Education

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, where education is at the heart of what we do. We consider our faculty, staff, learners, and patients to be essential partners in the educational collaboration that is necessary for meaningful engagement and learning transformation in the field of mental health.

The  department has a long history of educational excellence. As leaders in this field, we have been repeatedly recognized for educational innovation and scholarship through local, national,  and international awards celebrating our many outstanding educators. 

We are proud to be the educational home to a large and diverse group of inter-disciplinary learners, specifically as it relates to race, gender, identity, culture, geography, and experience. Our educational programs are made richer by ensuring principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The department offers numerous robust training programs  in the field of undergraduate medical education, postgraduate medical education in psychiatry, as well as psychiatry subspecialties including child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry, fellowships, clinical psychology, Master of Science in Psychotherapy clinical behavioural sciences for mental health clinicians wanting to advance their skills, mentorship efforts, and numerous clinical psychology programs.

This diverse spectrum of training programs ensures exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and collaboration. Specific educational efforts in the domain of indigenous mental health, global mental health, and anti-black racism are essential components in tackling the many inequities pervasive in the field of mental health.

Research and scholarship are a major emphasis in our department, and there are many opportunities for additional training, including opportunities to work with our education scientists. Wellness is a major priority in education, both as a focus of study and practice.

We have a unique opportunity in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences to educate future clinicians, researchers, and educators to advance the mental health mandate for all Canadians. We look forward to collaborating with you in our efforts to reach this goal. 

Sheila Harms
Associate Chair, Education

Harms, Sheila
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