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The only Internship Training experiences offered by the Department of Psychology at The Ottawa Hospital is the Pre-Doctoral Internships in Clinical Psychology The prerequisites and application process are listed below.


The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) is one of the largest Academic Health Sciences Centre in Canada. As a nationally-recognized teaching hospital, education, training, and research are integral to TOH’s mandate.

The Clinical Internship Program at TOH has been accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) since 1992. An accreditation site visit from the CPA occurred in the summer of 2013. CPA reaccreditation was granted for 7 years, from 2012/13 to 2019/2020. The next accreditation site visit was due in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Due to the travel restrictions and social distancing requirements outlined by Canada’s provincial health ministries, the CPA Accreditation met on March 18, 2020 and voted to postpone all accreditation-related site visits until further notice. The Accreditation Panel also voted to extend the accreditation terms of all affected programmes by one year to ensure that students were not adversely impacted by this decision. As such, the accreditation status of our programme will be maintained through the 2020-2021 training year.

The Neuropsychology Program was accredited from 1994 and re-accreditation granted from 2012/13 to 2016/17. We made the decision to integrate our accredited Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology Training programs as of 2016-2017. Neuropsychology training is now provided as a stream within a Clinical Training Program.

The Training Program’s philosophy is a broad-based model of training with the view that this approach best prepares interns for autonomous practice as professional psychologists. In addition, TOH Psychology training faculty are committed to the scientist-practitioner model and espouse the belief that a research informed perspective promotes clinical excellence, and that clinical practice informs and promotes research developments.

Psychology Services 

The Training Program draws on the diverse and specialized clinical opportunities afforded by a large tertiary care setting, and by a large and accomplished group of professional psychologists. Interns gain experience in assessment, diagnosis, intervention, interprofessional consultation, program development and evaluation, teaching, and research. Interns receive training in inclusionary and culturally safe practices and are expected to provide direct clinical services across varied populations, including, but not limited to people with disabilities, as well as diverse sexual orientations and cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

For more details please see the diversity statement below:

Professional socialization is fostered to facilitate effective patient care through interactions with Psychology training faculty, support staff, health care professionals, and interprofessional teams. The Training Program supports interns in the development of training plans that complement and round their training in keeping with the generalist model, as well as meet their professional and clinical interests and aspirations. The training faculty (supervisors) and Director of Training, work with interns to efficiently prioritize workload to support balance between work and personal life. The overall goal of the Training Program is to provide a respectful and collegial training atmosphere and to foster a professional identity as a psychologist.

Stipends and Benefits

We offer 4 full time predoctoral internship positions:

The Clinical Stream includes 3 track options:

  1. Mental Health – Rehabilitation Psychology
  2. Health Psychology – Rehabilitation Psychology
  3. Mental Health – Health Psychology
  4. The Neuropsychology Stream includes a single track

We welcome applications to multiple Tracks, include your interests to the tracks to which you are applying within your cover letter.

Each position is funded at $32,500.00 CDN annually, with a $400.00 allowance for educational conferences, and 3 weeks vacation.

Information on accreditation

Accreditation Panel for Doctoral Programs and Internships in Professional Psychology

Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Street – Suite 702
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1P 5J3

Telephone: 1-888-472-0657
CPA Accreditation Website

Interview Dates and Arrangements:

Due to COVID-19, possible travel restrictions and physical distancing needs, all interviews for TOH for 2020-2021 interview dates, will be virtual (phone or videoconferencing). We will not be offering any in person interviews.

Interview dates will be December 10, 11, and 16, 2020 & January 11, 12, 15, & 18, 2021. Please rank order the interview dates and include this information in your cover letter.

Completed applications must be received no later than November 6, 2020. All interview notifications are made on December 4, 2020, by 5:00 pm PST, by email. To optimize the ability of applicants to review their offers and consider their schedules, we will be adhering to the CCPPP national response day.  Arrangements for interviews will commence on December 7, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

In accordance with federal privacy legislation (Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act), we are committed to collecting only the information required to process your application. This information is secured within Psychology at TOH and is shared only with those individuals involved in the internship application process. Information collected by The Ottawa Hospital for applicants who are not matched with the TOH program is destroyed within 3 weeks of Match Day. Files of applicants matched to our program will be available only to those involved in the applicant’s supervision and training including the Director of Training, supervisors, relevant administrative support staff, the Profession Leader of Psychology, and relevant staff of the Human Resources Department at TOH.


Pre-doctoral intern applicants should have completed most of their graduate level education in an accredited clinical psychology program. The Department of Psychology at The Ottawa Hospital welcomes applications from individuals representing a wide spectrum of diversity, be it ethnic or cultural background, sexual orientation, and / or physical disability. As services are provided in both English and French, facility in both languages is an asset, but is not required. All TOH charting and report writing is in English. In the selection process, priority is given to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or international students with valid Canadian Co-op Work Permits.

Applicants to the programs are ranked according to several criteria including, and in no particular order:

  1. The match between an applicant’s clinical training interests and our internship program;
  2. The breadth and depth of an applicant’s psychodiagnostic assessment training and his / her psychotherapy and training experience. At a minimum, applicants who are offered an interview will have conducted and written at least 5 assessment reports and provided therapy to at least 5 patients;
  3. The applicant’s practicum experiences in hospital-based settings and experiences working with interprofessional teams;
  4. Reference letters from clinical supervisors;
  5. Impressions of the applicant’s suitability and match with our internship program based on the interview;
  6. The applicant’s clinical research experience and/or interests, as well as their progress towards completion of their doctoral dissertation;

We subscribe to the APPIC principles and CPA accreditation standards regarding preparation for internship. Applicants are required to have had their dissertation approved and to have completed their course prior to applying for internship. Although a minimum of 600 practicum hours is needed, with 300 hours of direct client contact and 150 hours of supervision to apply, applicants are not rated on the basis of “raw number of practicum hours” reported on APPIC application forms; quality and depth of practicum training are more relevant than total number of hours. However, applicants more likely to be ready to submit or defend their thesis prior to commencing the internship will, all other things being equal, be ranked more highly.

Application Procedure

The Program is a member of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP) and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centres (APPIC), and adheres to APPIC policy regarding internship offers and acceptances. This internship site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility solicit, accept or use any ranking-related information from any intern applicant.

This internship program is participating in the APPIC Internship Matching Program.  All applicants must register with the National Matching Services   and/or to be considered for this internship.

Interested applicants should complete the following through the Applicant Portal of the AAPI online:

  1. Completed APPIC Application.
  2. Verification and electronic signature completed by the University Training Director attesting to the applicant’s readiness for an internship.
  3. Three letters of reference – we do not require a letter of reference from your dissertation supervisor. Choose whomever can best speak to your abilities, goals, and training needs. The letter of reference format can be obtained on the APPIC website.
  4. Graduate transcripts.
  5. Curriculum Vitae

Applicants may apply to more than one track and need to indicate the tracks to which they are applying in their cover letter. We also encourage applicants to indicate their preferences for training experiences within their cover letters, as this allows us to make every effort to ensure that applicants who interview at our site are able to meet with potential supervisors during the interview. For more information, see the Application Procedure Section below.

Each Track has an APPIC number as follows:

181713 Mental Health – Rehabilitation Psychology (1 position)
181714 Health Psychology – Rehabilitation Psychology (1 position)
181715 Mental Health – Health Psychology (1 position)
181716 Neuropsychology (1 position)

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding our program, do not hesitate to communicate with:

Dr. Kerri Ritchie, Director of Training
Department of Psychology
The Ottawa Hospital
501 Smyth Road, Room 7300
Ottawa, ON Canada  K1H 8L6

Phone: 613-737-8039
Fax: 613-737-8895
Web: Our Health-Care Professional Team

Last updated on: March 12th, 2021