Psychopharmacology Training for Practicing Psychologists

Dear Prospective Applicants:

Thank you for your interest in the NMSU Postdoctoral Prescribing Psychology Training Program offered at the College of Education through the Counseling & Educational Psychology Department.

We will be launching Iteration 9 of our program the weekend of 19-20 August 2017. Final approval for our new Masters of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) Program is pending and quickly approaching the last phase of the approval process by the NM Legislature.  In the unlikely event that the MSCP is not approved, graduates of Iteration 9 will be awarded the Interdisciplinary Masters of Arts (IMAS) that graduates of the NMSU Postdoctoral Prescribing Psychology Program have been awarded since 2009.

At this time, prospective applicants are asked to complete our pre-screening process  (see the link labeled pre-screening on this page) by completing the pre-screening questionnaire and submitting an updated resume/vita, unofficial copies of their transcripts from their graduate training, and a copy of their unrestricted license to practice psychology from any state.Once Pre-Screening Materials have been reviewed, qualified applicants will be provided with direction for making formal application to the NMSU Graduate School and registering for the fall semester courses.

Prospective applicants should feel free to contact our Training Directors with any questions they might have about the program or the pre-screening process.


Post-doctoral training for prescribing psychologists at NMSU was first offered in 2000 as a certificate program in cooperation between the NMSU College of Education and the Southwest Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (SIAP).  Beginning with Iteration 3, which was admitted in the fall of 2004, New Mexico State University’s Graduate School has offered an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts Degree in collaboration with the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology (CEP) and the Department of Special Education & Communication Disorders (SPED).  NMSU expects to offer the Masters of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) for all future iterations beginning fall 2017.

The curriculum for the psychopharmacology training for practicing psychologists program  is modeled upon the American Psychological Association recommended curriculum adopted in 1998 from the Blue Ribbon Task Force (comprised of national experts in psychopharmacology including physicians, psychiatrists, Department of Defense Demonstration Project prescribing psychologists, neuroscientists, pharmacists and nurses.)  In addition, the NMSU program adheres to all regulations set forth by the New Mexico Board of Psychologist Examiners and the New Mexico Board of Medical Examiners and is designed in congruence with New Mexico state law for prescribing psychologists.  The program is dynamic, changing with the field, and has been modified according to recommended revisions of the American Psychological Association in 2009.  We do not anticipate there will be any fundamental changes in the curriculum within the post-doctoral training for prescribing psychologists program when the degree is changed to the Masters of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology.


Click here for the Pre-Screening Materials Review Process



Patrick Quinn, Ph.D. Psychopharmacology Training Program Co-Director


Elaine Levine, Ph.D. Psychopharmacology Training Program Co-Director


Phone: 575-646-5739
Cell/Text: 575-323-0624