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Psychology Residency Program

*** Please note, as of September 7, 2021, all new employees, volunteers and learners must be fully vaccinated at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.  Please see for further details about vaccination and potential exemptions***

All qualified candidates are welcome and invited to apply to our residency program. We particularly welcome applications from gender diverse individuals, persons with disabilities, those who identify as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, members of racialized communities, and 2SLGBTQIA+ persons.


The Clinical Psychology Residency is a predoctoral internship training program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

The Program is committed to a scientist-practitioner approach to education and practice. As such, the training of residents emphasizes the delivery of empirically supported assessment and treatment approaches. Many members of the clinical training faculty contribute regularly to the scientific literature, and all faculty members are committed to keeping abreast of the latest research in their respective fields to inform their clinical practice.


The Clinical Psychology Residency Program has received accreditation by the Canadian Psychological Association until 2024.

Program Code Numbers for APPIC Matching Service
184611: General Internship
184612: Neuropsychology Stream
184613: Forensic Psychology Stream


St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is a large academic health sciences centre and teaching hospital affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, and with Mohawk College.

Important Documents and Deadlines: 

There are a number of resources you will find helpful as you pursue your placement in the Clinical Psychology Residency Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

2024/25 APPLICATION DEADLINE: The portal will remain open to application submissions until midnight on Friday, NOVEMBER 3, 2023.

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton’s Mental Health and Addictions Program

St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton is a large academic health sciences centre affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and Mohawk College.  The Mental Health and Addictions Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare provides services both at the Charlton Campus and the West 5th Campus.  Services are also provided at the King Campus, with some consultation and DBT services provided. With more than 275 inpatient mental health beds, and the capacity to serve almost 5,000 outpatients each year, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton has become the centre for adult mental health care throughout the central region of Southern Ontario.

The Mental Health Program offers a full spectrum of care for adults ranging from emergency services to acute and specialized inpatient services to specialty outpatient programs.  As a result, residents will have the opportunity to gain varied experience in assessment and intervention with individuals with a wide range of difficulties.  Because the Mental Health Program, and indeed St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton as a whole is committed not only to training but also to clinical research, residents are also encouraged to become involved in the ongoing research occurring across a number of programs.


Living and Working in Hamilton 

Located less than 70 kilometres south of Toronto, nestled on the west-end shoreline of Lake Ontario, Hamilton is the third largest city in Ontario and quickly becoming a go-to city for people looking for a community that offers the best of all worlds. Surrounded by spectacular nature (Lake Ontario, the Niagara Escarpment), Hamilton is also a distinct urban centre with a vibrant art and culture scene.

Those with an affinity for outdoor recreation and leisure will enjoy the natural playground of hiking, cycling, boating, and other outdoor adventures Hamilton’s unique location provides.

As you explore Hamilton, you’ll also find award-winning restaurants as acclaimed chefs offer tastings inspired by the high-quality seasonal produce across the region. With a growing local food truck scene, Hamiltonians love the sense of community and connection that comes with a curbside meal. Sport and entertainment enthusiasts will enjoy Hamilton’s professional football team (CFL), the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the variety of music and entertainment offered at the city’s premiere entertainment venues: Hamilton Place, FirstOntario Centre, and the Molson Canadian Studio.

Hamilton is also home to several post-secondary institutions, most notably, McMaster University (home to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine). In addition, Brock University located in St. Catharines, Ontario has a satellite campus in Hamilton used primarily for teacher education. Also located in Hamilton is Mohawk College, the #1 ranked college in the Greater-Toronto-Hamilton area in 2012/13 based on student key performance indicators.

As you consider residency at St. Joe’s we also encourage you to learn more about our mission, vision, values and culture as an organization. Please click here to learn more about our people and culture at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

For more information about the Program, contact: 

Karen Rowa, Ph.D., C.Psych., Director of Training
Clinical Psychology Residency Program
c/o Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
West 5th Campus
100 West 5th Street
Hamilton ON L8N 3K7


Member of the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP)

Member of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)