Clinical Science: Accreditation
PCSAS – Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System

The Clinical Science Program at the University of California, Berkeley was accredited in 2013 by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). 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. The Berkeley program is deeply committed to these goals and proud to be one of the select group of programs accredited by PCSAS. To correspond with PCSAS, or for additional information: http://www.pcsas.org/

 

APA – American Psychological Association

The Clinical Science Program, a doctoral program in Clinical Science, accredited as a program in clinical psychology, has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1948. (Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE. Washington, DC 20002-4242. Telephone: 202-336-5979)

 

Future Accreditation Plans

The Clinical Science doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley provides students with the highest quality training in the integration of science and practice. Reflecting this, the program has been accredited continuously by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1948 and by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) since 2013. The staggering personal, social, and economic burdens of mental illness and related problems and the difficulty of making progress in reducing these burdens has created an increasing need for training clinical psychologists who have more intensive clinical research training, greater experience working in interdisciplinary research teams, broader exposure to a range of clinical problems, and deeper knowledge in emerging fields (e.g., neuroscience and genetics).

 

The Clinical Science program at the University of California, Berkeley is committed to training clinical psychologists who are prepared to make significant contributions to basic research on mental illness and well-being; to the development, evaluation, delivery, and dissemination of new assessments and treatments; and ultimately to reducing the burden of mental illness and related problems in living. Increasingly we view the evolving curricular and other demands associated with APA accreditation as interfering with this approach to training. We are currently accredited by APA and PCSAS through 2023. As the 2023 renewal approaches, we will consider not continuing accreditation with APA. To ensure the highest level of excellence and integration of scientific and applied clinical training, we will continue to maintain PCSAS accreditation.

 

Applicants to our program may have concerns about the implications of these changes for professional training, licensure, and employment. Regardless of whether we decide to continue APA accreditation, 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 modern clinical science and practice. In service of this goal, we will continue to maintain our in-house Psychology Clinic, which plays a central role in providing clinical training for our students, houses numerous clinical research projects, and provides high quality clinical services to the Berkeley community. Further, our graduates will still be eligible for professional licensure in California, in states that recognize both PCSAS and APA accreditation (currently Delaware and Illinois, and under consideration in a number of other states), and in states that do not require APA accreditation.