Research Psychoanalyst


The Institute has approval from the California State Medical Board of Medical Quality Assurance to register Research Psychoanalysts. Persons with Ph.D.s in fields related to Psychoanalysis ( Anthropology, History, Literature, etc.), who are not licensed to practice psychotherapy, can be trained in this category. Research candidates must have taught or done research.

A registered Research Psychoanalyst is an individual who has graduated from an approved psychoanalytic institution and is registered with the Medical Board of California. Research Psychoanalysts may engage in psychoanalysis as an adjunct to teaching, training or research. Additionally, students who are currently enrolled in an approved psychoanalytic institution and are registered with the Medical Board as a Student Research Psychoanalyst may engage in psychoanalysis under supervision.

Adjunct Defined:
A Research Psychoanalyst may engage in psychoanalysis as an adjunct to teaching, training or research. “Adjunct” means that the Research Psychoanalyst may not render psychoanalytic services on a fee-for-service basis for more than an average of one-third of his or her total professional time including time spent in practice, teaching, training or research. Such teaching, training or research shall be the primary activity of the Research Psychoanalyst. This primary activity may be demonstrated by

  1. A full-time faculty appointment at the University of California, a state university or college, or an accredited or approved educational institution as defined in Section 94310 (a) and (b), of the Education Code.
  2. Significant ongoing responsibility for teaching or training as demonstrated by the amount of time devoted to such teaching or training or the number of students trained; or
  3. A significant research effort demonstrated by publications in professional journals or publication of books.

Students and graduates are not entitled to state or imply that they are licensed to practice psychology, nor may they hold themselves out by any title or description of services incorporating the words: psychological, psychologist, psychology, psychometrists, psychometrics or psychometry.

For a copy of the laws and regulations related to Research Psychoanalysts proceed to the webpage listed below for the Business and Professions Code and the California Code of Regulations.

Verification of the current registration for Research Psychoanalysts may be obtained by selecting the webpage link below, or contacting the Medical Board’s Consumer Information Unit at (916) 263-2382.

For any other information related to Research Psychoanalysts, you may directly contact the Medical Board at:

Medical Board of California
Attn: Research Psychoanalyst Program
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815

Telephone: (916) 263-2382

This link will direct you to the Medical Board webpage for the application process.

This law was established and gave certain Institutes State approval to train research psychoanalysts. A person who is accepted as a Research Candidate with ICP must apply to the State for approval.

Graduates must persist in their primary profession and cannot work more then one-third of his or her time in psychoanalysis.

As a student, he or she must have at least one year clinical training – often at a clinic – seeing patients while working under supervision.

ICP cannot accept Research Candidates from other states unless they have complied with California State law.

Research Candidates can start classes at ICP and then apply to the state. He or she cannot begin supervised cases until approved by the state.

For more information, please contact ICP Administration.


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