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General Readings on Prescribing Authority

Tackett, R. (2012). Can Psychologists Prescribe Safely? American Society for the Advancement of Psychopharmacology, The Tablet (Vol. 13 (1). 11-13.American Psychological Association (2011).

Practice Guidelines Regarding Psychologists’ Involvement in Pharmacological Issues. American Psychologist, 66(9), 8355-849.

Portillo-Salido, E. (2012). Psychopharmacological Research by Psychology Departments. American Society for the Advancement of Psychopharmacology, The Tablet (Vol. 13 (1), 2-6.

McGrath, R.& Sammons, M. (2011). Prescribing and Primary Care Psychology: Complementary Paths for Professional Psychology. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42(3), 113-120.

Wiggins, J.(2011). Increasing Access to Mental Health Care, Improving Quality of Care, and Reducing Cost Through Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists, Website, American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy, Division 55, American Psychological Association.

Ax, R., Fagan, T., & Resnick, R. (2009). Predoctoral for Prescriptive Authority: The rationale and combined model. Psychological Services, 6, 85-95.

Sechrest, L. & Coan, J.A. (2002). Preparing psychologists to prescribe. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 58, 649-658.  Article underscores some foundational differences between medical professions and clinical psychology. Click here to download.

Preston, J. & Ebert, B. (1999). Psychologists’ role in the discussion of psychotropic medication with clients: Legal and ethical considerations. California Psychologist, 34-35. PDF file.

DeLeon, P.H. (1996). Prescription Privileges for Psychologists. American Psychologist, 51(3), 225-229.

Lorion, R.P. (1996). Applying Our Medicine to the Psychopharmacology Debate. American Psychologist, 51(3), 219-224.

Sammons, M.T., Sexton, J.L, & Meredith, J.M. (1996). Basic Science Training in Psychopharmacology. American Psychologist, 51(3), 230-234.

Fox, R. (1988). Prescription Privileges: Their Implications for the Practice of Psychology. Psychotherapy, 25, 501-507. 

Perspectives Supporting Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists

Wiggins, J.G. Increasing Access to Mental Health Care: Improving Quality of Care and Reducing Costs through Prescriptive Authority for Licensed Psychologists with Specialty Training. American Psychological Association, Division 55 News.

Klein, R.G. (1996). Comments on Expanding the Clinical Role of Psychologists. American Psychologist, 51(3), 216-218.

Pachman, J.S. (1996). The Dawn of a Revolution in Mental Health. American Psychologist, 51(3), 213-215.

DeLeon, P., Folen, R., Jennings, F., Willis, D., & Wright, R. (1991). The Case for Prescription Privileges: A Logical Evolution of Professional Practice. Journal of Clinical and Child Psychology, 20, 254-267. (ILL’d)

DeLeon, P., Fox, R., & Graham, S. (1991). Prescription Privileges: Psychology’s Next Frontier? American Psychologist, 46, 384-393.

Perspectives Against Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists

DeNelsky, G.Y. (1996). The Case Against Prescription Privileges for Psychologists. American Psychologist, 51(3), 207-212.

Robiner, W., Dearman, D. et al. (2003). Prescriptive Authority for Psychologists: Despite Deficits in Education and Knowledge. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 10(3), 211-221.

Hayes, S.C., & Heiby, E. (1996). Psychology’s Drug Problem: Do We Need a Fix or Should We Just Say No? American Psychologist, 51(3), 198-206.

Moyer, D.M. (1995). An Opposing View of Prescription Privileges for Psychologists. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 26(6), 586-590.

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