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Treat, T., Miller, G.A., & Simons, R.F. (2023, February 26), Evaluation of the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) Program Review. PsyArXiv

McFall, R.M., Treat, T.A., & Simons, R.F. (In press), Clinical Science Model.  Invited article for the Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology, R. Cautin & S. Lilienfeld (Eds), Wiley-Blackwell.

Jaffe, E. (2010).  Is Clinical Psychology Broken? Observer Vol.23, No.6 July/August, 2010

Mischel, W. (2008).  Editorial:  Connecting clinical practice to scientific progress.   Psychological Science in the Public Interest9(2), i-ii.

Baker, T.B., McFall, R.M., & Shoham, V. (2008).  Current status and future prospects of clinical psychology:  Toward a scientifically principled approach to mental and behavioral health care. Psychological Science in the Public Interest9(2), 67-103.

McFall, R. M. (2006). Doctoral training in clinical psychology. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology2, 21-49.

McFall, R. M. (2012). Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System: FAQs and Facts. the Behavior Therapist, 35(1), 11-15.

Levenson, R.W  (2009). Psychological Clinical Science and Accreditation. Observer, March, 2009.

Levenson, R.W. (2017). Clinical Psychology Training: Accreditation and Beyond. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 13, 1-22.

Kent, Don (1992). Accreditation Summiteers in Agreement on Change. Observer, May 1992.


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Media Coverage

For an up-to-date listing of media coverage, also see: https://www.psychologicalscience.org/publications/pspi/pspi-archive/media-coverage


Ignoring the Evidence: Why do psychologists reject science?
October 2, 2009
by Sharon Begley
It’s a good thing couches are too heavy to throw, because the fight brewing among therapists is getting ugly…

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Report Calls for Added Science in Psychology Ph.D. Programs
October 2, 2009
by Simmi Aujla
A group of psychologists is proposing a new accreditation system for graduate psychology programs that offer Ph.D.’s, saying such programs should emphasize scientific training more than the current system does…

Science Magazine
Shrinking the Shrinks
October 2, 2009
by Constance Holden
Many training programs for clinical psychologists in the United States should be scrapped, an organization of psychologists says…

Quote of the Day
“The disconnect between what clinicians do and what science has discovered is an unconscionable embarrassment. [There is a] widening gulf between clinical practice and science.
-Walter Mischel of Columbia University say psychologists are increasingly out of step with science in their treatment of patients.

Los Angeles Times
Do therapists know what they’re doing? Don’t bank on it, 3 psychologists say
October 8, 2009
by Rosie Mestel
When we’re battling psychological problems and go see a therapist for treatment, we tend to trust that it’s doing us good. But should we?…

Psychology Today
How Deep is the Divide between Therapy and Science?
October 9, 2009
by Michael Steger
Is there a Mackenzie Phillips-sized family secret lurking in the heart of psychology? …

Psychology: a reality check
October 15, 2009
by Allison Abbott
Anyone reading Sigmund Freud’s original works might well be seduced by the beauty of his prose, the elegance of his arguments and the acuity of his intuition….

The Daily Page
Prof renews psychology controversy
November 5, 2009
Timothy Baker has a problem with psychology today. He thinks it bears a dangerous resemblance to the medicine of yesteryear: anecdotal, unscientific, as likely to hurt as help.

Washington Post
Is your therapist a little behind the times?
November 15, 2009
by Timothy Baker, Richard McFall and Varda Shoham
The practice of clinical psychology, which includes psychotherapy, is akin to medicine as it was practiced a century ago.

The APS Observer

PCSAS Recognition Continues to Expand Support for Clinical Science Training Model Observer, Volume 32, Number 1, January, 2019

  Licensure for Clinical Scientists: A Critical Issue for Psychological Scientists
  By Robert W. Levenson
Observer, Volume 29, Number 1, January 2016

Update on the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System
By Richard R. Bootzin
Observer, Volume 22, Number 3, March 2009

PCSAS Outreach 
By Richard M. McFall
Observer, Volume 22, Number 3, March 2009

Psychological Clinical Science and Accreditation: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
By Robert W. Levenson
Observer, Volume 22, Number 3, March 2009

‘An Unconscionable Embarrassment’
Observer, Volume 22, Number 8, October 2009


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