Applicants' perspectives on applying for psychology licensure: Experiences, problems and recommendations

William N Robiner, Jessica Rose Dewolfe, John A. Yozwiak

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This study explores problems associated with the psychology licensure process from the perspective of licensure applicants. Respondents (n = 218) participated in a survey about the licensure process, problems encountered, and the effect of licensure delays. Problems included adverse effects for applicants, consumers, and hiring organizations. Half of the participants perceived delays in acquiring their licenses. Problems associated with delayed licensure included financial burdens, barriers to professional development, and emotional effects. Delays affected eligibility for third-party payer networks and delayed access to services by various consumers, including underserved populations. Delays also adversely affected employers and colleagues as well as applicants' perceptions of boards. The authors provide recommendations for promoting boards' efficiency to improve licensing boards' applicant review processes, as well as enhanced training of students in the requirements for licensure and the application process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010


  • Board of Psychology
  • Health regulation
  • Licensure


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