Notice of Actions — Accreditation Status: Summer 2013

The following serves as a notice of actions related to accreditation status taken by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association at its Summer meeting held July 17-21, 2013. This list does not include actions on programs that did not receive an accreditation decision, or programs that submitted other correspondence or interim reports for review at the Summer meeting.

The official listing of all accredited doctoral, internship and postdoctoral programs appears in each December edition of the American Psychologist. An electronic list of all currently accredited programs in psychology is also available.

Accreditation Statuses and Decision Guidelines

Accredited Statuses

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 6-7 of the Accreditation Operating Procedures (PDF, 253KB).

Doctoral Programs

Granted Initial Accreditation
  • Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Clinical PhD) — effective 3/19/2013
    Next site visit 2018

Granted Continued Accreditation
  • Alliant International University, Fresno (Clinical PsyD)*
    Next site visit 2016

  • Alliant International University, Sacramento (Clinical PsyD)*
    Next site visit 2018

  • Fielding Graduate University (Clinical PhD)
    Next site visit 2016

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Clinical PhD)
    Next site visit 2016

  • University of North Texas (Clinical PhD)
    Next site visit 2020

  • Syracuse University (School PhD)
    Next site visit 2019

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (School PhD)
    Next site visit 2019

Placed on continued "Accredited, Inactive" status for 2013-2014 Academic Year
  • Indiana State University (Counseling PhD) — Terre Haute, IN

Voluntarily Withdrawing from Accreditation
  • Simon Fraser University (Clinical PhD) — Burnaby, BC, Canada — effective 9/1/2013

Internship Programs

Granted Initial Accreditation
  • Boise VA Medical Center — Boise, ID — effective 3/15/2013
    Next site visit 2020

  • Marin County Health and Human Services — San Rafael, CA — effective 2/15/2013
    Next site visit 2020

  • Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center — Philadelphia, PA — effective 3/20/2013
    Next site visit 2020

  • Tarzana Treatment Centers — Tarzana, CA — effective 2/26/2013
    Next site visit 2020

  • Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center — Tuscaloosa, AL — effective 5/10/2013
    Next site visit 2020

  • University of Vermont — Burlington, VT — effective 11/6/2012
    Next site visit 2015

Granted Continued Accreditation
  • Andrus Children's Center — White Plains, NY 
    Next site visit 2020

  • Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System
    Next site visit 2017

  • The Guidance Center — Long Beach, CA 
    Next site visit 2020

  • Jefferson County Internship Consortium — Louisville, KY
    Next site visit 2018

  • The Louisiana School Psychology Internship Consortium — New Orleans, LA
    Next site visit 2019

  • Pilgrim Psychiatric Center — Brentwood, NY
    Next site visit 2018

Placed on "Accredited, Inactive" status for 2013-2014 Academic Year
  • The Watson Institute — Sewickley, PA

Postdoctoral Residency Programs

Granted Initial Accreditation
  • Michigan State University, Flint Area Medical Education — Flint, MI (Rehabilitation) — effective 5/3/2013
    Next site visit 2018

  • Samuel S. Stratton VA Medical Center — Albany, NY (Clinical) — effective 3/8/2013
    Next site visit 2016

  • Stanford University — Stanford, CA (Clinical) — effective 3/19/2013
    Next site visit 2020

  • Stanford University — Stanford, CA (Clinical Child) — effective 3/19/2013
    Next site visit 2020

  • VA Medical Center, Denver — Eastern Colorado Healthcare System (Clinical) — effective 5/7/2013
    Next site visit 2020

  • VA St. Louis Health Care System-St. Louis, MO — St. Louis, MO (Clinical) effective 3/15/2013
    Next site visit 2020

  • VA St. Louis Health Care System-St. Louis, Mo. — St. Louis, MO (Clinical Neuropsychology) effective 3/15/2013
    Next site visit 2020

Granted Continued Accreditation
  • Michigan State University, Flint Area Medical Education — Flint, MI (Clinical Health)
    Next site visit 2018

  • VA North Texas Health Care System — Dallas, TX (Clinical)
    Next site visit 2019

*Prior to the grants of continued accreditation published in this notice, the Clinical PsyD programs at "Alliant International University, Fresno" and "Alliant International University, Sacramento" were previously listed and accredited as a single program, “Alliant International University, Fresno and Sacramento.” In 2013, both programs underwent separate review processes.

** In accordance with Implementing Regulation (PDF, 934KB — Note: View in Acrobat Reader 9 or later) D.8-2, this decision is being made public although it is not yet considered final. This program has 30 days from receipt of the decision letter to appeal the adverse decision. The adverse decision is not considered final until (1) 30 days after the program is notified of the decision and the program elects not to appeal, or (2) if the program elects to appeal the decision, after receipt of the appeal panel report if the appeal panel upholds the CoA's decision.

 

For additional information about psychology accreditation or questions regarding this notice, please feel free to contact the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation at (202) 336-5979 or by email.

Susan F. Zlotlow, PhD
Director, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation