Sunny Florida is home to a diverse and ever shifting population. A wide variety of psychologists call the state home and cater to the mental health needs of the state’s population. Students who wish to pursue their doctorate of psychology in Florida can choose from a plethora of degree granting institutions. Many the state’s educational institutions have been part of the Florida community for years, such as the University of Miami, which has been accredited by the APA for 40 years and awards 15-20 PhDs in psychology every year.

You can find out more about psychology schools and programs in Florida using the search tool below.

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The state of Florida mandates that psychology candidates meet strict licensing requirements. Individuals must earn a doctorate degree, complete supervised work experience, and pass both a national and a state test.

Licensing of Psychologist in Florida

Licensed psychologists in Florida are permitted to do the following:

  • Evaluate and interpret human behavior in order to prevent and alleviate undesired behaviors and to enhance interpersonal psychological health
  • Conduct testing, provide counseling, psychotherapy, behavioral analysis, and other consultations to diagnose and treat mental disorders or alleviate the psychological mal-effects of injury
  • Render services to individuals, couples, groups, families, and the public

Psychology Licensing Authority in Florida

The Florida Board of Psychologists licenses psychologist candidates in the state and protects the public by investigating all allegations of professional misconduct.

Psychologist licensure candidates in Florida must have completed the following steps:

Received a doctoral degree from an institution accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)

Completed 4,000 hours of supervised experience

Passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) and the State of Florida’s psychology laws and rules examination

Other Florida Licensing Criteria
  • The Board will review license applications of candidates holding a PsyD, a PhD, or an EdD in psychology.

  • Candidates must complete a two-hour course on the prevention of medical errors. The course may count towards the required continuing education hours.

  • Half of the 4,000 hours of supervised experience can be completed in a doctoral level psychology internship. The remaining 2,000 hours must be completed after the doctoral degree is awarded and under a provisional licensee. The post-doctoral hours must average between 20 and 40 hours a week. At least 900 hours must be spent in direct client contact. The experience must be supervised, and at least two hours per week must be in clinical supervision. Half of that time must be directly supervised.

Psychology Licensing Exams in Florida

Psychologist candidates in Florida must pass both the national Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) and the State of Florida’s psychology laws and rules examination to become licensed psychologists.

Recognized Psychology Specializations in Florida

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • School Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements

License Renewal

  • Licenses must be renewed biennially. License holders must complete 40 hours of continuing education every biennium. Two of those hours must relate to the prevention of medical errors and three must relate to ethics and Florida psychology law. A two-hour course on domestic violence must be taken every third biennium.
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Florida Psychologist Salary and Employment Trends

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Florida vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists

Nationwide 11%

Florida 20.7%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Florida 28.4%

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

Nationwide 115,810

Florida 4,750

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To learn more about psychology education programs, licensure, and economic data in Florida, please visit the following resources.

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