What is a Psychologist?

A psychologist is a professional who applies the science of human behavior to the resolution of emotional, behavioral, and mental health problems. Doctoral level psychologists typically have four or more years of graduate training beyond the bachelor’s degree, as well as a one-year internship in a clinical setting and additional training as a psychology resident.

To become licensed, psychologists must provide evidence of appropriate education, training, and experience. They must pass a nationally standardized written exam and a state exam to receive their license from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Psychologists also complete continuing education courses to maintain their license.


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