How to Join

The Academy seeks as members both doctoral programs and internship programs that are strongly committed to research training and the integration of such training and its knowledge base with clinical training. The members of APCS are programs rather than individuals.

Programs are admitted to Academy membership after submitting formal applications(with a $400 application fee) and undergoing anonymous peer reviews based on a “study-section review” model.

For application instructions, please click below.

Application Instructions for Internship Programs

Application Instructions for Doctoral Programs

Applicants submit a variety of materials (click above for instructions), which reviewers use to make global evaluations of the applicant program’s overall quality, integrity, and record of achievement in scientific training. We encourage programs to be as creative as possible in crafting their applications and do not want to suggest that there is a single best way to prepare this material.  Nevertheless, it may be helpful to see examples of successful applications that have been submitted in recent years.  With the permission of these programs, we offer the following samples.

Sample APCS application from the Doctoral Program in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University.

Sample APCS application from the Doctoral Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan

Programs interested in becoming members of APCS should contact the chairperson of the membership committee for details:

Jennifer Cheavens
The Ohio State University

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