About Accredited Postdoctoral Programs for Training in Professional Psychology
Aug. 19, 2014
The following notice is provided as a public service by the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation consistent with a Web listing protocol recommended by the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
This section of the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation Website contains the only official web listing of psychology postdoctoral residency programs accredited by the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA). The APA-CoA is not responsible for the accuracy of any accredited status representations on any other website or database, including the APPIC directory.
This website listing is provided for informational purposes and does not contain a full historical record of accredited programs; it should not be used for historical credential review. You may email the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation for verification of prior accreditation. When making a request, please provide the name, location (city/state) and year(s) in question for the postdoctoral program you are inquiring about.
For a copy of the most recent official program listing as published in the December American Psychologist, please contact the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at (202) 336-5979 or by emailing the Office.
Information Provided on This Website
- The Commission on Accreditation (CoA) has accredited the postdoctoral residency training programs in professional psychology offered by the agencies listed below.
- The original date of accreditation, listed for each program, is the day on which the program’s accredited status became effective.
- The listing for each program includes the date of the next regularly scheduled site visit. Those programs visited prior to 2013 for which a final decision has not been reached at the time of this posting are listed as next site visit not yet scheduled.
- To obtain more information on training offered, requirements for admission and outcomes of specific programs, the reader is encouraged to contact the program directly.
About the Accreditation Process
- Program review is governed by the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology (G&P) (PDF, 460KB). A hardcopy of this document is available from the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation upon request.
- The CoA accepts third-party comment on programs in advance of their next scheduled reviews. For details on providing comment, please refer to Section 7 of the Accreditation Operating Procedures (PDF, 253KB) or contact the Program Consultation and Accreditation Office by telephone at (202) 336-5979.
- Accreditation is a voluntary process. Programs that have not applied for and received accreditation are not included in the list. Programs that have applied for initial accreditation after July 1, 2005 are listed on the Application Listing.
A list of programs accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) is available on the CPA Web site. The APA and CPA are in the process of phasing out concurrent accreditation and signed the First Street Accord, an agreement of mutual accreditation recognition in 2012. Beginning on September 1, 2015, the APA will no longer accredit programs in Canada.
- The official accreditation status of each program is provided at the bottom of each listing. Starting in 2014, for programs receiving final decisions, the number of years of accreditation granted until the next site visit and the general decision guideline serving as the basis for the granting of accreditation in effect at that time will be provided. In accordance with its policies regarding confidentiality of program decisions, the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation cannot provide detailed information regarding these statuses to the public. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the program directly for that information. The official accreditation statuses are as follows:
- Accredited, on contingency: Postdoctoral programs that apply for “accredited on contingency” status must meet all standards except for the inclusion of all required outcome data on interns/residents in the program and after graduation. To move from “accredited, on contingency” status to fully accredited, the program must provide the required data by the time two (2) cohorts have completed the program.
- Accredited: Programs that have been judged by the CoA to be consistent substantively and procedurally with the G&P.
- Accredited, on probation: Programs that are, in the CoA’s judgment, not deemed to be fully consistent with the G&P. While this is an accredited status, this serves as notice that the program has issues that need to be addressed.
- Accredited, inactive: Postdoctoral programs that have no residents in the denoted training year.
- The CoA grants accreditation of 3-7 years from the date of the site visit. The number of years granted is based on the professional judgment of the CoA consistent with the following guidelines:
- 7 Year Guideline: Compliance or substantial compliance with all domains of the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation (G&P). No serious deficiencies.
- 5 Year Guideline: Multiple minor deficiencies exist and/or deficiencies have been recently corrected.
- 3 Year Guideline: Program resource concerns, instability and/or serious deficiencies remain, but can be corrected in the near future (minor deficiencies typically addressed in the next self-study.)
- The CoA may also assign a program “accredited, on probation” status. Although it is an accredited status, it is considered by the CoA to be an adverse action that serves as notice to the program, its students/interns/residents and the public that in the professional judgment of the CoA, the accredited program is not consistent with the G&P and may have its accreditation revoked. Prior to this designation, a program is provided an opportunity to show cause why it should not be placed on probation by providing a written response to the issues of concern. A program not coming into compliance within two (2) CoA meetings after the show cause notice is assigned “accredited, on probation” status. This status is appealable within 30 days of receipt of written notice of the CoA decision.
- Revocation: In the event that a program continues to be out of compliance with the G&P following “accredited, on probation” status, the CoA in its professional judgment may revoke the program's accreditation. “Revocation of accreditation” is considered by the CoA to be an adverse action designating a program that has previously been placed on “accredited, on probation” status and for which the CoA has evidence that the program continues to be substantively inconsistent with the G&P at the time of the review of the program's response to the probation. Revocation is appealable within 30 days of receipt of written notice of the CoA decision.
- Additional information on all accreditation statuses can be found on pages 10-12 of the Accreditation Operating Procedures (PDF, 167KB).
- The accreditation status listed for each program reflects that program’s current accredited status. If a review of a program is not complete or the decision is not final, the program’s prior accreditation status continues to be in effect until the review has been completed and a final decision has been reached.
- All Canadian programs currently accredited by APA through the phase-out phase of September 1, 2015 will be listed as accredited through the 2014-2015 training year rather than by the year of the next scheduled site visit. Concurrent programs with scheduled reviews prior to that date are listed with the date of the next regularly scheduled site visit.
About Postdoctoral Residency Training Programs
- Postdoctoral residencies may be accredited as programs preparing individuals for practice at an advanced level in the traditional practice areas of Clinical, Counseling, or School Psychology. At present, all accredited traditional programs are in Clinical Psychology.
- Postdoctoral residencies may also be accredited in specialty practice areas. Per Implementing Regulation C-11(b), those specialty areas that have met the guidelines to be included in the scope of accreditation are as follows:
- Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology
- Clinical Child Psychology
- Clinical Health Psychology
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Family Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Rehabilitation Psychology
Agencies/institutions may offer postdoctoral training programs in one or more traditional and/or specialty areas. Each program listing on this website represents a separately accredited program. As such, an agency/institution may be listed under multiple headings, consistent with the types of programs accredited at that site.