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More psychologists, healthier counties
1 American Psychological Association. (2016). County-level analysis of U.S. licensed psychologists and health indicators. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved
from http://www.apa.org/workforce/publications/15-county-analysis/index.aspx. Concentrations of licensed psychologists were based on the number of
active doctoral-level licensed psychologists per 100,000 population. The analysis used multiple linear regression and controlled for various demographic,
socio-economic, health insurance-related and environmental variables.
Counties with higher concentrations of licensed psychologists enjoy better health.
— Luona Lin, MPP, Peggy Christidis, PhD, and Karen Stamm, PhD
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Adults who live in counties with more psychologists
tend to report fewer poor mental and physical health
days per month, even after controlling for variables
such as income and health insurance coverage,
according to a county-level analysis. 1 Counties with
more psychologists also have significantly fewer
adults who drink excessively or smoke, or who have
diabetes, obesity or are physically inactive.
Although the relationship between the distribution
of licensed psychologists and health is only
correlational, these findings help identify regions in
which there are shortages of and high demand for
psychologists. Concentrations of licensed psychologists
are highest in the Northeast and along the Pacific coast,
and significantly lower in the South, which also does
significantly worse on most health indicators.
Poor mental health days and concentration of licensed psychologists at county level, 20151
Poor mental health
days per month
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2. 5–3. 5
Number of licensed