Our Clinical Psychology Pre-Doctoral Residency program provides broad-based training in clinical psychology with a strong scientist-practitioner orientation. The program has been accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association since 2005 and the American Psychological Association since 1988.
In February 2007, the Council of Representatives of the APA voted to discontinue accrediting doctoral and internship programmes in Canada. Concurrent CPA/APA accreditation for all programs will discontinue as of September 2015. Hence, we chose not to apply for APA re-accreditation for the 2012-13 year. We remain CPA accredited.
Direct clinical services
Residents work within three large teaching hospitals (Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, and St. Paul’s Hospital) and in a rehabilitation centre (GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre).
The program begins the day after Labor Day and runs for 12 months through to August 31. By completion of your residency, you are expected to attain a level of competence equivalent to an entry level Ph.D. clinical psychologist.
Many psychologists within the hospitals also have appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry or Psychology, University of British Columbia and/or the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University.
Members of the department have active research programs and teaching responsibilities within the hospital, the medical school and the university at large. Hospital psychologists work closely with physicians and other health professionals in psychiatry, neurology, medicine, surgery and geriatric medicine. They also work with research colleagues in both the Faculty of Medicine and Department of Psychology at UBC, as well as the Mental Health Law and Policy Institute at Simon Fraser University.
You will receive a yearly stipend competitive with other programs, basic health care insurance, a UBC library card and access to computer facilities. Some continuing education funds are also provided during the training year.
This residency site agrees to abide by the APPIC policy that no person at this training facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any residency application.
Dr. Brad Hallam, Ph.D., R.Psych.
Coordinator, VCH Psychology Residency Program
Vancouver General Hospital
Doctors Residence, 2775 Heather Street, Room 402
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Accreditation by the Canadian Psychological Association:
Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Street – Suite 702
Canada K1P 5J3
Information on accreditation by the Canadian Psychological Association is available by contacting the following office:
Stewart Madon, Ph.D., C. Psych.,
Registrar of Accreditation Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 702
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3
Phone: 613-237-2144 or 1-888-472-0657
Extension 333 (Registrar) or
Extension 328 (Samantha Stranc, Accreditation Assistant)
Accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association
2017/18 – 2021/22
Please see our brochure for information on COVID-19 for any modifications to the selection process for 2021-22 and possibly to training experiences within the residency.