Carleton’s graduate programs in psychology train students to use the scientific method to study mind and behaviour. The PhD program is strongly research-oriented and emphasizes hands-on training. In addition to exciting opportunities for developing research collaborations within the department and across the University, students can enrol in a range of graduate courses and participate in community practica. Our doctoral program provides the knowledge and experience to launch and lead an independent program of research.

A Concentration in Quantitative Methodology is also available.

Capital Advantage

Being situated in Ottawa, our students are exposed to unique research opportunities and can access Carleton’s many connections to agencies in the nation’s capital. This training lends itself to work in many different government departments and agencies such as the RCMP, Statistics Canada, Department of National Defence as well as private consulting firms.

Areas of Research

  • Cognitive
  • Developmental
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health
  • Personality and Social

Research Highlights

  • The development of language and literacy skills
  • The development of shyness, social withdrawal and social anxiety in childhood
  • The development of new models of female criminal behaviour
  • Individual difference factors associated with health, coping with medical problems, and seeking treatment for them
  • The relationships among personality, social behaviour, happiness, and environmental sustainability

Carleton Grad Stories: Chris

Chris talks about the Advanced Cognitive Engineering Lab he works in as a PhD: Psychology student at Carleton to research how pilots fly.

Program Information

Length: 6 years

Entry Terms: ,

Fall Application Deadline: January 15

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Experiential Learning: Practicum

Pathway Options: Thesis

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