psy·​chol·​o·​gist sī-ˈkä-lə-jist How to pronounce psychologist (audio)
plural psychologists
: a person who specializes in the study of mind and behavior or in the treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders : a specialist in psychology

Examples of psychologist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sea Island’s Golf Performance Center is a state-of-the-art destination for any level golfer to better his game through personalized instructions, a sports psychologist consultation or equipment fitting. Katie Sweeney, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Maintaining healthy social-media habits after a breakup can be especially difficult for people who frequently posted about their relationship, Ebony Butler, a psychologist and the creator of My Therapy Cards, told me. Isle McElroy, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2024 The Star spoke with child psychologist Erin Hambrick, an associate professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City, to gather advice for parents and caregivers after the deadly mass shooting. Eleanor Nash, Kansas City Star, 15 Feb. 2024 Even the first step to finding an in-language psychologist – looking for someone covered by insurance – can be intimidating or impossible for some non-native English speakers. Elizabeth Wolfe, CNN, 10 Feb. 2024 Jim Hiller was more psychologist than strategist during his first practice as the Kings’ interim coach, more likely to offer an encouraging word than to rewrite the playbook for a team that had stumbled into the All-Star break and week off with a confidence-shaking 14 losses in 17 games. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 The psychologist Jeffrey Arnett emphasizes the optimism and emergent sense of possibility that people in their twenties often feel during this period. Eric Klinenberg, TIME, 9 Feb. 2024 If getting started feels like a hurdle, Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, recommends beginning with a miniworkout designed to boost your state of mind. Danielle Friedman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Feb. 2024 But what is the neuroscientific or psychologists’ explanation for why we would be drawn to re-experiencing melancholy memories? David Marchese Photograph By Mamadi Doumbouya, New York Times, 2 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychologist was in 1871

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“Psychologist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a specialist in psychology

Medical Definition


psy·​chol·​o·​gist sī-ˈkäl-ə-jəst How to pronounce psychologist (audio)
: a specialist in psychology
especially : a practitioner of clinical psychology, counseling, or guidance

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