Future Accreditation Plans

January 2017 

University of Arizona Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology 

A Note on Future Accreditation Plans 

“... the overarching goals of the accreditation of clinical psychology graduate programs should be to ensure that programs produce psychologists who (a) have the knowledge and skills necessary to reduce the burden of mental illness and improve public health and (b) act in ethical and compassionate ways that help and do not harm vulnerable and diverse populations” (Levenson, 2017, pg. 4). 

The University of Arizona Doctoral Program Clinical Program is accredited by both of the two major accrediting bodies in the field, the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation (CoA) and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). We are currently seeking re-accreditation with CoA, and if successful, our accreditation renewal will last until 2028; we are accredited with PCSAS through 2020. Our clinical science training model and vision is most consistent with the standards of the PCSAS. Presently, PCSAS is working toward: 1) ensuring that graduates from its programs are fully license-eligible in the majority of states in which they may pursue professional practice; 2) that the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) allows students from PCSAS programs into the internship match; and, 3) that the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) provides parity for and recognition of PCSAS within all of its regulatory standards. When these changes are realized, our program will consider remaining accredited solely by PCSAS. Any such discussion will focus on ensuring our graduates can have the sorts of successful careers they have long enjoyed (e.g., as university professors, college teachers, public policy analysts, faculty in medical centers, research institutes and VA settings, licensed clinical psychologists, and administrators/directors of a variety of community agencies/organizations). In making this statement, we are pleased to stand with other leading clinical psychology doctoral training programs, including at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Indiana University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Delaware, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of South Florida, and Stony Brook University, that have expressed very similar commitments to clinical psychological science training and plans regarding future accreditation.