Welcome to Psychology at the IWK Health Centre!
The IWK Health Centre is a tertiary care teaching centre with primary responsibility for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island.
Psychology became a formal department at the IWK Health Centre in 1976. The initial focus was to support the clinical needs of children and adolescents who were receiving medical treatment at the Health Centre. In the early years, the Psychology department consisted of four services: Neuropsychology; Health Psychology; Infant and Preschool Assessment; and a “second opinion” service for complex learning disabilities. The Psychology department expanded substantially in the 1990s when the Regional Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services amalgamated with the IWK Health Centre. This more than doubled the complement of psychologists. Further growth has occurred since 2000, when Youth Forensic Services amalgamated with the IWK, and with expansions in the Mental Health and Autism services.
With a current complement of almost 50 psychologists, two psychometrists, and a feeding specialist, Psychology at the IWK is a large, dynamic discipline. We are known for providing excellent clinical care, our leading Predoctoral Pediatric and Child Clinical Psychology Residency Program, and our productivity in clinical research.
We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about Psychology at the IWK Health Centre, especially the care and training we provide, and the psychologists and support staff you might meet along the way.