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Goals of the program


We believe that research is an essential career commitment for those who seek and obtain the Ph.D., and students accepted into our program are expected to share that commitment. Students also learn evidence-based assessment and interventions for adults and children with psychological disorders, but students whose primary career goal is the direct practice of psychology would be more satisfied in a different training program. The aim of our program is to provide a structured set of research and clinical experiences that will prepare students for a career in clinical science. Therefore, graduates of our program will be competent in designing, conducting, and evaluating psychological research, as well as in delivering empirically-supported psychological services. Consistent with this orientation, our program is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science - a prestigious group of 63 university-based clinical training programs and 12 internship sites that share similar goals for their programs and for the training of future clinical psychologists.

The Clinical Science Program at the University of Delaware has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1975. Our most recent accreditation was in 2014 and our next visit is scheduled for 2021. In addition, we were accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) in 2011, and our next visit is scheduled for 2021. PCSAS was created to recognize and promote clinical science programs that embody the highest training standards and that graduate clinical scientists who advance our understanding and management of public health problems through their research and application. The Clinical Science Program at the University of Delaware earned PCSAS accreditation by demonstrating a strong and consistent record of producing graduates with successful clinical science careers.​

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:


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