The state of Virginia has a reputation as one of the best educational regions in the entire country. Schools such as Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia both offer established psychology departments offering general psychology degrees along with graduate studies in areas such as clinical, cognitive, community, developmental and social psychology.

The search tool below is a handy way to locate psychology schools and graduate programs in the state of Virginia.

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To get started as a psychologist in Virginia, one needs to not only complete an education, but also meet the various other requirements related to licensure. Only when a license has been obtained can an individual being to practice legally in this state.

Virginia Psychologist Licensing

Once all of the licensing requirements have been met, an approved psychologist in Virginia will be able to offer a number of treatments and services to his or her patients. Some of the possible services include the following:

  • Work one-on-one with individuals battling issues related to anxiety, depression, and more
  • Provide group therapy sessions to help people with common problems make progress together
  • Design treatment programs for individuals who are battling an addiction to drugs or alcohol

Virginia Licensing of Psychologists

The Virginia Board of Psychology is responsible for licensing professionals in this field. This board has clearly established a list of requirements that must be met in order for any individual to begin practicing within the state.

Steps that must be taken in order to receive a license include the following:

Complete a doctoral level degree in psychology at an APA-accredited institution

Finish both an internship and residency with an approved organization

Pass the EPPP

Submit transcripts, fees, and other paperwork required with application

Exams for Psychologists in Virginia

Anyone hoping to become licensed in psychology within the state of Virginia will need to successfully pass the EPPP, or Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology. This exam is a national standard for state-level licensure.

Virginia Psychology Specializations

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

Specialization Requirements

  • Meet all existing requirements for holding a psychology license in Virginia, plus any additional requirements for area of specialization

License Renewal

  • Complete 14 hours of continued education during a license renewal cycle
Virginia Licensure Resources

Employment and Salary Trends for Virginia Psychology

Nationwide vs. Virginia – Growth and Employment Rate for Psychologists

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Virginia 16.7%

Psychologists, Other Growth 2012-2022

Nationwide 11%

Virginia 16.3%

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

Nationwide 115,810

Virginia 2,810

Virginia Psychologists Earnings Compared to Nationwide Averages

Clinical, Counseling & School Psychologists   Psychologist , Other

Nationwide

Median Wage Annually

$68,900

 

$92,110

Virginia

Median Wage Annually

$67,380

 

$98,320

Virginia

Median Wage Hourly

$32.40

 

$47.27

Virginia

Lowest 10% yearly wage

$40,770

 

$63,780

Virginia

Highest 10% yearly wage

$107,600

 

$157,090

To learn more about the field of psychology in Virginia, please take a moment to visit some of the informative links listed below.

Virginia Psychology Resources