• Publisher:
  • Published:
  • Categories:
    • Academics
    • University News

Rivier University's Doctor of Psychology Program Achieves National Accreditation Status

Rivier’s Doctor of Psychology in Counseling and School Psychology (Psy.D.) received accreditation on contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA), which grants national accreditation for programs in health service psychology.

The Psy.D. program prepares graduates to obtain licensure as professional psychologists. Rivier is one of only two institutions in New Hampshire to receive APA accreditation for doctoral training programs in psychology.

“Applicants across the nation seek programs distinguished by APA accreditation,” says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President.

“This national credential ensures students that their education will meet the highest standards of their profession and will position them for achievement in their field.”

Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, President

Accredited on contingency is the status granted to programs that meet APA standards but are new enough that they do not have the outcome data required for full accreditation. The University will apply for full accreditation within three years.

Graduates of Rivier’s Psy.D. program are uniquely qualified for a wide range of professional opportunities based on the combined counseling and school psychology curriculum. With this new accreditation status, earning a doctorate from Rivier’s program will provide even greater career mobility in a competitive marketplace. Many organizations in health service psychology now require candidates to have a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program.

“Given the critical shortage of highly trained behavioral health professionals in the region and beyond, Rivier’s program supports workforce development through the education of professionals working on the frontline of our communities’ greatest challenges,” says Sister Paula.

The doctorate builds on Rivier’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling approved by the Board of Mental Health Practice, and the Master of Education in School Counseling and Educational Specialist in School Psychology approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

To learn more about Rivier’s Psy.D. program and other graduate and doctoral programs in business, computer science, counseling, education, nursing, and more, contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions. Prospective students can also contact the Office of Admissions at (603) 897-8507. For more information on Rivier University, its academic programs, and community projects, visit



Sky Croswell
Director of Marketing and Communications
Contact: (603) 897-8514 or

Notes to editors:

Founded in 1933 by the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, Rivier University is a Catholic institution recognized for distinctive academic programs, offering many of the region’s leading programs at the undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, and doctoral levels. The Rivier experience ensures that students develop leadership skills as well as an awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures in New England and around the world.