Some lucky folks are able to earn a doctoral degree in psychology while living and studying in Hawaii. They can even choose between two American Psychological Association accredited institutions. The University of Hawaii at Manoa offers seven areas of specialties and a mentor model, in which students work closely with faculty to develop research skills.

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The state of Hawaii requires psychology license candidates to graduate from a doctoral program, complete a post-doctorate supervised experience, and pass a national exam.

Hawaii’s Psychologist Licensing

Licensed psychologists in Hawaii are permitted to do the following:

  • Test and asses personal characteristics and neuropsychological functioning
  • Provide counseling, and therapy to individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and the public
  • Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders and disabilities, as well as alcoholism and substance abuse

Hawaii’s Psychology Licensing Authority

The Hawaii Board of Psychology licenses and monitors psychologists in the state.

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

Received a doctoral degree from an American Psychological Association (APA) approved program or from a professional psychology training program at a regionally accredited institution

Completed 1,900 hours of post-doctoral supervised experience in health service in psychology

Passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP)

Other Psych Licensing Criteria
  • During the doctoral study, at least three semester hours must be taken in the following area: research methodology and design, scientific and professional standards, history and systems of psychology, and scientific and professional standards. Additionally, six semester hours must be taken in the biological basis of behavior, the cognitive-affective basis of behavior, the social basis of behavior, individual differences, individual assessment and psychodiagnosis, and intervention and treatment.

  • The post-doctoral supervised experience must be completed in an internship approved by the APA or in an internship or residency program in an organized health service training program.

Hawaii’s Psychology Licensing Exams

Psychologist candidates in Hawaii must pass the national Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP).

Recognized Psychology Specializations in Hawaii

  • Counseling 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 18 hours of continuing education per biennium. Courses approved by the APA, the Hawaii Psychological Association, or other state or provincial psychological associations are permitted.
Hawaii Licensure Resources

Salary and Employment Trends for Psychologists Practicing in Hawaii

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Hawaii vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists

Nationwide 11%

Hawaii 8.5%

Psychologists, Other

Nationwide 11%

Hawaii 5.4%

Number clinical, counseling and school psychologist and psychologists, other, employed 2014

Nationwide 115,810

Hawaii 770

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

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