Articles by Ryan R. Cooper

I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology at University of the Cumberlands in Florence, Kentucky. My research interests include healthcare philosophy and policy, prescribing psychology (RxP), healthcare law, and psychiatric iatrogenic illness. Clinically I enjoy neuropsychological testing, and therapeutically I practice from a psychodynamic-existential orientation. I’ve enjoyed some exciting and diverse practica, including university counseling, elementary and high school public school systems, community mental health, neuropsychology, and inpatient hospital psychiatry. I’m a proud Texan and fourth-generation farm owner, with my [very tolerant] partner of almost 12 years. Who, by the way, is not a proud Texan, but rather a proud New Yorker (but he's learned to enjoy cattle and the lullaby of coyotes). I love strong coffee and Sam Adams (not together).

Prescription Privileges for Psychologists: An Introduction

Prescription Privileges for Psychologists: An Introduction

Almost any mental health practitioner today knows that “something is up” with the “prescription privileges debate thingy,” but for most, that’s about as far as it goes. It may surprise many readers, however, to learn that the prescriptions privileges movement for psychologists is not new; it’s actually about three decades old.

As this movement gets more coverage (and finds success at more state legislatures), it becomes even more important that students and early career psychologists have some familiarity with the “prescription privileges debate thingy.”

I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the number of students I’ve encountered that do know there is such a movement, but who desire more information about it. In a short series of articles, I hope to leave my fellow students (and psychologists largely removed from the RxP debate) with a bit more information.