WELCOMEThis 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. The first round of reviews was held November 12, 2009. To date, PCSAS has held 9 review sessions and has accredited 24 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 2014. The deadline for submission of completed applications to be reviewed at the December meeting is September 1, 2014.
PCSAS is Gaining Recognition. On September 24-25, 2012, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Board of Directors 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), and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP). The Office of Veterans Affairs is in the process of amending its regulations to recognize students and graduates of PCSAS accredited programs as eligible for VA internships and staff positions.
Want to Know More? For more detailed information about PCSAS's Purpose, Organization, Policies, and Procedures, read the POPP Manual -- June 2013, 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.
Last update: 08/22/2014