The ASPPB/National Register Designation Project provides a mechanism for doctoral programs in psychology to demonstrate adherence to national standards. This service helps licensing and credentialing bodies to identify doctoral programs that meet national standards, provides prospective students with an easy-to-digest list of doctoral programs that lead to licensure and credentialing, and protects consumers. The list of designated programs includes programs in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, and programs outside those traditional areas. Applying for designation is voluntary; not every doctoral program that meets the criteria has chosen to apply for designation.

Currently Designated Programs

As of August 23, 2016, there are nine (9) programs that are ASPPB/NR Designated only. This means that these programs have been reviewed by the ASPPB/National Register Designation Committee and have been found to meet the Designation Criteria. These programs are not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) but may apply for accreditation if they are eligible. Please refer to the Designation Project Announcement  for information regarding the designation expiration date for currently designated programs, including those programs with the "Designated/Inactive" Status.

University Name
Location
Program Name
Original Designation Date
Designation Expiration Date
Alliant International University/CSPP Hong Kong, China Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
2010
June 1, 2018
Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI Counseling Psychology (Ph.D.)
1987
June 1, 2018
Boston University Boston, MA Counseling Psychology (Ed.D.)
2008
June 1, 2018
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ Educational Psychology (Ph.D.)
1981
June 1, 2018
Ohio State University Columbus, OH Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Psychology (Ph.D.)
2013
June 1, 2018
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Philadelphia, PA School Psychology (Psy.D.)
2009
June 1, 2018
Tennessee State University Nashville, TN School Psychology (Psy.D.)
1992-2011; 2013
June 1, 2018
University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD Applied Developmental Psychology (Ph.D.)
1996
June 1, 2018
University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Educational Psychology (School Psychology) (Ph.D.)
2012
June 1, 2018

 

In addition, there are seven (7) designated programs that are listed with the “Designated/Inactive” status. This status is for programs that are closed to new students, are scheduled to be phased out, and request special accommodations for currently enrolled students so that they may graduate from a designated program in a timely manner. These programs submit an annual status report for review by the ASPPB/National Register Designation Committee as a part of the ongoing monitoring requirement.

University Name
Location
Program Name
Original Designation Date
Boston University
Boston, MA
Counseling Psychology & Religion  (Ph.D.)
2003
Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr, PA Clinical Developmental Psychology (Ph.D.)
1985
Argosy University - Dallas Farmers Branch, TX
Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
2011
Argosy University - Seattle Seattle, WA
Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
2010
Union Institute & University Brattleboro, VT
Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
2013
Union Institute & University Cincinnati, OH
Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
2013
Wayne State University Detroit, MI Educational Psychology (School Psychology) (Ph.D.)
2011

 

Previously Designated Programs

Since the Designation Project began in 1980, there have been more than 900 programs designated as doctoral programs in psychology. Some of these programs are either no longer in existence, have withdrawn from designation, have been deleted from listing because they no longer meet the criteria, or have earned APA accreditation. To date, 88 designated programs have earned APA accreditation. If you cannot locate a doctoral program in psychology in the list of designated programs, please contact the National Register at 202-783-7663 to determine if the program was ever designated and for what time period.