Child psychology emerges as top concentration

By Catherine Robertson Souter
March 29th, 2022
Stacey Lambert, Psy.D, (left), vice president for academic affairs and chair of the clinical psychology department at William James College is shown with Jason Osher, Ph.D, whose titles include director of the neuropsychology concentration and the Office of Educational Development and Innovation.

Forensic and neuropsychology are other popular choices

Even before the pandemic, there were reports of a shortage of mental health professionals across the country. The shortages hit hardest in rural and low-income areas and for minorities, children, adolescents, and seniors.

The pandemic has only exacerbated that need. Therapists have reported turning away new clients amid an increased demand from those they already see. At one point, some professionals were considering splitting sessions in order to see more clients in a day.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, psychologist positions are expected to continue to grow by eight percent from 2020 to 2030 with 13,400 openings projected each year on average. While this grow...

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