Becoming Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)




Presenter: Dr. Christine Maguth Nezu is a Professor of Psychology and Professor of Medicine at Drexel University.  She is a past-president of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Society of Clinical Psychology), and co-principle for Nezu Psychological Associates Clinical and Consulting Practice. In addition, she is a current member of the editorial board for the American Psychologist, past editorial board member of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and has also been a consulting editorial board member of a number of additional scientific and professional journals.  Dr. Nezu has received numerous awards from various university and professional organizations.  She is best known for her work as the co-developer of Emotion-Centered Problem-Solving Therapy, a clinical intervention designated by numerous professional organizations as an evidence-based, transdiagnostic psychotherapy approach.


Overview: This webinar will provide a rationale regarding the importance of specialty certification in professional psychology with a particular focus on the areas of specialization that may be of interest to Division 12 members, student members, and fellows who are not currently board certified. Several important benefits of board certification will be described as well as the benefits and the importance of board certification to professional psychology in general. The sequence of board certification including the examination process as well as opportunities for both an early application process and the senior examination process will underscore the value of board certification across the spectrum of professional development. The Functional and foundational competencies that are the focus of the ABPP board certification will be illustrated and discussed.



  1. List the benefits of ABPP board certification
  2. Describe the history of ABPP and its importance to the profession
  3. Recognize the major areas of competency that are assessed through the board certification process
  4. Identify the steps in the ABPP board certification process