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The Major Functions of PCSAS

  • To formulate and implement accreditation policies, procedures, and criteria in support of the PCSAS accreditation mission and goals, and to adapt and refine these activities through a process of continuous quality improvement.
  • To review and evaluate the performance records and overall quality of the education and training provided by the doctoral programs in psychological clinical science that apply for initial or renewed PCSAS accreditation.
  • To coordinate site visits to applicant programs as part of the review and evaluation process.
  • To appoint a diverse group of leading psychological clinical scientists and science educators to PCSAS’s Review Committee.
  • To provide applicant programs and the general public with timely and informative summaries of the Review Committee’s evaluations and accreditation decisions.
  • To obtain and maintain annual reports from PCSAS-accredited programs; analyze and evaluate the data in these reports; and provide programs and the general public with useful summaries of the information gleaned from these reports.

  • To enhance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (DEIJ) by integrating DEIJ in the operations of PCSAS, including the review process, as well as the clinical science programs that PCSAS accredits.
  • To engage in self-study and self-evaluation of PCSAS operations for the purpose of enhancing the performance and assuring the quality of PCSAS accreditation, and to provide the general public with summaries of these self-studies.
  • To maintain active communications with relevant stakeholders regarding PCSAS accreditation and shared interests in scientific, educational, and public health issues.
  • To sponsor science-centered educational activities with diverse participants, such as conferences, workshops, publications, continuing education programs, or research, for the purpose of improving the quality and impact of educational activities, methods, and services in scientific clinical psychology.
  • To build and maintain a sound fiscal foundation and business plan that will help to ensure PCSAS’s viability and performance over time.