Welcome - from the President

Alina Surís, Ph.D., ABPP

Welcome to the website of the American Board of Clinical Psychology (ABCP). ABCP was one of the first specialty boards of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) which was established in 1947. ABCP continues to embrace the mission of ABPP and is currently the largest specialty in the organization.  Board certification provides recognition that a psychologist has met the standards and possesses the competencies required in his or her specialty.  Our website provides information about the science and practice of clinical psychology, the training and education required to qualify to apply for this specialty, and direction regarding the board certification process in the specialty of Clinical Psychology.


If you are an individual seeking professional services of a board certified clinical psychologist, please use the Find a Board Certified Psychologist feature in the ABPP home page and then go to the ABPP Directory, to locate a board certified clinical psychologist practicing in your area.


If you are a psychologist interested in seeking board certification in Clinical Psychology, I invite you to continue reading for information important to this process. Board certification is meant to be within the reach of most practitioners of professional psychology. The ABCP examination is intended to certify that the successful candidate has completed the education, training, and experience necessary to provide quality services in the specialty of Clinical Psychology.  The examination process is inclusive and is based on the foundational and functional competencies of Clinical Psychology, as outlined in our Examination Manual.  As you prepare for the examination, make sure to utilize the most current version of the Clinical Examination Manual. It is designed to demystify the certification process by providing explicit instructions for each stage of the exam process, delineating the examiners’ criteria for candidate evaluation, and offering passing and failing performance examples for each of the competencies.   


If you are already an ABPP Specialist, you understand the importance of board certification to the public and to our profession.  Your willingness to serve as an examiner in your region is one way to continue your commitment to the organization.  I encourage you to volunteer as an examiner by contacting your Regional Coordinator or myself.  A sincere thank you to those already actively engaged in doing exams and in mentoring candidates. 


For those of you who are early in your psychology career (up to 10 years post-graduation), please consider becoming actively involved in ABPP. Your perspective is valued and your voice is welcomed in shaping the direction for the board certification process. Please contact your Regional Coordinator to become involved as an examiner and/or feel free to provide input directly to myself or the ABCP Board of Directors.


For those of you who are doctoral students, interns, or residents, you may be eligible to start the board certification process through the ABPP Early Entry Option program. Participation in this program allows you to demonstrate your early commitment to lifelong professional development and identification and provides for access to early mentoring through the process. The application process easy and the fees are significantly discounted.  As an Early Entry Member, you can start "banking" your education and training experiences, instead of later having to work to locate these necessary documents.  I also encourage university faculty and training directors of practicums, internships, and fellowships, to share the benefits of this early entry option with their students.


I am honored and privileged to have served on the Clinical Board and the ABPP Board of Trustees for many years. I look forward to serving as the President of ABCP and will continue to carry out our mission diligently. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly with input for the Board and/or if you have any questions about the board certification process in Clinical Psychology.




Alina Surís, Ph.D., ABPP

Board Certified in Clinical Psychology

President, American Board of Clinical Psychology


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