Psychopharmacology Training for Practicing Psychologists

Dear Prospective Prescribing Psychology Applicants:

Thank you for your interest in the NMSU Prescribing Psychology Training Program offered at the College of Education through the Counseling & Educational Psychology/Special Education Departments. Due to recent reorganization efforts for this program, the application process has been deferred for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please feel free to contact our Training Directors with any questions you might have. You may also send an email with your contact information which will be kept on file, and you will be notified when the application process officially opens.


New Mexico State University College of Education offers an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts Degree through the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology and the Department of Special Education & Communication Disorders.  The program’s curriculum for psychopharmacology training for practicing psychologists  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.

Students receive extensive education in psychopharmacology, physical assessment, pathophysiology, and psychotropic/psychotherapeutic intervention in a format consistent with psychologists’ broadly humanistic tradition and biopsychosocial orientation. The NMSU curriculum also includes an 80-hour practicum in which the psychologist in training works with a primary care physician to gain hands-on understanding of disease states and medical intervention.  The program helps students set up their second practicum, diagnosing and treating 100 patients with psychotherapy and psychopharmacology under the supervision of a physician, at practicum sites throughout New Mexico.

The goal is to provide high quality training regarding psychopharmacology, helping psychologists to work as primary healthcare providers, supporting emotional and physical well-being. The training builds upon the unique expertise of psychologists as clinicians, diagnosticians, and researchers in mental health.

8th Iteration began September 2014.


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