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

  • Dec 21, 2017 Grad Students Win First Round of Flexibility Fund Awards >> Read More

    The Academy received 18 excellent applications for its new Flexibility Fund Awards, and it is pleased to announce that 6 graduate students have been awarded $1,000 each in order to allow them to participate in a wide array of training experiences. We extend our congratulations to all of them and encourage graduate students in all APCS programs to apply for next year's awards. The next Flexibility Fund Award deadline is May 1, 2018.

  • Sep 12, 2017 APCS Announces a "Flexibility Fund" for Clinical Science Doctoral Students >> Read More

    APCS is working toward developing a more complete and inclusive role for graduate students. The Academy's Student Engagement Committee is pleased to announce that "Flexibility Fund" training grants are available for the 2017-2018 academic year. These grants (which can range from $1,000 to $2,000) are to be awarded to graduate students from Academy programs who wish to receive advanced training in clinical science that is not available to them at their home institutions.

  • 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.

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