Who gets certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology and why: A diversity survey

Joel C. Frost, Victor Molinari, Debra Dobbs, Veronica B. Edgar, Katherine S. Jones, Christina Pietz, Adrian N.S. Badana

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Objective: To measure the profile of diversity among specialists certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Method: A survey of ABPP specialists consisting of 18 demographic questions, and two questions regarding board certification and experience with diversity. Results: Although ABPP specialists appear to be more diverse in certain aspects, especially regarding sex/gender (female, 43% vs 34% in prior survey), the majority remain non-Hispanic, White in race/ethnicity (87%), followed by only 3% Black, and 3% Hispanic/Latinx representation. Recognition as a specialist, job requirement, and professional expectations were the top three reasons for board certification. The top three themes regarding specialists’ experiences with diversity were (a) Need for active outreach and mentoring, (b) ABPP does a good job regarding diversity, and (c) Make it more affordable. Conclusion: With the need for a competent and diverse workforce, ABPP will continue to conduct this survey to determine the progress that has been made in increasing the diversity of certified specialists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1820-1837
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of clinical psychology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019


  • bisexual and transsexual issues
  • board certification
  • cultural competence
  • diversity
  • education and training
  • gay
  • gender
  • lesbian

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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