Specialty Specific Requirements


• Candidates should have documented coursework in cognitive and behavioral psychology during their graduate or post-doctoral training, which can be supplemented by postdoctoral Continuing Education activities.
• The applicant is required to have completed an acceptable internship program (e.g., an APA accredited or APPIC member internship) and a one-year formal post-doctoral training experience predominantly in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology OR two years of professional experience primarily in cognitive and behavioral psychology.
• Documentation of relevant cognitive and behavioral psychology experience is represented by having been supervised in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. In some cases supervision that is not part of a formal doctoral program can be substituted.
• Because the practice of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology is multifaceted, candidates may apply (and be examined) in one or more of four areas of emphasis. These areas include: Applied Behavior Analysis, Behavior Therapy, Behavioral-Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Therapy. Although your self-identification may be in one of these specific areas, it is expected that applicants are conversant in broad-based cognitive and behavioral psychology.
• The board recognizes that not all of your experience is exclusively in cognitive and behavioral psychology. However, it is expected that you will belong to, and self-identify with, one or more of the major professional organizations in cognitive and behavioral psychology.


Psychologists who meet the degree, internship, and postdoctoral criteria shown above, AND who have 15 years or more of postdoctoral experience following licensure as a psychologist are eligible for the Senior Psychologist option. The aim of this program is to bring into the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology senior colleagues who have made a sustained contribution to our field.




The board encourages qualified individuals with disabilities to apply for ABCP Specialist status. The Board recognizes that these individuals may encounter unusual difficulties and will make efforts to provide resonable accommodations for these applicants.


The Board will consider individual requests for accommodations by qualified individuals with disabilities. Although a qualified individual can request resonable accommodation, he or she must formalize the request with the Board, and is expected to support the request with documentation confirming the need for reasonable accommodation and the basis of the need.

At the request of the Board, applicants with special needs have to be ready to document the problem and assist the board in developing reasonable accommodations. At its sole discretion, the Board will either grant or deny the request.



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