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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APCS News

  • Jun 1, 2017 PCSAS recognized by more state licensing boards >> Read More

    Clinical scientists in several states have announced significant progress in the effort to achieve parity for PCSAS.

  • May 26, 2017 Annual APCS meeting held in Boston >> Read More

    The annual APCS members meeting was held in Boston on May 25, 2017. Representatives from 34 doctoral programs and internships gathered to discuss progress on several important issues. Minutes of the meeting will be posted on this website soon (under the heading "About" and the subheading "Annual Meetings").

  • Jul 18, 2016 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes PCSAS >> Read More

    The PCSAS accreditation system has taken another huge step forward, as it is now recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The new VA Psychologist Qualification Standards dictate that graduate students from PCSAS accredited programs are eligible for VA internships, and PCSAS grads are eligible for VA employment.

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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...