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This is the official web site of the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). 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). PCSAS was created to promote superior science-centered education and training in clinical psychology, to increase the quality and quantity of clinical scientists contributing to the advancement of public health, and to enhance the scientific knowledge base for mental and behavioral health care. 

PCSAS's first year, 2008, was devoted primarily to start-up activities: (a) establishing the essential infrastructure for inviting, accepting, and processing accreditation applications from eligible doctoral programs; (b) establishing positive working relationships with relevant entities; (c) building a solid fiscal foundation for effective and sustained operation; and (d) articulating the distinct mission, goals, principles, policies, procedures, and criteria that define PCSAS accreditation and make it unique.

PCSAS started accepting applications for accreditation on June 1, 2009.  Applications typically are reviewed twice a year--in May and December.  To date, PCSAS has held 12 review sessions and has accredited 30 programs, with several other programs having submitted Letters of Intent to apply and being deemed eligible to apply (see Accredited Programs).  The next Review Committee meeting will be held in December of 2016.  Completed applications to be reviewed at the May meeting should be submitted by September 1, 2016.   

PCSAS is Gaining Recognition.  On September 24-25, 2012, the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) granted formal recognition to PCSAS.  On July 28, 2014, Delaware's Governor signed into law a statute granting the graduates from PCSAS accredited programs parity with the graduates from APA's CoA-accredited programs in terms of their eligibility for state licensure as psychologists.  On August 1, 2014, Illinois' Governor signed a similar licensing law.  PCSAS's campaign to gain recognition by state and provincial licensing boards has been endorsed by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP), and the Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP). In July of 2016, the Office of Veterans Affairs amended its regulations to recognize students and graduates of PCSAS accredited programs as eligible for VA internships and staff positions.

On May 25, 2016, the PCSAS Board of Directors announced that Richard McFall, the founding Executive Director of PCSAS, was retiring, and that Alan Kraut, former Executive Director of the Association for Psychological Science, had been appointed as the new Executive Director of PCSAS.  The updated contact information for PCSAS is:

Alan G. Kraut, Executive Director
Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 402
Washington, DC  20036-1218  USA
(301) 455-8046

Want to Know More?  For much more detailed information about PCSAS's Purpose, Organization, Policies, and Procedures, read the POPP Manual, a link to which can be found at at the top of the "Relevant Publications & Links" page of this website.  We hope you find this web site informative and useful.  Always eager to improve, we invite your  comments and feedback. 

In Memoriam

On March 18, 2014, Varda Shoham, PhD, passed away.  Varda was a prominent clinical scientist, and one of the founders of PCSAS, hosting the initial planning meeting in Tucson, AZ, and holding the first steering committee meeting at her home.  She was a tireless, positive, energetic, and effective advocate for Clinical Science. She will be missed by the entire Clinical Science Community.  

On December 4, 2014, Richard R. Bootzin, PhD, passed away.  Dick was one of PCSAS's founders, and was its only Board President until his unexpected death.  Throughout his career, he exerted a major positive influence on the field of psychology--through his contributions to the advancement of psychological clinical science; his teaching, mentoring, and administrative leadership; and his programmatic scientific research into the implications, causes, and treatment of sleep disorders.  Knowing how much PCSAS meant to Dick, the Bootzin family has suggested that donations in his name may be made to the Patrons Fund of PCSAS, thereby honoring his extraordinary professional contributions and the important leadership role he played at PCSAS. This is a very fitting way to extend his important legacy.  Here is a link to his obituary:  



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