Roger Peterson Appointed to APA Accreditation Committee

We are very pleased to announce that Roger L. Peterson, PhD, ABPP, Chair of the Department of Clinical Psychology, has been appointed to the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA).

A slate for this seat was nominated by the CoA Executive Committee and the appointment was made by the APA Board of Directors. The appointment is for two years and is renewable.

Dr. Peterson has long served in national and regional posts. He is a past president of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) and directed two national conferences. His work with the APA began in 1991 as an accreditation site visitor. This is his second stint on the CoA, since he served as a NCSPP delegate from 1999-2004.

In 2008, the 21 member Committee on Accreditation will become a 32 member Commission. “I’m particularly excited to again be involved in accreditation during the transition to a new structure and to be able to work with some old friends,” says Dr. Peterson on the recent announcement.

The CoA is recognized as a specialized accreditor by the U.S. Secretary of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors. It accredits all doctoral programs in psychology, PhD and PsyD alike, in the country.

Dr. Peterson’s appointment to an At-Large seat is a special honor. APA accreditation for doctoral programs in psychology is a rigorous process and requires an intensive internal self-study for each institution as well as external review. Antioch New England underwent its own APA site visit and re-accreditation in 2005 and received the longest possible re-accreditation of seven years. This achievement enhances our national reputation and helps ensure our graduates the highest level of access to excellence in doctoral internship sites and post-doctoral training.

We congratulate Dr. Peterson on this important appointment.