What is a psychologist?

Psychologists usually have a doctoral degree in psychology. They have received training in human behavior theories, counseling methods, and research. They are qualified to give psychological tests and assessments. They are trained in mental health problems and provide individual, couples, family, and group therapy.
Dr. Rossi Davis
A psychologist is an individual who holds an educational degree such as Ph.D (doctor of philosophy in psychology) Psy.D (doctor of psychology) EDD (doctor of education) and is licensed to practice psychology. The title psychologist is also used in academia to identify a researcher with a doctorate in psychology who does not usually have to hold a license (because that individual is either teaching or conducting research versus providing psychological testing or therapy). Some states and other countries allow for Masters level as opposed to doctoral level clinicians to call themselves psychologists.

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