Roberts Wesleyan College Psychology Program Receives APA Accreditation

Rochester Chamber Partner member Roberts Wesleyan College is pleased to announce the Psy.D. program in Clinical/School Psychology has received an accreditation on contingency from the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). After a comprehensive review process, the accreditation status verifies that the Roberts Wesleyan College program is consistent with the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology, according to the APA.

The APA recognized the quality of the curriculum and training the Robert’s program and licensed faculty provides, preparing students for fields in health service psychology (HSP) by integrating empirical evidence and practice in compliance with professional standards. The innovative curriculum blends the professional areas of clinical and school psychology in a programmatic sequence of courses, culminating in the completion of a dissertation that addresses an issue relevant for the professional practice of clinical/school psychology.

"We are thrilled to receive this accreditation on contingency before the first cohort graduates, as an indication that our program meets the high standards of training expected by the profession,” said Dr. Julia Grimm, dean and chair of the department of psychology. “This accreditation gives students an assurance of value, as attending and graduating from an APA-accredited school will not only allow access to excellent in-class and practicum experiences, but also creates more opportunities for internships and ultimately, jobs.”

The Psy.D. program faculty plans to pursue an accredited status as early as November 1, 2021 after obtaining graduate outcome data. The accreditation on contingency status will remain in effect until October 28, 2023 and all students who complete the program during this time will have recognition for completing an APA-accredited program.

Roberts Wesleyan College currently has 30 students enrolled in the program. The first cohort of eight Psy.D. students is expected to graduate in May 2020.

For more information about Roberts Wesleyan’s Psy.D. In Clinical/School Psychology, click here.

About Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College is committed to character development, Christ-centered education, transformational learning and service. With 1,746 students and a tradition of excellence for more than 152 years, the college strives to inspire students to transform themselves and the world, and offers over 90 undergraduate, graduate and adult-degree completion programs taught by high-quality, supportive faculty. The college also has a doctoral program in Clinical & School Psychology. Redhawks Athletics offers 19 intercollegiate sports. Roberts Wesleyan was honored on the 2015-18 Great Colleges to Work For list, presented by The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2018 and 2017, the college was named the Best Undergraduate Program by Rochester Business Journal readers. For more information and recognitions, visit