Psychologists at North York General Hospital provide assessment, intervention and consultation to the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and outpatient services for children, adolescents and adults. Psychologists work in the Eating Disorder (adolescent and adult) and Child & Adolescent Mental Health Outpatient services. Psychologists at NYGH have been providing clinical training opportunities for more than 30 years.

Primary models of care:

  • Cognitive behavioural
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Family Based Therapy (for Eating Disorders)

The benefits of training at NYGH:

  • Experienced and committed psychology staff members who are readily available for supervision and consultation
  • Opportunity for exposure to a broad range of patient populations
  • Educational opportunities such as Mental Health Grand Rounds
  • Opportunity to work on multidisciplinary teams
  • Opportunity to work with other psychology practicum students

Education program

The following placements are offered:

  • Academic year practicums for PhD level Psychology students enrolled at York University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, University of Toronto OISE, and the University of Guelph.

The number of practicum placements offered may vary year to year depending on the availability and interest of the staff. A typical practicum is 20 hours per week. Students usually work under the supervision of one psychologist, though there is flexibility with this arrangement as we have had students in the past split their time between two supervisors. The mix of assessment, intervention and consultation will vary depending on the particular supervising psychologist.

Please send your application to the person with whom you wish to work.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Dr. Sandra Doyle-Lisek, C.Psych.
Phillips House
North York General Hospital
1 Buchan Court
Toronto, Ontario M2J 0B1

Tel: 416-756-6000 x8612

Additional information:

Child and Adolescent Mental Health & Day Hospital Program

  • The practicum is offered for two to three days over the academic year.
  • Orientation is integrative with a main focus on CBT.
  • Individual, group and family therapy experiences as well as parent coaching.
  • Participation in interdisciplinary team rounds

Adult Eating Disorder Program

General site applications for the academic year or summer practicum placements should be sent to:

Ann Bickram
Education Coordinator, Nursing, Health Professions, Administrative & Operational
Centre for Education, 6 North–Room 630
North York General Hospital
Tel: 416-756-6000 x4805

Additional information:

  • The program is a partial day hospital program. It runs Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:30–8:00 p.m. During the pandemic, we are offering virtual treatment Mon., Wed., & Thurs. from 12:00-2:30pm
  • There is also a separate group treatment for Binge Eating Disorder
  • Assessment: Clinical interviews (Eating Disorders Examination - interview), administer, score and interpret psychological tests, write assessment reports and provide feedback to patients and the multidisciplinary health care team.
  • Questionnaires assess: depressive & anxious symptoms; body dissatisfaction, body appreciation, disordered eating, self-compassion, body checking, perfectionism, & degree of clinical impairment
  • Psychotherapy: Group (and opportunity for individual, if desired). Techniques include: CBT, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Expressive Arts, Psychoeducation
  • Opportunity to participate in Mental Health Grand Rounds. Broad range of patient populations.

Dr. Kirsh will accept one to two students.

Pre-doctoral Internship

NYGH participates in the Toronto Area Internship Consortium in Clinical, School and Counselling Psychology. This is a full year pre-doctoral internship in which the student will split their time between the Toronto District School Board and NYGH Child and Adolescent Mental Health services. Get more information about this internship opportunity.