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What is a psyd compared with a phd psychologist?
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Clinical focus
Although both psyd and phd psychologists are trained in the care of those with mental disorders, psyd programs focus primarily of preparing the person to be a therapist and tester, whereas phd programs also teach research techniques and require a formal, completed research project for completion of training.

In brief: Clinical focus
Although both psyd and phd psychologists are trained in the care of those with mental disorders, psyd programs focus primarily of preparing the person to be a therapist and tester, whereas phd programs also teach research techniques and require a formal, completed research project for completion of training.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Marc Zimmermann
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Doctorates
Both are doctoral degrees. There is often no difference in training.

In brief: Doctorates
Both are doctoral degrees. There is often no difference in training.
Dr. Marc Zimmermann
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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Traditionally
Psychologists were given PhDs or Doctorates in Philosophy.
More recently PsyD programs have developed training programs in applied Psychology, PsyDs. The training is all focused on applied psychology as a professional Doctoral Degree. There are only a few PsyD programs and most psychologists still have PhDs.

In brief: Traditionally
Psychologists were given PhDs or Doctorates in Philosophy.
More recently PsyD programs have developed training programs in applied Psychology, PsyDs. The training is all focused on applied psychology as a professional Doctoral Degree. There are only a few PsyD programs and most psychologists still have PhDs.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Dr. Nicole Machinski
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Slight difference
Both have earned doctoral degrees focused on psychology.
People who have Psy.Ds are doctors of psychology. Whereas, individuals with Ph.D.s in psychology technically have doctor of philosophy degree. In practical terms, people with either a Psy.D. or a Ph.D. can become licensed psychologists and they often do the same kind of work.

In brief: Slight difference
Both have earned doctoral degrees focused on psychology.
People who have Psy.Ds are doctors of psychology. Whereas, individuals with Ph.D.s in psychology technically have doctor of philosophy degree. In practical terms, people with either a Psy.D. or a Ph.D. can become licensed psychologists and they often do the same kind of work.
Dr. Nicole Machinski
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Research vs Clinical
A PhD is typically a research degree that emphasizes experimentation, time in the library, and publications with lesser of an emphasis on clinical work.
A PsyD on the other hand, is a clinical degree that emphasizes work with patients instead of research quite so much.

In brief: Research vs Clinical
A PhD is typically a research degree that emphasizes experimentation, time in the library, and publications with lesser of an emphasis on clinical work.
A PsyD on the other hand, is a clinical degree that emphasizes work with patients instead of research quite so much.
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