Academic psychologist

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An academic psychologist is a qualified psychologist who endorses the view that psychology is a scholarly and scientific enterprise, not an informal and intuitive practice. To qualify as an academic psychologist, a person should minimally possess, or be in the process of acquiring, a "doctoral degree in psychology from an organized, sequential program in a regionally accredited university or professional school"—these being the guidelines set by the American Psychological Association for occupationally defining someone as a "psychologist". Many counselors and psychotherapists, lacking the requisite qualifications and outlook, would not qualify as academic psychologists.[1] Academic psychologists typically engage in empirical research,[2] and publish in an array of journals, such as Psychological Science.


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