The Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA) maintains a guide/directory to assist members of the media in locating psychologists with expertise in a variety of topics of psychology. For a list of Media Guide Topics, click here.
For a referral to a psychologist who will be able to address your questions, please click here to contact us.
The psychologists you will be referred to have made the commitment to give as quick a response to media requests as possible. However please keep in mind that psychotherapy sessions generally run 50 to 60 minutes and assessment sessions can run much longer, and psychologists do not interrupt sessions for any reason outside of client emergencies.
Please note that comments expressed by participating psychologists when contacted represent their personal and professional opinions, and do not necessarily reflect those of the Psychologists' Association of Alberta staff, members, or the field of psychology in general. Only the PAA President and Executive Director are able to speak on behalf of the Association.
The education and training background of psychologists includes:
- At least six years of university education, including a minimum of a Masters degree.
- One year (1600 hours) of practice supervised by an experienced psychologist.
- Successful completion of the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology, a comprehensive, standardized exam used for psychologists in North America.
- The completion of an oral examination conducted by a panel of three senior psychologists.
In addition to the above credentials, many psychologists have also obtained a Ph.D. It is appropriate to refer to such individuals with the honorific 'doctor'. For example a print interview may list Psychologist C. Rogers for a non-Ph.D. psychologist and list Psychologist Dr. C. Rogers for an individual with a Ph.D.
The Psychologists Association of Alberta values the opportunity to assist the media in providing quality mental health/psychological information to the public.