Louisiana, famous of course for its Cajun food and jazz, is also a welcoming state for students and practitioners of psychology. More than 500 licensed psychologists currently call the state home, and more are joining the ranks every year after graduating from one of the state’s four APA-accredited doctoral psychology programs

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Psychology candidates in Louisiana must hold a doctoral degree, complete a supervised work experience, and pass the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) to be awarded a license. There are additional requirements for candidates practicing in certain specialized areas.

Louisiana’s Psychologist Licensing

Licensed psychologists in Louisiana are permitted to do the following:

  • Observe, evaluate, and modify human behavior through the application of psychological principles and methods
  • Test and evaluate personal characteristics and diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders and substance abuse
  • Render services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions, and the public

Psychology Licensing Authority in Louisiana

The Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists issues licenses and regulates psychologists in the state in order to protect the public against the improper application of psychology.

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

Graduated with a doctoral degree in psychology

Practiced at least two years under the supervision of a licensed psychologist

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

Other Louisiana Licensing Criteria
  • The doctoral program must be at least three years long and be approved by the APA or the Board. At least three semester hours must be taken in: scientific and professional ethics and standards, research design and methodology, and statistics and methodology. Students must demonstrate competence (usually met by taking three or more semester hour graduate courses) in: biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, and individual difference.

  • At least 2,000 hours of the 4,000-hour supervised practice must be post-doctoral. At least one hour per week must be supervised.

Louisiana’s Psychology Licensing Exams

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

Louisiana’s Recognized Psychology Specializations

  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • School Psychology

Specialization Requirements

  • Candidate must meet all other licensure requirements
  • If specialization is in an applied healthcare area, such as clinical, clinical neuropsychology, counseling, and school psychology, candidates must complete 300 hours of practicum experience and 1,500 hours of an internship. The practicum must include 100 hours of direct client contact and 50 hours of direct individual supervision. At least 25% of the internship must be in direct client contact and at least two hours per week must be completed under direct, face-to-face supervision. The internship must be completed post-practicum and within 24 months.
  • Clinical neuropsychology candidates must, in addition to completing the basic core psychology curriculum, complete a clinical core that includes psychopathology, individual difference, professional ethics, and practicum experiences in psychotherapeutic intervention techniques. They must also complete a specialty internship in clinical neuropsychology as well as a 2,000-hour formal post-doctoral supervised fellowship.

License Renewal

  • Licenses must be renewed biennially. Licensed psychologists must complete 40 hours of continuing education every two years.
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Louisiana Salary and Employment Trends for Psychologists

Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists in Louisiana vs Nationwide

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Louisiana 8.1%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Louisiana 13.7%

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

Nationwide 115,810

Louisiana 550

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

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