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A psychologist is a health care professional who diagnoses and treats mental, nervous, emotional, and behavioral disorders and ailments. Psychologists' practices also include industrial/organizational psychology, research, and teaching.

In providing services to individuals, organizations, and the public, psychologists apply principles, methods or procedures of understanding, predicting or influencing behavior.

License Requirements:

New York psychologists have earned a doctoral degree in psychology from a program registered or accepted as equivalent by the New York State Education Department. Psychologists with doctoral degrees with the letters Ph.D., Psy.D. and Ed.D. all have met the same educational requirements.

In addition, New York psychologists have completed two years of supervised experience, including one year after the doctoral degree. They have also passed a national licensing exam.


The fee for licensure is $294.
The fee for a limited permit is $70 (the limited permit fee is not refundable).

Certifications Issued and Active:

In 2018, there were 511 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2019, there were 572 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2020, there were 507 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of January 1, 2021, there were 11,856 registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of Professions
State Board for Psychology
89 Washington Avenue, 304
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Press 1 then Ext. 150
Fax: (518) 474-0126
E-mail: [email protected]

Standard Occupational Classification:

19-3031 to 19-3039 - Various Psychologists, to All Other Psychologists
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information:

American Psychology Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5500


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 2/8/21.

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