It is the second study on this topic in Puerto Rico, and the first study the PRCHE has sponsored. Their collective contribution make the results of this study useful for defining contemporary practice of psychology in Puerto Rico, the education and training of future psychologists, for guiding credentialing initiatives, and for conveying to others outside the profession the scope of services provided by psychologists. Maldonado Feliciano, Ph D Gabriel Cirino Gerena, Ph D Practice Analysis of Psychologists in Puerto Rico ix ABOUT THE AUTHORS Leslie E.It represents the culmination of two years of planning, execution, data analyses, and writing. Maldonado Feliciano received his Ph D in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park.

The process-based approach comprises the delineation of roles and associated responsibilities performed by psychologists providing a structure for describing contemporary practice regardless of the major area of practice and employment settings.

The content-based approach comprises the delineation of content areas and associated knowledge statements providing a structure for identifying a comprehensive listing of the critical knowledge that psychologists need to know in order to perform the responsibilities identified as part of professional practice regardless of the major area of practice and employment settings.

Gabriel Cirino Gerena received his Ph D in Industrial Psychology and Psychological Measurement from Purdue University, Indiana.

He is President of Test Innovations Inc., a company dedicated to the development of educational, psychological, and personnel selection instruments.

Citation of the source is required and appreciated. 89 Practice Analysis of Psychologists in Puerto Rico vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS We are pleased to have conducted this very important study for the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education (PRCHE). We acknowledge the special help provided by anonymous contributors for their assistance in various parts of this study and in the preparation and revision of this report.

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Rating scales addressed the following specific performance parameters, time spent on a task, frequency of task performance, level of knowledge usage, and the importance of promoting the client/public wellbeing.

Respondents were asked to make ratings about their own practice of psychology and the profession in general, as well as comments about professional development, legal regulation of the psychology profession in Puerto Rico, future developments, and professional training.

However, the use of the Practice of Psychology Questionnaire requires written authorization of the authors. Table 47 Respondent s Answers to the Question: What problems does Puerto Rico face in the legal regulation of psychology? 84 vi Practice Analysis of Psychologists in Puerto Rico Table 48 Table 49 Respondent s Answers to the Question: What aspects of graduate psychology programs do you believe should be modified to address the needs of the profession and the country? We are pleased to acknowledge and endorse PRCHE s efforts in supporting research and professional training endeavors to further the development of psychology in Puerto Rico. Jaime Calderón Soto, Coordinator of the Center for Research and Documentation on Puerto Rican Higher Education (CRDPRHE) for their thoughtful administrative advice and support. We specially recognize the Proposal Evaluation Committee (anonymous members) and to Dr. Zambrana Ortiz, Ph D, provided us with their views from respective areas of practice, thoughtful comments, and suggestions on how to improve the survey used in this study.

This publication may not be reproduced or distributed for a fee. Summary of Knowledge Importance Means by Pass, Borderline, and Fail Categories... We are grateful for all the ideas, comments, suggestions, information, and encouragement provided by fellow psychologists throughout the conduct of the study. Patricia Cardenales, Administrative Assistant, for her efficient processing of administrative, logistical, and technical issues at CRDPRHE.

The information included in this report was obtained from the following sources: job descriptions, a group of subject-matter experts, a survey of 2,469 licensed psychologists in Puerto Rico, and a review of relevant literature including the Puerto Rico psychology practice act. He is staff psychologist at the San Juan Veterans Administration Caribbean Healthcare System and faculty member of its American Psychological Association accredited internship program.