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date: 30 September 2020

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This chapter highlights issues that can impact the success of Early Career Psychologists (ECP) by focusing on the academic and clinical preparation of professional psychologists throughout the education and training sequence. The evolving healthcare system is reviewed including psychologists’ preparation for interprofessional, team-based practice, economic and reimbursement changes, team science, and how various training models in professional psychology can impact success. Licensure rates, job prospects, salaries, and student debt are discussed as measurable outcomes of education. Questions about professional psychology’s doctoral education, internship training, postdoctoral experiences, and lifelong learning are offered in service of seeking answers that will help maximize the professional success of ECPs as well as ensuring a robust future for the field of professional psychology.

Keywords: early career psychologist, professional psychology, education and training, healthcare reform

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