Methods of Assessing Scientific Competency in Health Service Psychology Master’s Programs

Yevgeny Botanov, Lee D. Cooper, Andrew Bertagnolli, Jason J. Washburn

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The growing need for health service psychology (HSP) practitioners in the United States is unlikely to be filled by doctoral providers given the time and cost necessary to train psychologists. The shortage may be better addressed by master’s-level providers. However, master’s-level training presents unique challenges compared to doctoral training such as shorter training periods and greater variability in training experiences. While doctoral training has been moving toward a competency-based training model, master’s-level training can also benefit from adopting competency-based assessments. Moreover, we put forward that scientific competence is imperative to ethical and effective master’s-level practice. To support the competency-based assessment movement in HSP master’s programs, we outline assessment methods for scientific competence that can be feasibly and practically adopted by diverse training programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-181
Number of pages9
JournalTraining and Education in Professional Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Psychology


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