Prescriptive authority: Psychologists’ abridged training relative to other professions’ training

William N. Robiner, Tanya L. Tompkins, Kate M. Hathaway

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Albeit psychologists were granted prescription authority in two states over a decade ago and in three states in recent years, the controversy over prescriptive authority persists within the profession and remains a concern of diverse stakeholders. The literature provides minimal research on the adequacy of psychopharmacology training programs and how commensurate psychologists’ training is with other prescribers’ training. Comparing psychopharmacology training for psychologists to other prescribing professionals’ training reveals psychologists receive fewer didactic training hours in foundational sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, and pathophysiology) and fewer clinical training hours directly related to prescribing and managing medications. Implications of these findings and legal and regulatory cautions are discussed along with recommendations for future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere12309
JournalClinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

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  • prescription privileges
  • prescriptive authority
  • psychologist
  • quality of care
  • training


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