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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

It is primarily a distinction in education, training, and practice emphases.  Psychiatrists complete at least a four-year general medical degree and a four-year psychiatry residency.  Psychiatrists are licensed clinicians who prescribe psychotropic medications and some may offer therapy services.  Psychiatrists ordinarily do not perform psychological testing. Psychologists complete a comprehensive doctoral program in psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) followed by at least one-year of supervised practice prior to licensure. Some may hold specialized doctoral degrees (e.g., clinical, counseling, etc.).  Psychologists are licensed clinicians specifically trained in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests as well as psychotherapy.  Although psychologists do not prescribe medication, many Clinical Psychologists (like Dr. Reardon) have training and experience in psychopharmacology and the effects of various medications.

What is Forensic Psychology?

Forensic Psychology is recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) as a specialized area of practice.  In essence, it is the application of the theory, knowledge, and science of psychology to address matters of law relevant to judicial, legislative, administrative, and/or educational systems. There are specialized guidelines for ethical forensic psychological practice because it differs in several important ways from more traditional psychological practice. 

What does it mean to be "Board-Certified" in Forensic Psychology?

A certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) attests to the psychologist's competence to provide high quality services within a specialized area of practice, like forensic psychology.  A psychologist seeking board certification in forensic psychology must have requisite training and experience, pass a comprehensive written examination, submit work samples in two distinct areas of practice, and pass a three-hour oral examination by three certified specialists. To learn more about board certification, click HERE.  

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