Psychology

Use and Supervision of a Testing Technician by a Licensed Psychologist

Education Law §7605 has been amended by adding a new paragraph (11), which allows testing technicians, who meet certain specified requirements, to administer and score standardized objective (non-projective) psychological or neuropsychological tests which have specific predetermined and manualized administrative procedures which entail observing and describing test behavior and test responses, and which do not require evaluation, interpretation or other judgments. Such testing technicians may provide services in those settings that may legally engage in the practice of psychology and they must be supervised by a licensed psychologist, who must attest to such supervision, as well as to the education and training of the testing technicians, as prescribed in statute. The supervising licensed psychologist must notify the patient or designated health care surrogate that he or she may utilize the services of a testing technician to administer certain exams, and must provide the patient or designated health care surrogate the opportunity to object to his or her plan to utilize a testing technician. The use of a testing technician by a licensed psychologist is also subject to the full disciplinary and regulatory authority of the Board of Regents and the Department pursuant to Title VIII of the Education Law.

All licensed psychologists who use a testing technician must complete the form entitled "Licensed Psychologist Attestation of Supervision of a Testing Technician" and submit it to the Department before providing the activities or services of the testing technician.

January 25, 2016

Alert - Pearson Data Breach.

The Department has been made aware that an unauthorized third party placed malware on Pearson's Credential Manager (PCM) System, the platform that supports registration for Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) candidates. Once Pearson learned about this issue, they quickly took the Credential Manager System offline. Because the investigation is in process, the system will need to remain down until further notice.

Please note that they believe the data fields that may have been compromised are limited to names, postal addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, user IDs, companies, and in some cases dates of birth. For EPPP candidates, social security numbers and credit card numbers are not collected in the PCM system.

A toll free number for exam candidates—(855) 270-9182 or 1-512-201-2203 for international users - has been established and is the best source for the most up to date information, and for assistance with any concerns or questions a candidate may have. ASPPB is unable to access any candidate information while the system is down. Therefore, we are unable to communicate with the candidates directly to advise of this situation.

For additional information see the Pearson web site at: home.pearsonvue.com/About-Pearson-VUE/Press-Room/2015/Public-Statement-Regarding-Pearson-Credential-Mana.aspx.

November 23, 2015

A psychologist is a health care professional who diagnoses and treats mental, nervous, emotional, and behavioral disorders and ailments. Psychologists' practices also include industrial/organizational psychology, research, and teaching.

In providing services to individuals, organizations, and the public, psychologists apply principles, methods or procedures of understanding, predicting or influencing behavior.
New York psychologists offer services in a variety of areas:

  • Evaluate, counsel and provide psychotherapy for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental, nervous, emotional, and behavioral disorders. They provide these services for individuals and groups.
  • Administer and interpret tests of mental abilities and aptitudes, interests, neuropsychological status, personality, emotions, and motivation.
  • Evaluate and develop habilitation plans and treat individuals for addictions, cognitive impairments, and neuropsychological disorders.
  • Provide educational and vocational planning.
  • Perform personnel selection, organizational management and evaluation, and advertising and market research.

Read more about this profession.

Last Updated: January 26, 2016