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Psychiatrists & Psychologists

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Psychiatrists are medical physicians that specialize in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of mental illnesses. They are uniquely qualified to assess both the physical and mental aspects of psychological disturbances. Their medical education assists them to make an accurate and complete diagnosis and recommend or provide treatment for their clients.

Of all mental health providers, only psychiatrists are fully licensed medical doctors that are able order or perform a full range of medical laboratory and psychological tests. Their clinical experience helps them understand the complex relationship between emotional and medical illness, evaluate data, make a diagnosis and develop a treatment strategy. Psychiatrists employ a wide range of treatments that may include various forms of psychotherapy, medication and hospitalization when necessary.

A psychologist is a professional that studies how we think, feel and behave from a scientific point of view and applies the knowledge to help people explain, understand and change their behaviours. Psychologists provide services in schools, private practices, health clinics, hospitals, businesses, social welfare agencies, jails, courts, rehabilitation centres and other settings. Services are provided in the private sector as well as by governments. Provincial and territorial governments are responsible for public psychological services and the regulation of the field.

Some psychologists work predominantly as faculty and researchers at universities and at governmental and non-governmental organizations while others work primarily as practitioners in hospitals, clinics, schools and private offices. Many psychologist are active in both research and practice settings.

There are a wide variety of topics upon which a psychologist may focus his research and practice, including: mental health problems, brain injury, cognitive functioning, behavioural and emotional functioning, addiction, court consultation, marital and family relationships and social and cultural behaviours and attitudes.

Related Sites

American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Psychological Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Foundation
Association for Psychological Science
British Psychological Society
Canadian Psychiatric Association
Canadian Psychological Association
International Association of Applied Psychology
National Association of School Psychologists
Society for Research in Child Development
Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology


1) Academic Psychiatry
2) Advances in Psychiatric Treatment
3) American Journal of Psychiatry
4) British Journal of Psychiatry
5) Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
6) Canadian Journal of School Psychology
7) Child and Adolescent Mental Health
8) Child Psychiatry and Human Development
9) Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
10) Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry Review
11) Child Psychiatry and Human Development
12) Current Psychiatry Reports
13) Developmental Psychology
14) Development and Psychopathology
15) Educational Psychology
16) Educational Psychology Review
17) Exceptional Children
18) Exceptionality
19) Infant and Child Development
20) International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
21) International Review of Education
22) International Review of Psychiatry
23) Intervention in School and Clinic
24) Issues in Clinical Child Psychology
25) Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
26) Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology
27) Journal of Child and Family Studies
28) Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
29) Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
30) Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
31) Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation
32) Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
33) Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
34) Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
35) Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry
36) Journal of Neuropsychiatry
37) Journal of Pediatric Psychology
38) Journal of Psychiatric Research
39) Journal of Psychiatry
40) Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
41) Journal of Psychopharmacology
42) Journal of Research in Childhood Education
43) Journal of Special Education
44) Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
45) Mental Health Aspects of Developmental Disabilities
46) Mental Retardation
47) Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
48) Psychiatric News
49) Psychiatry On-line
50) Psychological Medicine
51) School Psychology International
52) School Psychology Review
53) Support for Learning
54) Teaching Exceptional Children
55) Topics in Early Childhood Special Education


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