Signature Guidelines

The ABPP confers board certification upon recommendation by the relevant Specialty Board.  As such, the “ABPP” certificate itself indicates the particular specialty.  In order to represent oneself as board certified by ABPP, the specialist must pay the annual certification fees and attest to their continued adherence to ABPP standards.

The ABPP Board of Trustees supports clear and simple designation of board certification status, which will ensure that the credential is understood by the public.

For individuals who have one board certification from ABPP, the following format is recommended:

Jane Doe, PhD, ABPP
Board Certified in Clinical Psychology

For individuals who have more than one board certification and subspecialty from ABPP, the following format is recommended:

Jane Doe, PhD, ABPP
Board Certified in Clinical Psychology and Forensic Psychology

Jane Doe, PhD, ABPP
Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology
Board Certified Subspecialist in Pediatric Neuropsychology

For individuals who also hold a board certification other than ABPP, in order to clarify the ABPP board with which one is affiliated, the following format is recommended:

Jane Doe, PhD, ABPP
Board Certified in Clinical Psychology
NASBFP Certified in Biofeedback Psychology

Please note: when individuals wish to indicate a board certification other than ABPP, it is important that the additional board certification is placed on an additional signature line, as indicated above.

ABPP may be spelled-out if desired.  ABPP is a “brand name” which is readily recognized by the profession. Abbreviated designations of certification such as ABCFP or ABCP should not be used.

There may be some circumstances or contexts (e.g., business cards, e-mail signature blocks, letterhead), whereby a simple reference to the acronym “ABPP” to represent the credential is considered an acceptable designation.

Examples:

John Doe, PhD, ABPP
John Doe, PsyD, ABPP Board Certified Specialist