Occ. Code 6160300




New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Standard


Licensed Psychologists, under general direction of a higher level clinician or administrator, supervise and/or provide psychological services in various settings. In addition to assessment and treatment, they provide clinical leadership; program management; forensic or court-ordered assessments, treatment and expert testimony; disability, neuropsychological or education evaluation and interpretations; specialized assessment (functional, personality, risk, competency, vocational, educational); design and application of behavioral technology and other appropriate specialized psychological interventions; consultation to other agencies; peer review and other psychological services.

Incumbents may provide services requiring expertise in behavioral technology, neuropsychology, child and adolescent psychology, geropsychology, sexual offense treatment, cognitive rehabilitation, trauma, or substance and/or chemical abuse programs.

Licensed Psychologists are primarily found in the Offices of Mental Health, and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.


LICENSED PSYCHOLOGIST: licensed, and currently registered to practice psychology in NYS; and performs those duties associated with licensure.


Associate Psychologists and Psychologists 2, Grade 23, provide psychological services to a variety of people receiving services in State-operated, certified, or licensed programs and facilities under the general supervision of a licensed clinician. Independence, types and levels of services provided are determined by the education credentials and experience a Psychologist has attained.

Associate Psychologists are required to have a Doctorate in psychology and either a one year, full-time clinical internship or traineeship or one year of psychology experience in a clinical setting under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

Psychologists 2 are required to have a Master’s Degree in psychology and three years of post-Master's Degree experience in a clinical, correctional or school setting.


Duties vary based on the agency in which the Licensed Psychologist is employed.

When employed by the Office of Mental Health, incumbents perform duties in any of these four basic areas generally as a part of the treatment team to ensure an integrated multi-disciplinary approach to psychiatric care, including treatment planning and implementation:

Clinical Leadership/Program Management

Forensic or Other Court-Ordered Assessment, Treatment or Testimony

Specialized Psychological Evaluations

Provision of Specialized Psychological Services

When employed by the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, incumbents perform duties in the following areas:


Independently selects, administers, scores and interprets psychological evaluation instruments in order to provide a comprehensive assessment of persons in the following areas:


Clinical Leadership/Program Management



Open Competitive: Current license to practice psychology issued by the New York State Department of Education.

Promotion: Current license to practice psychology issued by the New York State Department of Education


one year of permanent competitive or 55(b)(c) service as an Associate Psychologist or Psychologist 2.


NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.


Revised: 01/02