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Three Faculty of Arts Psychology professors named top national researchers in their field

Canadian Psychological Association recognizes TMU Psychology Doctoral Program
By: Claire Cornacchia
January 19, 2024

Canadian Psychology, flagship journal of the Canadian Psychological Association (external link)  (CPA), recently released a paper ranking the publication-related productivity of professors in CPA-Accredited Psychology Doctoral Programs. The journal compiled data related to year of PhD completion, number of publications, number of citations, and h-index (a metric system used to evaluate the collective impact of scholarly achievement) to ultimately reveal the top performing 15 per cent of men and women professors. Data was further subcategorized by early-, mid-, and late-career stages. Among the top performing professors were TMU’s very own Drs. Andrew Kim, Candice Monson and Martin Antony.

From left to right: Dr. Martin Antony, Professor and Department Chair; Dr. Candice Monson, Professor; Dr. Andrew Kim, Acting Assistant Professor

This research served as the ten year replication study designed to illustrate how the field of clinical psychology has advanced over the last decade, and notes important changes, such as a diminishing gender gap and doubling productivity. TMU’s clinical psychology program tied with esteemed institutions McGill University and University of British Columbia for the second highest number of faculty included in the top 15 per cent. TMU Professor and Psychology Chair, Dr. Martin Antony, was recognized among the top professors in the late-career category.

“I am deeply honoured to be recognized in this way,” said Dr. Antony when asked about the significance of being featured in this research. “I should note that about 99 per cent of my publications have been the fruit of rich collaborations with dedicated students and esteemed colleagues. This recognition, therefore, is as much a testament to their relentless commitment and exceptional hard work over the past three decades as it is to mine.” 

Dr. Antony was also proud to see TMU colleagues recognized for their achievements, saying, “As Department Chair, I am particularly happy to see three members of our department listed in the article, placing us among the top clinical psychology programs in the country, when it comes to publication-related impact.”

Based on the metrics used for data collection, Dr. Antony noted that Dr. Andrew Kim may in fact be considered the top early-career clinical psychology faculty member in the country, given that he holds the most recent completion date for a PhD among his recognized colleagues. Dr. Kim ranked 2nd in the top 15 per cent of men in the early-career category.

“First and foremost, I feel really humbled and honoured to be included in a list that features some of the most eminent scholars in our field, including Drs. Monson and Antony,” said Dr. Kim. “I believe this recognition reflects the incredible mentorship and opportunities provided by graduate supervisors Dr. Michael Wohl (Carleton University) and Dr. David Hodgins (University of Calgary). I am immensely grateful for the support that TMU has given me to launch my program of research and feel incredibly lucky to have an amazing community of collaborators both nationally and internationally that I enjoy working with everyday.”

Dr. Kim acknowledged the colleagues he has had the privilege of working alongside noting, “this recognition wouldn’t have been possible without my amazing graduate students and past trainees who are passionate, skilled, and brilliant scholars that have led many of the research projects we have published in the past several years.”

This research also highlighted increases in contributions from women-identified professors over the last ten years. Dr. Candice Monson, who ranked 6th among scholars in the late-career category, described what this type of progress means for her and the future of clinical psychology: 

“Witnessing the diminishing gender gap in research productivity in clinical psychology is inspiring,” said Dr. Monson. “In a field that is composed of about 80 per cent women-identifying professionals, it is heartening to see the growing recognition of our scientific contributions. This will undoubtedly influence the topics that garner more attention and the lens from which they are investigated. I am humbled to be among the people on this list.”

Dr. Antony noted that evaluative research, which showcases the impact of Canadian clinical psychologists at a national and international level, may increase visibility and recognition of Canadian research within the global psychology community and among the public.