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Psychology

Psychologists at IWK Health help by providing clinical care to infants, children, and adolescents with a wide range of medical, neurological, developmental, and mental health disorders. 

How we help

With 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 provide inpatient and outpatient care, operate day treatment clinics throughout HRM, and work out of residential facilities such as the Nova Scotia Forensic Youth Facility in Waterville.

Psychologists at the IWK work within the Children's Health Program and the Mental Health and Addictions Program. We also work together as part of the Discipline of Psychology, which is overseen by the Professional Practice Chief of Psychology (Dr. Marcie Balch). The role of the Psychologist varies depending on the specific clinical team or service within each program. It usually involves assessment, diagnosis, and/or treatment.  Services are provided at the IWK Health Centre, community-based mental health clinics, and residential facilities.

As with many health centres across Canada, the IWK has adopted a program management model of patient care services. This is different from traditional, department-based models of healthcare. Instead of a “Department of Psychology” or “Department of Neurology,” a wide variety of healthcare professionals, with different areas of practice and specialization, work together within a program. 

Accessing this Clinic, Program or Service

Children's Health Program
Please contact psychology general contact number using the contact info to the right for more information about the services listed.

  • Neuropsychology
  • Preschool Pediatric Psychology
  • Complex Learning Disorders
  • Hematology/Oncology/Nephrology
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Feeding and Nutrition Clinic
  • Pediatric Complex Pain Team
  • Pediatric Health Psychology

Mental Health and Addictions: Assessment and Treatment Services
To access any of the services listed below, parents or healthcare professionals may contact IWK Central Referral by calling 902-464-4110.

  • IWK Community Mental Health Clinics - Halifax / Dartmouth / Sackville
  • Autism Team
  • Youth Psychosis Team
  • Eating Disorders Specific Care Clinic

Inpatient Services

  • Garron Centre

Mental Health Rehabilitation Services

  • Children’s Intensive Services (CIS)
  • Family Intensive Outreach Program (FIOS)
  • Adolescent Intensive Services (AIS)

In Home / Community Based Service

  • Community Mental Health Treatment Team

Mental Health and Addictions: Youth and Family Forensic Services

  • Youth Forensic Services
  • Initiative for Sexually Aggressive Youth
  • Nova Scotia Youth Facility

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5850/5980 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia