The Academy of Psychological Clinical Science is an alliance of leading, scientifically oriented, doctoral and internship training programs in clinical and health psychology in the United States and Canada. Academy membership is open to doctoral and internship programs with strong commitments to, and established records of, successful clinical science training.
The Academy has evolved in response to the challenges and opportunities confronting scientific clinical psychology, both now and in the foreseeable future. Among the biggest challenges are the changes in health care, in graduate and undergraduate education, in patterns of research funding, in the priorities of professional organizations, in licensing and accreditation requirements and procedures, in governmental priorities and policies, in career opportunities and preferences of students, in public demands for accountability and “truth in advertising,” and in the scope and knowledge of clinical psychology. While such changes clearly represent significant challenges, they also represent exciting opportunities, especially for those committed to advancing clinical psychology as a science. These challenges force clinical scientists to reexamine, refine, and reaffirm their commitment to their values, mission, responsibilities, and goals. They also encourage clinical science training programs to build alliances based on shared values and to work together to shape the future of the discipline. In the process, such alliances should help member programs improve the quality of their training and the scientific contributions of their faculties and students.
Our annual meeting for all program representatives was held on May 21 at the New York Marriott Marquis. This year's meeting marks our 20th anniversary. We held a small celebration in addition to our usual program activities.
Fifteen program directors attended a meeting about internship training sponsored by APCS. The meeting was held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on April 17, 2015.
Delaware's Governor Jack Markell signed new legislation granting PCSAS parity with APA's CoA in a signing ceremony in his office at 11:00 AM on July 28th. We're indebted to Bob Simons, Mary Graham, and the Delaware team for this achievement --the first of many to come.