Psychologist/Doctor of Psychology/Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PhD/PsyD/LCS)

Psychologists, or clinical psychologists, evaluate, diagnose and treat individuals with mental and/or emotional disorders and assist medical or surgical patients in coping with illness or injury. Psychologists may also specialize in different areas.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Psychologists work in hospitals, clinics, schools, prisons, rehabilitation centers, and mental health facilities as well as in government or private industry. They diagnose and treat psychological disorders following interviews and observations of a patient’s activities. They may consult with psychiatrists to develop treatment programs for patients. They are trained to perform various psychological tests to diagnose mental or emotional disorders and plan and implement appropriate treatment(s).

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High School Courses

Students must obtain a master’s and a doctoral degree to practice as a clinical psychologist. Students with a bachelor’s degree in psychology can assist psychologists or work in the mental health profession, however their opportunities are more limited. There are two types of doctoral degrees – a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) and a Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology). Psychologists with a Ph.D. generally qualify for a number of teaching, research, clinical or counseling positions, while those with a Psy.D. often work in clinical positions. At least 2 years of study are required to earn a master’s degree in psychology, while 5 to 7 years of graduate study are needed for a doctoral degree. Upon earning an advanced degree from an accredited school, students must meet proper certification requirements which may include completing an internship and passing an examination. 

Education and Training

State Licensing Information:

Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
PO Box 3079
Peachtree City, GA 30269
678/216-1175
www.asppb.org/

Educational Institutions

Psychology Minor/Major
Alverno College
Beloit College
Cardinal Strich University
Carroll University
Carthage
Concordia University
Edgewood College
Lakeland College
Lawrence University
Marian University
Marquette University
Mount Mary College
Northland College
Rasmussen College – Appleton
Rasmussen College – Green Bay
Rasmussen College – Wausau
Ripon College
Silver Lake College
St. Norbert College
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac
University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse
University of Wisconsin – Madison
University of Wisconsin – Manitowoc
University of Wisconsin – Marinette
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin – Parkside
University of Wisconsin – Platteville
University of Wisconsin – River Falls
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin – Stout
University of Wisconsin – Superior
University of Wisconsin – Waukesha
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
Upper Iowa University – Blackhawk
Upper Iowa University – Elkhorn
Upper Iowa University – Madison
Upper Iowa University – Milwaukee
Upper Iowa University – Prairie du Chien
Upper Iowa University – Wausau
Viterbo University
Wisconsin Lutheran College

Counseling Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin – River Falls
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Educational Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Madison
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Master Applied Psychology
University of Wisconsin -Stout

Master Marriage and Family Therapy
Edgewood College
University of Wisconsin – Stout

Master of Science in Psychology
Cardinal Stritch
Marquette University 
University of Wisconsin – Madison
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin – River Falls
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology

Post-Master’s Certicate
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Psychology Certificate
North Central Technical College

Rehabilitation Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Madison

School Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin – River Falls
University of Wisconsin – Stout
University of Wisconsin – Whitewater

Ph.D. Program
Marian University (Philosophy)
Marquette University
University of Wisconsin – Madison
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology

Hospitals with Associated Educational Programs

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison
Veterans Administration Medical Center, Milwaukee

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Clinical Psychology
211 East Davis Boulevard
Tampa, FL, 33606-3728
813/251-9284
www.aacpsy.org/

American Board of Professional Psychology
600 Market St., Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
919/537-8031
www.abpp.org

American Psychological Association (APA)
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC, 20002-4242
202/336-5500 or 800/374-2721
www.apa.org

Association for Applied Sport Psychology
8365 Keystone Crossing, Suite 107
Indianapolis, IN, 46240
317/205-9225
appliedsportpsych.org/

Association for Psychological Science
1133 15th St., NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC, 20005
202/293-9300
www.psychologicalscience.org/

Association of Humanistic Psychology
310/692-0495
www.ahpweb.org/

Clinical Social Work Association
PO Box 10
Garrisonville, VA, 22463
202/203-9350
www.clinicalsocialworkassociation.org/

National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway, Suite 402
Bethesda, MD, 20814
301/657-0270 or 866/331-NASP
www.nasponline.org/

Social Psychology Network
Department of Psychology Wesleyan University
207 High St.
Middletown, CT, 06459-0408
860/685-2368
www.socialpsychology.org/

Wisconsin Psychological Association
126 South Franklin St.
Madison, WI, 53703
608/251-1450
www.wipsychology.org/

Wisconsin School Psychologists Association
PO Box 143
Onalaska, WI, 54650
www.wspaonline.net/

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2012 (Wisconsin): 2,280
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 16,600
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 18,300
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): 10%
Expected Annual Openings: 520
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $66,434

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

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