Become a Psychologist in Rhode Island - RI

Individuals who wish to learn how to become a psychologist in Rhode Island should first know that you must be of “good moral character,” and have completed your doctoral work in psychology. Students need to have spent two years doing supervised psychology work and must have passed the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), sponsored by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

To practice in Rhode Island, you must complete an application and have it notarized, include a $250 check, a recent photograph, transcripts from your advanced degree psychology program, your EPPP results and your pre-doctoral and post-doctoral supervised practice forms.

If you are already licensed in another state, you must complete an Interstate Verification Form so Rhode Island can obtain your license from the state. The other state will also provide your EPPP test scores to Rhode Island’s Department of Health.

Professional Organizations for Psychologists in Rhode Island

Rhode Island Psychological Association (RIPA)

Through its affiliation with the Coalition of Mental Health Professionals of Rhode Island, (COMHPRI), RIPA has been able to leverage its relatively small membership into a larger force to exert more influence in legislative matters. RIPA promotes psychological research, advocates for psychologists in the state and offers information to the public and to psychologists.

Rhode Island Psychological Association
1643 Warwick Ave. PMB 103
Warwick, RI 02889

Coalition of Mental Health Professionals of Rhode Island (COMHPRI)

This conglomerate of seven subgroups banded together in 1994. The group includes the Psychiatric Society and RIPA (above), the Nurses Association, the Association of Social Workers Rhode Island chapter, the state’s Mental Health Counselors Association, and the Associations for Marriage and Family Therapists and for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors.

Coalition of Mental Health Professionals of Rhode Island
P.O. Box 603001
Providence, RI 02906

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