Workforce shortage escalates to crisis point

By New England Psychologist Staff
October 2nd, 2021
Karen Stamm, Ph.D., director of APA's Center for Workforce Studies.
Karen Stamm, Ph.D., director of APA’s Center for Workforce Studies.

The workforce shortage in mental health, already a concern before 2020, has gotten worse during the pandemic and, in many areas of the country, is at a crisis point right now.

A study done by the APA in November of last year found that nearly a third of psychologists were seeing more patients and 30 percent said that they were not able to meet the demand for treatment from patients.

In 2015, an APA-commissioned study reported that workforce projections show that there is an insufficient supply of psychologists for certain groups and that even with a proposed increase in new graduates or encouraging later retirement, the gap may narrow but would not be eliminated.

Although the 2015 study was expected to reliably predict the trajecto...

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