Medical Psychologists May Prescribe Medication
Under the provisions of a 2004 Louisiana law, medical psychologists are permitted to prescribe medications for mental and emotional disorders. Louisiana is the second state (after New Mexico) to authorize specially trained psychologists to add medication to their treatment options.
All licensed psychologists have doctoral degrees. Medical psychologists are clinical psychologists who have earned an additional master’s degree in clinical psychopharmacology. They also must meet other requirements to be certified to prescribe.
Only medications for the treatment of mental and emotional disorders may be prescribed by medical psychologists. Psychologist-physician collaboration is designed to improve quality of care and insure that all of a patient’s health care needs are properly addressed.
Although medication plays an important role in the treatment of emotional and behavioral disorders, experts recognize that the best approach for many disorders combines counseling or psychotherapy with medication management. Medical psychologists are well suited to develop the best treatment plan for an individual patient.
Medical Psychologists are regulated by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. More information can be found on their website.
The number of medical psychologists in Louisiana is growing. To locate one in your area, click on Find a Psychologist. Under Areas of Practice, select Medication Prescribing and your region of the state.