprised of a combination of scholarships, fellowships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships. All graduate students are guaranteed funding for 1 M.A. year and their first 4 PhD years.

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A:
Dependent on individual PI funded research.

Practicum and Internship Placements:
The major focus of the department is on training for research. There is no program in clinical psychology. However, there are opportunities to get testing and assessment experience through an extension program.

Contact:
Ann Lang
Psychology
University of Toronto
100 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3G3
Telephone: (416) 978-3404
Fax: (416) 978-4811
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Updated February 2014

University of Victoria (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Lifespan Development, Clinical Lifespan Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: History and Theories in Lifespan Psychology; Research Methods in Lifespan Psychology; Advanced Analysis of Change and Variation in Lifespan Development; Adult Development and Aging; Cognitive Development in Adulthood and Aging; Dysfunctional Development in Adulthood and Aging; Special Topics in Lifespan Development;  Advanced Neuropsychology: Adults; Psychopathology in Adulthood; (Note: the majority of Clinical courses include a lifespan developmental perspective)

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 5 Full Time, 1 Part Time; (includes 3 in Clinical Psychology)

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: All graduate students are eligible to receive internal fellowships (1 to 2 years).  Departmental funding can include a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and scholarships.  Canadian students and Permanent Residents are encouraged to apply for Federally funded scholarships (e.g., SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR). RA positions depend on individual PI funded research.

Contact:
Dr. Andrea Piccinin

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Dependent on individual PI funded research; Post-doctoral funding may also be available through the Canadian Government (Banting Fellowships)
Contact Person(s): same as above

Practicum and Internship Placements: Students in the Lifespan Development program train as researchers and many have their primary focus in the area of AD&A. Those in the Clinical Lifespan Psychology stream incorporate a focus on lifespan development into their research and clinical practice and some Clinical Neuropsychology students have a primary focus on AD&D). Clinical practica and internships with relevance to AD&A are available locally and internationally at hospitals, mental health centers, rehabilitation centers, psychiatric hospitals, and other clinical settings.

Other Relevant Information: The University of Victoria is home to a major multidisciplinary research centre: The Centre on Aging. We also have collaborative links within our department with related programs such as: Cognition & Brain Science, and Experimental Neuropsychology, and within the university, with the Neuroscience program in the Division of Medical Science, and Kinesiology (School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education).

Contact:
Karen Kienapple (Graduate Secretary)
Department of Psychology, Box 1700, STN CSC
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC, CanadaV8W 2Y2
Telephone: (250) 721-7525
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Updated February 2014

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec (Department of Psychology)

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Designing Questionnaires for Elderly Populations

Contact:
Dr. Bärbel Knäuper  
Stewart Biological Sciences Bldg.
Room N7/12, 398-8186
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 1B1
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Updated February 2014

University of Alberta (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Applied Developmental Science, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, Social and Cultural Psychology

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Concepts and Theories of Development, Lifespan Research Methods, Cognitive Development in Adulthood, Transitions from Cognitive Impairment to Dementia, Neurobiology of Aging and Neurodegenerative Disorders, Other courses on gerontology and geriatrics are offered throughout the university

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 3 Full Time, 6 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: All graduate students receive full (12-month) funding. Departmental funding is often a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships and scholarships. Students who enter the program with a bachelor's degree are eligible for 4 years of funding. Students who enter with a Master's degree are eligible for 3 years of funding. Students who receive major external awards are eligible for enhanced support.

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Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Available through national programs (e.g., Canadian Institutes of Health Research), provincial programs (e.g., Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research) and individual PI funded research. Contact: Roger Dixon.

Practicum and Internship Placements: The focus of the program is on advanced training for academic and research careers. Some graduate students have capitalized on local opportunities to gain assessment and evaluation experience leading to careers in clinical settings.

Other Relevant Information and Comments: The university hosts three major centres relevant to AD&A: (1) Alberta Centre on Aging, (2) Centre for Alzheimer and Neurodegenerative Research and (3) Centre for Neuroscience. The new headquarters of the Victoria Longitudinal Study are located in the department.

Contact:
Donalee Campbell, Graduate Program Assistant
Department of Psychology
University of Alberta
P217 Biological Sciences Building
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2E9
Telephone: (780) 492-0969
Fax: (780) 492-1768
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University of Calgary (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Social Psychology, Clinical, Sensation-Perception

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Clinical Social Gerontology, Attachment Across Lifespan, Media Use and Effects in Later Life, Meaning of Life, Vision and Aging, Human-Animal Relationships in Later Life

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 4 Full Time, 0 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Support of students is in the form of teaching assistantships and individual scholarships

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Dependent on individual PI funded research, varies from year to year

Practicum and Internship Placements: Clinical practica in hospital settings and nursing homes

Other Relevant Information and Comments: Within a year, we are planning to establish a new program – Lifespan Social Psychology. Some of the areas of expertise include: Close relationships, social aspects of mental health, institutionalization, perceptions of justice, changing attachments and meaning of life.

Contact:
Dr. Greg Fouts
Department of Psychology
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
Telephone: (403) 220-5573
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University of Manitoba (Department of Psychology)

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Psychology & Aging (Psych 4540/8040), Undergraduate option in aging (offered through the University of Manitoba's Centre on Aging), Graduate specialization in aging (offered through the UofM's Centre on Aging).

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 1 Full Time faculty member with a primary interest in AD&A and 2 Full Time faculty members with secondary interests in AD&A, *Numerous other faculty with interests and expertise in AD&A affiliated with the University of Manitoba's Centre on Aging.

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Research assistantships are occasionally offered through Dr. Corey Mackenzie's Aging and Mental Health laboratory, or through the University of Manitoba's Centre on Aging.

Practicum and Internship Placements: The University of Manitoba's Clinical Psychology program offers a specialty practicum in mental health and aging.

Contact:
Corey Mackenzie, PhD, CPsych
Department of Psychology
University of Manitoba
Duff Roblin Building, 190 Dysart Rd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3T 2N2
Telephone: (204) 474-8260
Fax: (204) 474-7599
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McMaster University (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Cognition and Perception, Behavioural Neuroscience, Development Evolution and Social Behavior.

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Our program emphasizes one-on-one interactions with faculty rather than formal course-work. Students design reading courses and research projects in collaboration with faculty. Primary areas include vision, audition and social development in normal and clinical populations. Techniques include behavioural testing as well as EEG/ERP, fMRI, TMS, eye-tracking.

Students working with either Professors Bennett or Sekuler are also eligible to apply for admission to the Canada-wide program in Aging and Human Communication. This program supplements McMaster's courses with research exchanges, hands-on workshops on visual, auditory and cognitive testing and interviewing techniques, a community of on-line learners and annual meetings of the AHC group.

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 6 Full Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: All graduate students receive full funding through a combination of grants and teaching assistantships. Graduate students supervised by Profs. Bennett or Sekuler are also eligible to apply for funding through the Canada-wide program in Aging and Human Communication.

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Fully funded postdoctoral fellowships are frequently available through research supervisors. Postdoctoral applicants should approach individual supervisors for information regarding funding.

Practicum and Internship Placements: McMaster does not have a clinical program. However, students and postdocs working with Profs. Bennett or Sekuler are eligible to apply for practica in visual, auditory and cognitive testing as well as interviewing techniques through the Canada-wide Aging and Human Communication training program.

Contact:
Erie Long, Graduate Coordinator
Psychology
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West, PC102
Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4k1
Telephone: (905) 525-9140 x23298
Fax: (905) 529-6225
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University of Ottawa (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Developmental, Clinical

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Clinical Geropsychology

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 1 Full Time, 0 Part Time

Practicum and Internship Placements: Assessment and Psychotherapy in day hospital and long-term care facilities

Contact:
P. Cappeliez
Psychology
University of Ottawa
11 Marie Curie
Ottowa, Ontario, Canada, K1N GN5
Telephone: (613) 562-5800 x806