More and more students are deciding to dedicate their studies to psychology in Arizona. In fact, the state’s educational institutions produce some of the highest numbers of bachelors, masters, and doctorates of psychology in the country. There are ample areas for specialization at institutions like Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, including behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology and developmental psychology.

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Arizona Psychologist Licensing

Licensed psychologists in Arizona are permitted to do the following:

  • Assess, diagnose, and treat mental, emotional, behavioral or psychological disorders
  • Provide psychological services to individuals and groups in return for payment
  • Conduct research and publish findings on human psychology

Arizona’s Licensing Authority

The Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners regulates and monitors psychologists and behavioral analysts practicing in the state. It issues licenses to candidates and investigates allegations of unprofessional conduct in the state industry. The Board is made up of nine members appointed by the governor – six are licensed psychologists, including two who are full-time faculty members from Arizona universities with doctoral programs in psychology and at least three in private practice.

To be considered as a candidate for a psychologist license in Arizona, one must complete the following steps:

Be awarded a doctoral degree from an institution approved by the Arizona Board

Successfully defend a doctoral dissertation on a topic closely relating to psychology

Complete 3,000 hours of supervised professional work experience

Complete at least 18 semester hours within a 12-month consecutive period of residency at the degree awarding institution or 300 hours of educational meetings with a faculty member.

Pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) in three or fewer attempts

Submit documents to the Board, including supplemental documents for applicants who did not complete their degree at an APA-accredited program

Other Licensing Criteria
  • During the course of study for the candidate’s doctoral degree, he or she must complete three or more graduate semester hours in the following content areas: ethics and standards, research methods & design, the biology of behavior, the cognitive-affective basis of behavior, the social basis of behavior, individual differences, psychological assessment practices, and treatment modalities.

  • 1,500 hours of the 3,000 hours of supervised professional work experience must be in an APA-accredited or equivalent internship or training program, of which one of every 20 hours must be directly supervised by at least one of two on-site psychologists. The remaining 1,500 hours must be served in a pre-internship professional experience, additional internship hours, or a postdoctoral supervised practice. Whichever option the candidate chooses, he or she must make sure to follow the strict guidelines outlined in A.R.S. 32-2071.

  • Candidates may apply to receive authorization to take the EPPP after completion of 1,500 hours of the internship. If authorized at that time, candidates must finish the remaining 1,500 hours within 36 months.

  • The application to receive authorization to sit for the EPPP must be notarized and submitted with a 1.5×2 inch photograph of the candidate, $350, and proof of evidence of U.S. citizenship or other legal status.

  • The application must be received by the Board at least 14 days before a scheduled Board meeting to be considered at that meeting.

Arizona Psychology Licensing Exams

Candidates must sit for and pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) within three attempts. The exam is fully computerized and given at a variety of locations around the state.

Recognized Psychology Specializations in Arizona

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Counseling Psychology
  • School Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements
  • Candidate must have met internship criteria in their area of specialty

License Renewal

  • Licensees must complete 60 hours of continuation every two years. At least 40 of those hours must be completed through post-doctoral study at a regionally accredited institution or a continuing education program, attendance at a Board meeting, or time served as a complaint consultant. The remaining 20 hours can be completed in self or group study, preparation for publication of a psychological work, presentation at a meeting or conference, attendance at a case conference, or attendance at a course or workshop for professional growth and development as a psychologist.
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Psychologist Salary and Employment Trends in Arizona

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Arizona vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Arizona 15.3%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Arizona 23.2%

Number Clinical, Counseling, & School Psychologists and Psychologists, Other employed 2014

Nationwide 115,810

Arizona 2,120

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