Dr. Virginia Lavin-Moss


What is a Psychologist?

Psychologists are extensively trained in assessment and treatment. They use their specialized knowledge of human behaviour, emotion, personality, and mental processes to make diagnoses. They use their therapeutic skills to help people make healthy changes in their coping styles and emotional and behavioural patterns.  

Psychologists are health professionals, regulated by provincial statute, and governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. About nine years of university study are needed to become a psychologist. This is followed by at least one year of supervised practice before taking further oral and written exams to become registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  Completion of the doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) in psychology is required for registration with the College, which then permits one to use the title Psychologist and practice independently.  Psychological practitioners with a Master's level university education, and appropriate training and experience, may also be registered by the College of Psychologists and practice independently as Psychological Associates. 

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