In 1997, the Maryland State Board of Examiners of Psychologists asked the National Register of Health Service Psychologists ("National Register") to evaluate doctoral programs of individuals trained in countries outside the United States and Canada and from other non-designated programs to determine the eligibility of applicants for admittance to the state licensing exam.This action was taken in order to open the application process to graduates of doctoral programs previously not eligible for licensure in Maryland.
States Licensing Boards that currently list the National Register as an Approved Resource and/or have utilized the services of the National Register for Evaluating Doctoral Degrees:
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Previously, the State of Maryland required individuals applying for the licensing exam to be graduates of doctoral programs that had been evaluated by a committee comprised of representatives from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards ("ASPPB") and the National Register. Although the Designation Project was initiated by the National Register in 1980, since 1987, the ASPPB and the National Register have jointly evaluated doctoral programs in psychology and listed those that meet established Guidelines for Defining a Doctoral Degree in Psychology now online.
"The Pennsylvania Board requires degree holders from a foreign college or university to have an evaluation completed by the National Register (see §41.31(b)(2) of the Board's regulations). A copy of the regulations is available on the Board's website at www.dos.state.pa.us/psych by clicking on "Rules and Regulations."
- Chris Stuckey, Pennsylvania Licensing Board Administrator
If you are applying for a license to practice psychology in the state of Maryland or Pennsylvania and completed a doctoral program in psychology that was obtained outside of the US and Canada, contact email@example.com for application materials ($500 application fee -- non-refundable).
If you are applying for a license to practice psychology in the state of Maryland and completed a U.S. or Canadian doctoral program in psychology that is not eligible for evaluation by the ASPPB/National Register Designation Committee (see paragraph 3, above), contact firstname.lastname@example.org for application materials ($350 application fee -- non-refundable).
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If you have any questions or comments regarding review of international and other psychology degrees by the National Register for licensing boards, contact email@example.com.