Behavioral psychologists are tasked with observing human behavior to interpret and predict how humans may behave in certain situations. They must be able to understand patients and read their emotional responses, and they may perform a variety of techniques and work-methods on a regular basis, such as hypnosis, psychotherapy, personality tests, and surveys to better understand patients' thoughts and feelings.
Behavioral psychologists may work as industry-specific consultants or in private practice, and some work in counseling clinics, hospitals, and drug treatment/rehabilitation programs. Psychologists typically specialize in a certain subset of the field, and some behavioral psychologists have even more specific specializations such as school bullying or trauma after a large disaster.
A doctorate degree may be required for this position, and behavior psychologists must also pass an exam and work under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist. Some states require only a master's degree to work with clients in this position.
Behavioral Psychologist Tasks
Assess and evaluate patients.
Keep detailed records.
Recommend treatment plans, work with interdisciplinary team to coordinate patient treatment.
Provide treatment and preventative counseling and treatment.