Commission on Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation shall evaluate doctoral, internship and postdoctoral residency programs in professional psychology, in accordance with published criteria and procedures.

There shall be no fewer than 32 persons appointed to the Commission on Accreditation. To achieve appropriate balance between academic institutions and programs, practitioners of the profession, and the publics served by accreditation, appointments to the Commission on Accreditation shall represent in addition the following domains of perspective and responsibility with regard to professional education and training in psychology, each of which is essential to the balance of viewpoints expected in accrediting bodies and their activities.

Should you need to contact the Commission on Accreditation or any of its members regarding any accreditation issue that correspondence should be sent directly to the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation. Members of the Commission on Accreditation, as part of their role and their responsibilities to the Commission, are prohibited from consulting with programs during their term of appointment, and for a period of one year thereafter.

Staff Liaison

Susan Zlotlow, PhD (email)


  • CoA Chair: Carl E. Paternite, PhD
  • Associate Chair, Program Review: Debora J. Bell, PhD
  • Associate Chair, Quality Assurance: Kathleen J. Bieschke, PhD

*Note: All terms begin on January 1 and end on December 31 of the given years unless noted otherwise.

Representing the Breadth of the Scientific Discipline of Psychology

Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP)

  • Mark H. Ashcraft, PhD (2010-14)
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    PhD, Experimental Psychology, 1975, University of Kansas
    APA Fellow (Div. 3)

  • Cindy I. Carlson, PhD (2014-15)
    University of Texas, Austin
    PhD, School Psychology, 1982, Indiana University
    APA Fellow (Divs. 16, 43)/APA Member (Div. 53)

  • Wallace E. Dixon, Jr., PhD (2009-14)
    East Tennessee State University
    PhD, Child Developmental Psychology, 1990, Miami University

  • Carl E. Paternite, PhD (2010-15)
    Miami University (Ohio)
    PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1977, University of Iowa
    APA Member

APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA)

  • Vacant

Representing Professional Education and Training in Psychology

Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)

  • Henry A. Buchtel, PhD (2012-16)
    University of Michigan, Neuropsychology Section
    PhD, Physiological Psychology, 1969, McGill University
    APA Member (Divs. 6, 40)

  • David B. Mather, PhD (2013-16)
    Naval Medical Center, San Diego
    PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1988, University of Connecticut
    ABPP (Clinical)
    APA Member

  • Emil Rodolfa, PhD (2013-15)
    California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University
    PhD, Counseling Psychology, 1981, Texas A&M University
    APA Fellow (Divs. 17, 45)

Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP)

  • Kathleen J. Bieschke, PhD (2011-16)
    Pennsylvania State University
    PhD, Counseling Psychology, 1991, Michigan State University
    APA Fellow (Divs. 17, 44)

  • Tammi Vacha-Hasse, PhD (2012-14)
    Colorado State University
    PhD, Counseling Psychology, 1995, Texas A&M University
    APA Fellow (Divs. 17, 29, 42)/APA Member (Divs. 20, 51)

Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs (CDSPP)

  • Carlen Henington, PhD (2013-15)
    Mississippi State University
    PhD, School Psychology, 1996, Texas A&M University
    APA Member (Div. 16)

  • Gary Stoner, PhD (2011-16)
    University of Rhode Island
    PhD, School Psychology, 1986, University of Rhode Island
    APA Fellow (Div. 16) and APA Member (Div. 25)

Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP)

  • Debora J. Bell, PhD (2010-15)
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    PhD, Child Clinical Psychology, 1989, West Virginia University
    APA Member (Divs. 12, 53)

  • Paula Kay Shear, PhD (March 2014-16)
    University of Cincinnati
    PhD, Clinical Neuropsychology, 1991, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
    APA Fellow (Div. 40)

National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)

  • Clark D. Campbell, PhD (2013-15)
    Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University
    PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1983, Western Seminary
    ABPP (Clinical)
    APA Member (Divs. 12, 36, 55)
  • Philinda S. Hutchings, PhD (2014-16)
    Midwestern University, Glendale (Ariz.) Campus 
    PhD, Psychology, 1978, University of Kansas
    ABPP (Clinical)
    APA Member (Divs. 12, 35)

APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA) and National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP)

  • Mary Beth Kenkel, PhD (2012-14)
    Florida Institute of Technology
    PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1978, Miami University of Ohio
    APA Fellow (Divs. 12, 27, 42) and APA Member (Divs. 2, 35, 38, 52)

Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS)

  • David A. Smith, PhD (2014-16)
    University of Notre Dame
    PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1991, SUNY at Stony Brook
    APA Fellow (Div. 12)

APPIC-Training Communities CoA Nominations Committee (ATCCNC)

Other Internship Groups
  • Loretta E. Braxton, PhD (2012-14)
    VA Medical Center-Durham
    PhD, Counseling Psychology, 1989, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    APA Member (Div. 18)

  • Mary Jan Murphy, PhD (2013-15)
    University of California, Santa Cruz
    PhD, Counseling Psychology, 1989, University of California, Santa Barbara
    APA Member (Div. 17)

Postdoctoral Training Groups
  • Stephen R. McCutcheon, PhD (2013-15)
    VA Puget Sound, Seattle
    PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1985, University of Washington
    APA Member (Div. 18)

Representing Practitioners of the Profession

APA Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) and APA Committee for Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP)

Independent Practice
  • Jack B. Schaffer, PhD (2014-16)
    Independent Practice, St. Paul, Minn.
    PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1977, University of North Dakota
    ABPP (Health Psychology)
    APA Member (Div. 38)
  • Leonard J. Tamura, PhD (2013-15)
    Independent Practice, Littleton, Colo.
    PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1991, Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University
    APA Member (Divs. 29, 30, 42, 45, 50)

Institutional Practice
  • Barry A. Hong, PhD (2013-15)
    Washington University School of Medicine
    PhD, Counseling Psychology, 1978, Saint Louis University
    ABPP (Clinical)
    APA Fellow (Divs. 12, 38)

  • James A. Mulick, PhD (2014-16)
    The Ohio State University
    PhD, General Psychology, 1975, University of Vermont
    APA Fellow (Divs. 1, 25, 33, 37)

Council of Specialties (CoS)

Specialized Practice
  • Nina W. Brown, EdD (2014-16)
    Old Dominion University
    EdD, Counseling, 1973, College of William and Mary
    APA Member (Divs. 1, 49)

Representing the Public Interest

General Public
  • H. Garland Hershey, Jr., DDS, MS, ABO (2011-16)
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    DDS, Dental Surgery, 1965, University of Iowa

  • Karl Koob, MMIS, RHIA, FAHMIA, CPHEHR (2014-16)
    University of Kansas Medical Center
    MMIS, Management Information Systems, 2001, Friends University

Individual and Cultural Diversity

APA Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI)

  • Randall J. Cox, PhD (2013-16)
    University of North Texas
    PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1994, University of North Texas
    APA Member (Divs. 12, 22)

Representing Graduate Student Consumers of Education and Training

American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS)

  • Rachel Herbst, PhD (2013-14)
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Children's Hospital Colorado
    PhD, Counseling Psychology, University of Miami (Fla.)

Open CoA Seats

  • Kurt Freeman, PhD (2012-14)
    Oregon Health & Science University
    PhD, Child Clinical Psychology, 1999, West Virginia University
    ABPP (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology)

  • William L. Hathaway, PhD (2013-15)
    Regent University
    PhD, Clinical Psychology, 1992, Bowling Green State University
    APA Member (Divs. 6, 12, 24, 36, 53)