Specialty Specific Requirements

To apply for board certification in Geropsychology:

1) Please review the Generic Requirements and the Specialty Specific Requirements

2) Complete the Online Application



ABGERO requirements specific to specialization in Geropsychology consist of:


1. Initial Screening for Eligibility as a Candidate by the ABGERO

2. Submission and favorable review of the Practice Sample (i.e., Professional Self-Study Statement & Work Examples)

3. A successful Oral Examination based in part on material presented in the Practice Sample


Eligibility criteria specific to the specialization in Geropsychology include the following requirements:


  A.  Education:

  1. 1.  Evidence of two courses/seminars relevant to Geropsychology at the doctoral, internship, or post-doctoral levels OR
  2. 2.  At least 100 hours of documented formal CE coursework relevant to Geropsychology (as deemed acceptable by ABGERO) over a period of no longer than seven years

 B. Training:


1.   Formal training in Geropsychology: One year of formal, full-time supervised training in Geropsychology or its equivalent (2000 hours) as determined by the ABGERO:



  • •  One year full-time Geropsychology fellowship 
  • •  An internship and post-doctoral fellowship with Geropsychology hours that total 2,000 or more 
  • •  An externship/practicum and internship with Geropsychology hours that total 2,000 or more


2.   Informal training in Geropsychology: Documented, supervised training in Geropsychology that totals 3,000 hours or more:   



  • •  Internship rotation and informal, supervised training with Geropsychology hours that total 3,000 or more
  • •  Externship/practicum in Geropsychology and informal supervised training with Geropsychology hours that total 3,000 or more
  • •  For the latter post-licensure supervision requirement to be met, there should be a minimum of 1/hr./wk of supervision/consultation conducted by a Geropsychology competent licensed psychologist (as deemed competent by the ABGERO via a review of the supervisors’ CV)

C. Experience:


Self-identity as a geropsychologist with at least two years of full-time post-licensure employment (or its part-time equivalent) as a psychologist, with at least one year devoted to professional services to older adults. Such services may include direct independent provision of clinical services (e.g., being in private practice or employed by a geriatric consulting group doing assessment/treatment of older adults); teaching/in service education/supervision of students or geriatric mental health professionals (e.g., teaching gerontological courses in a university; consultation with a long term care institution regarding residents with behavior problems); administrative duties in a geriatric organization (e.g., director of an institute of gerontology; executive leadership within a gerontological organization); conducting applied gerontological mental health  research; or other geriatric mental health services as deemed acceptable by the board.


Senior Psychologist Option: Candidates who are able to document 15 or more years of continuous and substantial post-licensure activity in the specialty of Geropsychology may qualify for the Senior Psychologist Option if there is evidence of significant contributions to the field of Geropsychology.