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This project is for the "everyday" Psychologist or Psychiatrists. There is a project for the famous ones -->HERE

A psychologist is a person who studies normal and abnormal mental states, perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and social processes and behavior by experimenting with, and observing, interpreting, and recording how individuals relate to one another and to their environments. Psychologists usually acquire a four-year university degree, often with post-graduate work required. Unlike psychiatrists, psychologists usually cannot prescribe medication. Psychologists can work with a range of institutions and people, such as schools, prisons, in a private clinic, in a workplace, or with a sports team.

Specializations

  • Specific disorders (e.g. trauma, addiction, eating and sleep disorders, sexual dysfunction, depression, anxiety, or phobias)
  • Neuropsychological disorders
  • Child and adolescent psychology
  • Family and relationship counseling
  • Health psychology
  • Medical Psychology
  • Sport psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Industrial and organizational psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Clinical psychologists receive training in a number of psychological therapies, including behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, existential, psychodynamic, and systemic approaches, as well as in-depth training in psychological testing, and to some extent, neuropsychological testing.[21]

Services

Clinical psychologists can offer a range of professional services, including:

  • Psychological treatment (therapy)
  • Administering and interpreting psychological assessment and testing
  • Conducting psychological research
  • Teaching
  • Developing prevention programs
  • Consulting
  • Program administration
  • Expert testimony

In practice, clinical psychologists might work with individuals, couples, families, or groups in a variety of settings, including private practices, hospitals, mental health organizations, schools, businesses, and non-profit agencies.

Most clinical who engage in research and teaching do so within a college or university setting. Clinical psychologists may also choose to specialize in a particular field.

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A psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in psychiatry, the branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental disorders. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and evaluate patients to determine whether their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental ailments or strictly mental issues. Sometimes a psychiatrist works within a multi-disciplinary team, which may comprise clinical psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, and nursing staff. Psychiatrists have broad training in a bio-psycho-social approach to assessment and management of mental illness.

As part of the clinical assessment process, psychiatrists may employ a mental status examination; a physical examination; brain imaging such as a computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or positron emission tomography (PET) scan; and blood testing. Psychiatrists use pharmacologic, psychotherapeutic, and/or interventional approaches to treat mental disorders.

Subspecialties

The field of psychiatry has many subspecialties that require additional (fellowship) training which are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and require Maintenance of Certification Program (MOC) to continue. These include the following:[1]

  • Clinical neurophysiology
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Addiction psychiatry
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Palliative care
  • Pain management
  • Consultation-liaison psychiatry
  • Sleep medicine
  • Brain injury medicine

Further, other specialties that exist include:

  • Cross-cultural psychiatry
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • Learning disability
  • Neurodevelopmental disorder
  • Cognition diseases as in various forms of dementia
  • Biological psychiatry
  • Community psychiatry
  • Global mental health
  • Military psychiatry
  • Social psychiatry
  • Sports psychiatry