About APCS

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.

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  • Jan 11, 2019 Further Progress for PCSAS Accreditation >> Read More

    Graduate students from programs accredited by PCSAS will now be eligible to enter the APPIC match process, regardless of whether their programs are also accredited by APA. This important development provides PCSAS programs with increased flexibility regarding decisions on whether to maintain dual accreditation.

  • Jun 15, 2018 Missouri legislature recognizes PCSAS! >> Read More

    On June 1, 2018, the PCSAS accreditation system was officially recognized by the State of Missouri. Governor Eric Greitens signed State Bill 660, which had been passed by the state legislature a few weeks earlier. The bill provides a number of provisions related to mental health. With regard to qualifications for those who apply to take the exam to be licensed to practice psychology in the State of Missouri, the applicant must have a doctoral degree from a program accredited by APA, CPA, or PCSAS. Missouri joins several other states that have now granted full parity to PCSAS.

  • May 28, 2018 APCS held it's 23rd annual meeting in San Francisco >> Read More

    Thirty one program representatives attended the annual APCS members meeting in San Francisco last week.

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PCSAS is an independent, non-profit body incorporated in December 2007 to provide rigorous, objective, and empirically based accreditation of Ph.D. programs in psychological clinical science (the terms psychological clinical science and scientific clinical psychology are used interchangeably).
There are a multitude of reasons why APS is vital to you and to the science of psychology. From our advocacy efforts to our acclaimed scientific journals to our promotion of the education of psychology, APS is working hard to ensure the vitality and the advancement of psychology as a science.
The Delaware Project aims to redefine psychological clinical science training in ways that emphasize continuity across a spectrum of research activities concerned with (a) basic mechanisms of psychopathology and behavior change, (b) intervention generation and refinement, (c) intervention efficacy and effectiveness...