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The enhanced examination for professional practice in psychology: A viable approach?

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Callahan, JL; Bell, DJ; Davila, J; Johnson, SL; Strauman, TJ; Yee, CM
Published in: The American psychologist
January 2020

Health disciplines have increasingly required competency-based evaluations as a licensure prerequisite. In keeping with this trend, the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) has begun to develop a second part to the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). The resulting 2-part examination is collectively referred to as the Enhanced EPPP. Part 1 of the Enhanced EPPP, which consists of the current exam, is designed to be an assessment of knowledge. Part 2 of the Enhanced EPPP is newly developed and intended to address the need for a competency-based evaluation. To date, ASPPB has addressed some standard facets of validity for the EPPP Part 2, but not others. In addition, the EPPP Part 2 has yet to be subjected to a broader validation process, in which the suitability of the test for its intended purpose is evaluated. Implementation of the EPPP Part 2 before validation could have negative consequences for those seeking to enter the profession and for the general public (e.g., potential restriction of diversity in the psychology workforce). For jurisdictions implementing the EPPP Part 2, failure to gather and report the evidence required for use of a test in a forensic context may also open the door for legal challenges. We end with suggestions for feasible research that could significantly enhance the validation process for the EPPP Part 2 and offer jurisdictions concrete suggestions of features to look for in determining whether and when to implement the Enhanced EPPP. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).

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The American psychologist

DOI

EISSN

1935-990X

ISSN

0003-066X

Publication Date

January 2020

Volume

75

Issue

1

Start / End Page

52 / 65

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Professional Practice
  • Humans
  • Educational Measurement
  • 52 Psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology
 

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Callahan, J. L., Bell, D. J., Davila, J., Johnson, S. L., Strauman, T. J., & Yee, C. M. (2020). The enhanced examination for professional practice in psychology: A viable approach? The American Psychologist, 75(1), 52–65. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000586
Callahan, Jennifer L., Debora J. Bell, Joanne Davila, Sheri L. Johnson, Timothy J. Strauman, and Cindy M. Yee. “The enhanced examination for professional practice in psychology: A viable approach?The American Psychologist 75, no. 1 (January 2020): 52–65. https://doi.org/10.1037/amp0000586.
Callahan JL, Bell DJ, Davila J, Johnson SL, Strauman TJ, Yee CM. The enhanced examination for professional practice in psychology: A viable approach? The American psychologist. 2020 Jan;75(1):52–65.
Callahan, Jennifer L., et al. “The enhanced examination for professional practice in psychology: A viable approach?The American Psychologist, vol. 75, no. 1, Jan. 2020, pp. 52–65. Epmc, doi:10.1037/amp0000586.
Callahan JL, Bell DJ, Davila J, Johnson SL, Strauman TJ, Yee CM. The enhanced examination for professional practice in psychology: A viable approach? The American psychologist. 2020 Jan;75(1):52–65.

Published In

The American psychologist

DOI

EISSN

1935-990X

ISSN

0003-066X

Publication Date

January 2020

Volume

75

Issue

1

Start / End Page

52 / 65

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Professional Practice
  • Humans
  • Educational Measurement
  • 52 Psychology
  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology