Research Competencies in Psychology

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Excerpts from:

American Psychological Association, Committee on Accreditation. Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2005.

III.   Accreditation Domains and Standards

A.   Doctoral Graduate Programs

B.   Internships

C.   Postdoctoral Residencies

III.   Accreditation Domains and Standards

A.   Doctoral Graduate Programs

Domain B: Program Philosophy, Objectives, and Curriculum Plan

3.   In achieving its objectives, the program has and implements a clear and coherentcurriculum plan that provides the means whereby all students can acquire anddemonstrate substantial understanding of and competence in the following areas:

(a) The breadth of scientific psychology, its history of thought anddevelopment, its research methods, and its applications. To achieve thisend, the students shall be exposed to the current body of knowledge in atleast the following areas: biological aspects of behavior; cognitive and affective aspects of behavior; social aspects of behavior; history andsystems of psychology; psychological measurement; researchmethodology; and techniques of data analysis;

(e) Attitudes essential for life-long learning, scholarly inquiry, andprofessional problem-solving as psychologists in the context of anevolving body of scientific and professional knowledge.


B.   Internships

Domain B: Program Philosophy, Objectives, and Training Plan

4.   In achieving its objectives, the program requires that all interns demonstrate anintermediate to advanced level of professional psychological skills, abilities,proficiencies, competencies, and knowledge in the areas of:

(c) Strategies of scholarly inquiry

5.   The program has the responsibility to further the training experiences of itsinterns and to promote the integration of practice and scholarly inquiry.


C.   Postdoctoral Residencies

Domain B: Program Philosophy, Training Plan and Objectives

3.   Consistent with its philosophy or training model and the standards for the advanced substantive traditional or specialty area of professional psychologypractice in which the program provides its training, the program specifieseducation and training objectives in terms of residentsí competencies expectedupon program completion. In achieving these objectives, the program requiresthat all residents demonstrate an advanced level of professional psychologicalcompetencies, skills, abilities, proficiencies, and knowledge in the followingcontent areas:

(c) strategies of scholarly inquiry

(d) organization, management and administration issues pertinent topsychological service delivery and practice, training, and research


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