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PsychologistPsychologists study the human mind and human behavior. Research psychologists investigate the physical, cognitive, emotional, or social aspects of human behavior. Psychologists in health service provider fields provide mental health care in hospitals, clinics, schools, or private practice. Psychologists who work in applied settings such as business, industry, government or non-profits provide training, conduct research, design systems, and act as advocates for psychology.

To work as a clinical or counseling psychologist one must have a doctoral degree. Those with a Ph.D can work in teaching, research, clinical, and counseling positions in universities, healthcare services, elementary and secondary schools, private industry, and government. Those with a Psy.D. can work in a clinical or counseling setting. A doctoral degree usually requires five to seven years of graduate study. One must complete a dissertation at the culmination of his or her Ph.D. degree.

A Day in a Psychologist`s Life Clinical psychologists

  • help mentally and emotionally disturbed clients adjust to life;


  • help medical and surgical patients deal with illnesses or injuries;


  • help people deal with times of personal crisis, such as divorce or the death of a loved one;


  • interview patients and give diagnostic tests;


  • provide individual, family, or group psychotherapy;


  • may collaborate with physicians and other specialists to develop and implement treatment and intervention programs patients can understand and comply with;


  • may design and implement behavior modification programs

  • School psychologists
  • sometimes train graduate students in the delivery of mental health and behavioral medicine services in universities and medical schools Counseling psychologists advise people on how to deal with problems of everyday living. School psychologists work in elementary and secondary schools or district offices to resolve students` learning and behavior problems. Industrial-organizational psychologists apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace in the interest of improving productivity and the quality of worklife.


  • Developmental psychologists study the physiological, cognitive, and social development that takes place throughout life. Social psychologists examine people`s interactions with others and with the social environment. Experimental or research psychologists study behavior processes using human beings and animals.

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