PsychologyDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Supervisors: Lisa M.D. Archibald and Marc Joanisse
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
A big draw for me was the interdisciplinary nature of the lab I was to be working in: There are students pursuing degrees spanning health and rehabilitation sciences, clinical speech language pathology, and psychology (my current program). Working in a diverse lab has given me the ability to be able to frame and understand theoretical problems from multiple viewpoints.
Where’s your favourite place on campus?
One of my favourite ways to take a break from researching is to walk over the Thames towards Westminster Hall, which is one of the most beautiful spots on campus
Describe your research.
I research how humans acquire language. We acquire language in infancy; this learning occurs rapidly and seemingly without much effort. One possible explanation for how we learn language lies in language itself: Our system of language is based on a series of patterns, from how words are formed to what makes a sentence. These patterns might be making it easier for us to acquire language. I combine behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to examine how the patterns within language are encoded and acquired in typical and atypical populations.
What is your “dream” career?
Whether I end up in academia or industry, my primary career goal is to make research accessible to others. A goal I focus on is being able to communicate scientific material in a meaningful way. For me, this could mean communicating my primary research findings in a way that is meaningful to clinicians, educators, or scientists across different disciplines. Or, it could be working outside of academia and translating scientific research into a useful medium in different industries.
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Department of PsychologyWestern University
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London, Ontario N6A 5C2
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 82064
Western's Department of Psychology is pleased to offer students graduate studies in many areas of psychology. The department has world-renowned faculty members, excellent support staff and facilities, all within a beautiful campus.
Western is a leading research-focused university that has been rated as providing among the very best of student experiences in Canada. The M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduates of our program have gone on to achieve distinguished careers in a wide variety of academic, private sector, and government positions throughout the world.
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- Non-Clinical: 12 Terms (4 years)
- Clinical: 15 Terms (5 years) - Includes a full year pre-doctoral internship
- Full-time study
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
- A Thesis-oriented Master's degree in Psychology or related field. A Master's degree in Psychology (with content that is primarily Clinical) is required for admission into our Clinical program.
- Minimum grade average of 78% or B+ in the Master's program.
English Language Proficiency
Graduate Record Examination Scores (GRE)
- Institution Code for Western: 0984
- Department Code: 2016 (Psychology)
You must add the test date and your General GRE test scores and percentiles to the online application before you submit the application. Usually the raw scores and percentiles for the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE are available right after you write the test. It is crucial to your application that we have the unofficial scores immediately. They will be confirmed by the official score report at a later time. For more information, please visit the Psychology website.
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper and pencil version, 213 for the computer version, or 86 for the internet version with no individual score below 20. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Minimum acceptable score is 80 on each section and an overall score of 85.
- The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). Minimum acceptable score is 60.
- January 5 - Acceptance notification by the end of April.
Fields of Research
- Clinical Science and Psychopathology
- Cognitive, Developmental & Brain Sciences
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology
- Social, Personality & Developmental Psychology