The C-I program at JMU was sparked by the recognition that the increasing complexity of human psychological needs required a comprehensive and integrative approach to fostering psychological well-being in both systems and individuals across the lifespan. The idea for the program began percolating in the early 1990s and became JMUís first doctoral program in 1994.
The C-I Psy.D. Doctoral Program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It first received APA accreditation in July of 1997, and has been continuously accredited ever since. The program was most recently awarded full, ten-year re-accreditation after a review process in 2017.