PCSAS – Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System

The Graduate Program in Clinical Psychological Science at Indiana was accredited in 2015 by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). PCSAS was created to promote 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 Indiana program is deeply committed to these goals and proud to be an initial member of the PCSAS Founder’s Circle and one of the 35+ clinical psychology programs accredited by PCSAS. (Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System, 1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 402. Washington, DC 20036-1218. Telephone: 301-455-8046. Website: http://www.pcsas.org/)

APA CoA – American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation

The Graduate Program in Clinical Psychological Science at Indiana has been accredited continuously by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation since 1948. Our program was among the first to obtain such accreditation. (Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE. Washington, DC 20002-4242. Telephone: 202-336-5979. Website: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/)

Future Accreditation Plans: The Graduate Program in Clinical Psychological Science at Indiana 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 interventions; and ultimately to reducing the burden of mental illness and related problems in living. Our program is PCSAS accredited until 2025. We are deeply committed to ongoing PCSAS accreditation, as the goals and values of the organization are consistent with our training model. The program is also APA accredited until 2023. We have noted both a shift over time in curricular and other requirements associated with APA accreditation and significant changes in knowledge and skills necessary for students to thrive professionally. Therefore, we are uncertain how well APA’s future requirements will align with the longstanding clinical science training goals of our program and the needs of graduates who will have optimal preparation for addressing pressing challenges in clinical psychology. For these reasons, when our current APA accreditation ends in 2023, we may or may not seek subsequent accreditation from APA while maintaining our PCSAS accreditation indefinitely. Discussion of this issue would include students in our program and would in no way represent a departure from our core mission, stated above, and our guiding values of collaboration, mutual respect, fairness, diversity, and the highest ethical standards.  We will not make any changes that would limit our students’ training opportunities or threaten the ability of our graduates to have the sorts of successful careers they have long enjoyed (e.g., as university professors, college teachers, public policy analysts, faculty in medical centers and research institutes, licensed clinical psychologists, and administrators/directors of a variety of community agencies/organizations). Finally, we are pleased to note that other leading clinical psychology doctoral training programs, including at UC Berkeley, UCLA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Delaware, and Stony Brook University, have expressed very similar commitments to clinical psychological science training and plans regarding future accreditation.