The program is accredited by PCSAS (Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System)
through 2030. In addition, the program is a member of the PCSAS Founder's Circle.
PCSAS provides rigorous, objective, and empirically based accreditation of Ph.D. programs
in scientific clinical psychology. Its goal is to promote superior science-centered
education and training in clinical psychology, increase the quality and number of
clinical scientists contributing to the advancement of public health, and enhance
the scientific knowledge base for mental and behavioral health care. PCSAS accreditation
is in line with our program’s commitment to a clinical science training model.
The program is accredited, on probation, by the APA CoA (Commission on Accreditation,
American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242,
Phone: 202-336-5979). The program was most recently accredited by APA CoA in the spring
of 2018, and, at the time, received full accreditation until 2028. However, the decision
to place the program on probationary status was made by APA CoA on September 12, 2021.
The program is actively working to satisfy CoA's required changes to lift the probationary
status as soon as possible.
IMPORTANT! APPLICANTS FOR FALL 2022 ADMISSIONS AND BEYOND: Although we are currently accredited by both the APA CoA (probationary) and PCSAS,
the program has come to the decision that our approach to training is more consistent
with the values of PCSAS, which was specifically designed to accredit clinical science
programs, than of CoA, which accredits programs with a variety of training models
spanning all of applied clinical psychology. Hence, it is our intention to not seek
accreditation by CoA after our current CoA accreditation expires. We will continue
to maintain our PCSAS accreditation.
As such, if you are admitted to our program for Fall 2022 and choose to attend, you
will graduate from a program that is accredited only by PCSAS. You will not graduate
from an APA accredited program, nor will any subsequent entering classes.
Our program will remain committed to training students who are among the field’s best
clinical psychologists, fully prepared for positions at the forefront of clinical
science and practice. We will remain committed to preparing students to be competitive
for the best internships, postdoctoral positions, and career opportunities, and we
will maintain our emphasis on training clinical scientists who approach psychological
problems from an evidence-based perspective and who also are skilled clinicians. In
addition, all students graduating from our PCSAS-only accredited program will be eligible
for licensure in NY and a growing number of other states (including California, Delaware,
Illinois, and others). Please visit the PCSAS website for additional information on
licensing and other issues: