By the Division of Professional Licensure

1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, Massachusetts 02118-6100

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Erin M. LeBel, MS, LICSW, Executive Director
Karen Schwartz, PhD, Program Coordinator
Thomas Burke, PhD, Board Administrator

The Board of Registration of Psychologists licenses qualified individuals to practice psychology and regulates that practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as defined by the statutes and described in the regulations. The Board protects the public health and welfare through regulation of the practice of psychology. It receives, investigates, and adjudicates complaints against licensed practitioners. The Board also investigates and takes disciplinary action against the unlicensed practice of psychology, which is prohibited by law.

Psychologists observe, describe, evaluate, interpret, and modify human behavior by the application of psychological principles, methods and procedures, in order to assess or change symptomatic, maladaptive or undesired behavior. Psychologists’ work may focus on issues such as interpersonal relationships, work and life adjustment, personal effectiveness, and mental health. The practice of psychology includes, but is not limited to, psychological testing, assessment and evaluation of intelligence, personality, abilities, attitudes, motivation, interests and aptitudes; counseling, psychotherapy, hypnosis, biofeedback training and behavior therapy; diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorder or disability, alcoholism and substance abuse, and the psychological aspects of physical illness or disability; psychoeducational evaluation, therapy, remediation, consultation, and supervision. Psychological services may be rendered to individuals, families, groups, and the public. Certification as Health Service Provider (HSP) is required in order to independently offer health services to the public or to supervise such services. Psychologists may also teach and do research (license not required), and consult to organizations. The title "psychologist" is protected by law and cannot be used unless the individual is licensed by the Board.