What Is The Difference Between A Psychologist and A Psychiatrist?

A Psychologist has received a doctorate degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) and is state-licensed to practice psychology, including clinical procedures such as psychotherapy and diagnostic assessment.

A Psychiatrist has a medical degree (usually an M.D.) and has completed a psychiatric residency in a hospital setting. Psychiatrists are state licensed as medical doctors and can prescribe medications.