The Psy.D. Program was accredited by the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditition during its October 2012 meeting. The accreditation is retroactive to when the site visit took place, which was June 20-21, 2012. Our first students completed their internships in the fall of 2012 so even our first few graduates were able to say they graduated from an APA-accredited program.
All accredited programs are required to post “Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data” on their website. Although we were just accredited, to be consistent with other accredited programs, we have included this information on a separate page, accessed through the button with this name in the tool bar that is located down the left side of each of our webpages. In addition to the Psy.D. program being APA-accredited, Radford University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (http://www.sacs.org/).
The Program is listed in the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards / National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology Doctoral Programs Meeting Designation Criteria (see www.nationalregister.org/desig_about.html for information about the Designation program). The Program’s listing can be found at www.nationalregister.org/desig_VA#radford. The following is the language that we can use to explain the implications of being listed as a Designated Program:
This program meets the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards / National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology "Guidelines for Defining 'Doctoral Degree in Psychology.’" Therefore, graduates of this designated program who decide to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing. However, in each jurisdiction there are additional requirements that must be satisfied. For exact information, please contact the state or provincial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply. Additional information including links to jurisdictions is available on the ASPPB's web site: www.asppb.org.
Once licensed, graduates are eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Provider in Psychology. Graduation from a designated program ensures that the program completed meets the educational requirements for credentialing by the National Register. However, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology©. For further information consult the National Register's web site: www.nationalregister.org.
The Radford University Psy.D. Program is a psychology program intended to educate and train psychologists. We are an identifiable program within the Psychology Department, which is located within the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.
We have 5 core faculty members, all of whom received their Ph.D. from APA-accredited Counseling Psychology programs; details about the faculty can be found in another page. The core Psy.D. faculty have primary responsibility for the core and specialty areas in the curriculum and the Psy.D. Program Director has authority to act for the core faculty in these regards within the Department of Psychology and elsewhere at the University.
As we mentioned above, the Radford University Psy.D. Program is now accredited by the American Psychological Association. If you have questions about the accreditation process for doctoral programs in psychology, you can contact the APA via the following means:
American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation / Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Internet Webpage: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/