With the graduate faculty at the University of Kentucky ranked as the most productive in the country, Kentucky is a thriving home for psychology and psychology research. UK additionally fosters over 80 graduate students who can choose to study in a variety of specializations. Aspiring psychologists can alternatively complete their doctorates at the University of Louisville and Spalding University, both of which boast APA-accredited graduate programs.

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There are three levels of psychology licensure in Kentucky: a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA), a Licensed Psychological Practitioner (LPP) and a Licensed Psychologist (LP).

Kentucky Psychologist Licensing

Licensed psychologists in Kentucky are permitted to do the following:

  • Provide diagnosis and amelioration of mental health conditions
  • Test, evaluate, and treat various conditions and disorders
  • Render services to individuals, groups, organizations, and the public

Licensing Authority in Kentucky

The Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology administers and enforces statutory authority relating to psychology and monitors the psychology-related needs of the public.

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

Graduated with a doctoral degree in psychology

Completed a health services internship

Completed a post-doctoral supervised professional experience

Passed the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) and an oral exam

Other Kentucky Licensing Criteria
  • At least one of the three full-time graduate years required must be spent in residence at the degree-inferring institution. At least three graduate semester hours must be taken in: biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, and individual differences. Kentucky requires candidates to cover certain additional educational content areas based on the candidate’s specialty.

  • The health services internship must be comprised of 1,800 hours of professional experience, 100 of which must be supervised and all of which must be completed in 24 months. At least 25% of the experience must be spent in direct client contact.

  • At least one hour per week of the 1,800-hour post-doctoral work experience must be completed under direct face-to-face supervision. At least half of the hours must be completed in service-related activities and at least 100 hours must be directly supervised. A second year of post-doctoral work experience is required to obtain the title of “health service provider.”

Kentucky Psychology Licensing Exams

Psychologist candidates in Kentucky must pass the national Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), a state jurisprudence exam, and an oral exam.

Recognized Psychology Specializations in Kentucky

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

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements
  • Kentucky requires specific educational courses be taken depending on the candidate’s specialization
  • The oral exam covers content specific to the candidate’s specialty area

License Renewal

  • Licenses must be renewed every three years. At least 39 hours of continuing education is required for each renewal period. Three hours of education in ethical practice or risk management are required.
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Kentucky Psychologist Salary and Employment Trends

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Kentucky vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Kentucky 17.3%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Kentucky 6.7%

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

Nationwide 115,810

Kentucky 1,160

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