Centre for Psychological Services and Research (CPSR)

October 27, 2020

A recent event at the University of Ottawa concerning the use of the N-word during a Zoom lecture by a professor has been painful and shocking to many in our community. It reminds us that the process of combatting racism is a continuous one that needs to be fought on multiple fronts.  This event violates the basic human dignity of members of our University community and the community at large, and it has real consequences for the mental health of racialized individuals.  The leadership at the Centre for Psychological Services and Research (CPSR) has had an ongoing dialogue over the past several years to address racism, inequality, and lack of inclusion. We have not been adequately prepared to help BIPOC suffering as result of racialization and the resultant trauma this may cause, but we are striving to do better.  The CPSR is taking active steps to improve access to mental health services to racialized individuals and is a partner on a Public Health of Canada funded project titled, ‘Mental Health of Black Communities in the National Capital Region’ that will help us better understand how to adapt mental health services for the Black communities of the Ottawa-Gatineau region. We are also offering opportunities for trainees to gain experience in working with marginalized groups by ensuring that we have experts who are knowledgeable in working with these client populations.  Trainees at the CPSR, the clinical psychologists of the future, are seeking opportunities to work with marginalized and racialized groups. We have arranged additional training opportunities on culturally sensitive and competent assessment that will be accessible to all staff and students.  We recognize that these are only the first steps towards promoting equity, diversity and inclusion for both our trainees and the community that we serve. We also welcome your feedback and suggestions concerning how we can continue to improve our practices to ensure accessibility for all. 

CPSR Management

July 2020: COVID-19 Update

We are looking forward to a partial reopening of the Centre for Psychological Services and Research for in person services on September 9, 2020. As such, we will be accepting a limited number of new referrals to CPSR at this time. Please contact our customer service clerk at 613-562-5289 to find about more about which services are accepting new clients.  

Please note that in person services at CPSR will be limited to those that must be offered face to face including psychoeducational assessments, career assessments, and initial intake sessions for new clients. Your clinician in consultation with their supervisor will discuss with you whether in person sessions are appropriate and whether follow up appointments will be in person or by telephone or Zoom.

CPSR is following Ottawa Public Health directives as well as the University of Ottawa recommendations to offer a safe environment to deliver our services. As such, there are additional health and safety measures that are being put in place. Our customer service clerk and your clinician will provide you with details of the measures in place at CPSR to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. You will be asked a series of questions about your health status prior to each appointment.

Due to the additional health and safety measures, wait times may be longer than usual. We thank you for your patience. Please do not hesitate to provide us with feedback about your experience.

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The Centre for Psychological Services and Research (CPSR) is a training unit of the School of Psychology of the University of Ottawa. The Centre has three functions:

  1. offering training for doctoral students in clinical psychology;
  2. conducting research;
  3. providing psychological services, in both English and French, to the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

Services offered

  • Psychological treatment
    • individual therapy for adolescents and adults
    • couple therapy
    • child and family services
  • Adult assessment
  • Child & family assessment
  • Career counseling

Administrative Staff

  • Director: Cary Kogan, Ph.D., C.Psych.
  • Practica and Internships Coordinator: Elke D. Reissing Ph.D., C.Psych.
  • Operations Coordinator: Shannon Amanda Corkery
  • Administrative assistant: Emmanuelle Dejardin
  • Receptionist-customer service clerk: Nicole Mercier

Client fees

There are standard hourly fees, with possible adjustments based on income. There is also a standard fee package for career and psycho-educational assessments.

Although psychological services are not covered by provincial health plans (OHIP, RAMQ), they may be covered by supplementary health plans. Please check your insurance plan for further details.

Research Activities

As professors in the School of Psychology, CPSR supervisors are regularly involved in conducting research on a range of psychological topics. The research interests of each professor are listed in the professors' individual Web pages. Additionally, there are frequently ongoing research projects involving the clients and services of the Centre. Recent examples include studies of depression in distressed relationships, psychotherapy process research, assessment of trauma-related symptoms in therapy clients, and program evaluation of individual psychotherapy services.

Predoctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology

The Centre for Psychological Services and Research is a training unit of the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa that offers a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology.

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