Following an extensive review of its curriculum, faculty, students, and resources, the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation renewed the accreditation status of the doctoral program in clinical psychology years. The APA-CoA is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation as the national accrediting authority for professional education and training in psychology. Programs must undergo regular review. The review process, which includes a detailed self-study and a site-visit by a panel of experts, was conducted over a period of about two years. The APA-CoA accredited the clinical program at Georgia State for the maximum duration, 7 years.
Accreditation of the program is essential for psychology doctoral recipients to be eligible for licensure. Accredited doctoral programs provide broad and general training in scientific psychology and in the foundation of practice, and have a one goal to prepare students for the practice of professional psychology.
The successful review reflects the contributions of many members of the department, and particularly the Director of Clinical Training Dr. Page Anderson, the Associate DCT Dr. Dominic Parrott, and the Graduate Admissions Coordinator Kristy Hill.
In a related development, the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Georgia State University was also recently ranked among the top-100 training programs by U. S. News and World Report. This ranking reflects the recognition of other faculty and administrators in the discipline, and provides another indicator of the quality of achievement by the faculty, students, and staff associated with the clinical program.