cli·​ni·​cian | \ kli-ˈni-shən How to pronounce clinician (audio) \

Definition of clinician

1 : a person qualified in the clinical practice of medicine, psychiatry, or psychology as distinguished from one specializing in laboratory or research techniques or in theory
2 : a person who conducts a clinic

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The Whig interpretation of psychiatry’s history begins with the great German clinician Emil Kraepelin struggling to grasp the complexity of psychosis by observing what his patients said and did over time. Richard J. Mcnally, WSJ, "‘Mind Fixers’ Review: There Has to Be a Better Way," 3 May 2019 These are what doctors often call short or long sleepers, Rajkumar Dasgupta, M.D., a clinician and associate professor at Keck Medicine of USC’s division of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine, tells SELF. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Much Sleep Do I Need?," 21 Mar. 2019 In general, clients work with the same student clinician for between 11 and 13 weeks (the length of the student clinicians’ academic quarter). Caitlin Flynn, The Seattle Times, "A Seattle program is making mental-health counseling more affordable," 16 Oct. 2018 Some general clinicians and urologists are also certified in anal screening, but this isn't widespread, Dr. Paskett says. Korin Miller, SELF, "Throat and Anal Cancers Caused by HPV Are on the Rise—Here's How to Stay Safe," 24 Aug. 2018 Another example: Adults can get NRT products over-the-counter or by prescription, while those under 18 need parental permission to get a prescription from a clinician and access treatment. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "So, You Want to Quit Vaping...," 1 Feb. 2019 Plans call for the clinic eventually to have 18 clinicians and therapists providing medical and behavioral health care and to employ more than 50 people. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers set to begin construction on clinic in West Milwaukee," 8 May 2018 Ask nearby colleges and universities to see a clinician-in-training. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Ways to Find an Actually Affordable Therapist," 15 Feb. 2019 Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder ( has lots of good information, including help on finding a qualified clinician. Beth Levine, Woman's Day, "Q&A: Tricky Social Dilemmas—Solved," 6 Apr. 2012

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First Known Use of clinician

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of clinician

: a person (such as a doctor or nurse) who works directly with patients rather than in a laboratory or as a researcher


cli·​ni·​cian | \ klin-ˈish-ən How to pronounce clinician (audio) \

Medical Definition of clinician

: an individual qualified in the clinical practice of medicine, psychiatry, or psychology as distinguished from one specializing in laboratory or research techniques or in theory

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