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Program Director: Dr. Richard Zinbarg
Clinical Program Handbook 

Mental health in the United States has become a national priority.  Clinical psychology has taken an important role in the development of new interventions and assessment devices, as well as sophisticated research evaluations of them.  Clinical psychology has also made important contributions to our understanding of the causes of various mental disorders.  An understanding of causal factors is necessary before prevention progress can be developed. 

Through course work and practical experience, students in the Clinical Psychology Program receive training in the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of emotional disorders. However, the major emphasis of the program is clinical research and research methods and prepares students for primary careers in research and teaching in clinical psychology.

The Clinical Psychology Program of the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University on the Evanston Campus is a member of the Academy for Psychological Clinical Science and is accredited by both the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

PCSAS was created in 2008 to promote superior science-centered education and training in clinical psychology, to increase the quality and quantity of clinical scientists contributing to the advancement of public health, and to enhance the scientific knowledge base for mental and behavioral health care.

More information about PCSAS, including its goals and history, can be found at the following website: Any questions about the status of the program’s APA accreditation should be directed to:

The Commission on Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington DC, 20002-4242
TEL: 202-336-5979