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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.

License Requirements:

The practice of psychology or use of the title "psychologist" or terms "psychologist, psychology, or psychological" or any derivative thereof within New York State requires licensure as a psychologist, unless otherwise exempt under the law.

To be licensed as a psychologist in New York State you must:

  • be of good moral character
  • be at least 21 years of age
  • meet education, examination, and experience requirements
The specific requirements for licensure are contained in Title 8, Article 153, Sections 7603 and 7604 of New York's Education Law and Part 72 of the Commissioner's Regulations. The Rules of the Board of Regents on Unprofessional Conduct are available on this site (

Education Requirements:

To meet the professional education requirement for licensure, you must:

  • Have a doctoral degree in psychology that was granted on the basis of the completion of a doctoral program in psychology registered by the Department as licensure qualifying, or determined by the Department to be the substantial equivalent in accordance with the Regulations of the Commissioner. All persons who apply on or after January 1, 2002 must meet the requirements that became effective on that date.
  • Satisfy the Child Abuse Identification Reporting requirement by completing coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse in accordance with Section 6507(3)(a) of the Education Law.

Experience Requirements:

You must present evidence satisfactory to the State Board for Psychology, of two years of full-time supervised experience (defined as 1750 clock hours per year) or the part-time equivalent, consistent with the scope of practice in psychology in Section 7601-A of the State Education Law.

If you received a doctoral degree on or after October 1, 1992, one of the two years, consisting of 1750 clock hours, must be done after the date your institution has determined that you completed all doctoral degree requirements, including the dissertation.

Examination Requirements

You must pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) with a converted score of at least 75 as determined by the State Board for Psychology.

The examination is administered by:

Pearson Vue
Pearson Vue EPPP Helpline
Toll free: 800-513-6910
Toll: 952-905-7369
Mon.-Fri. 8 AM- 8 PM EST

NOTE: New York candidates may only take this exam four times a year.
For further information regarding the examination contact Pearson Vue (above) or ASPPB:

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
P.O. Box 3079
Peachtree City, GA 30269
Phone: 678-216-1175

Fees (as of November 2, 2016)

The fee for licensure is $294.
The fee for a limited permit is $70.

Certifications Issued and Active:

In 2014, there were 610 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2015, there were 490 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of July 1, 2016, there were 13,624 registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Education Department
Office of Professions
Psychology Board Office
Education Building
89 Washington Avenue, 304
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 592
Fax: (518) 402-2323

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 12/21/16.

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