The American Board of Professional Psychology Certification Process

As a private practice psychologist in Augusta, GA, Dr. Joseph Frey provides clients with services such as psychological assessments, family therapy, and forensic consultation. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology with a focus on the family from Georgia State University. A member of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Joseph Frey also holds board certification from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

The American Board of Professional Psychology offers board certification to guarantee the professional services offered by psychologists. The process to receive certification begins with a credentials review, followed by peer review of practice samples, and then an oral examination conducted by board-certified psychologists. Some boards in specific areas, such as forensic psychology and clinical neuropsychology, require a written examination in addition.

For more information about the application process, visit ABPP’s website at The site includes further details on each step of the process and on the different options, such as the Early Entry Program and the Senior Option in Examinations, as well as an infographic of the process.


Academic Success through Partners in Achievement

Board-certified as a diplomate in clinical psychology, Dr. Joseph Frey maintains a private practice in Augusta, GA, and owns Psychological Specialists of Augusta. With a background in forensic consultation and business and management psychology, he has more than three decades of experience and has conducted individual psychotherapy with people of all ages. Since 2002, Joseph Frey has also served as a partner with the organization Partners in Achievement (PIA).

Dedicated to helping students be successful in an academic environment, Partners in Achievement helps students though two academic improvement programs. PIA’s longest-running program, PACE, stands for Processing and Cognitive Enhancement and has been tested in more than 350 schools over a period of more than 10 years. Focused on improving the brain’s processing rather than a specific academic skill or behavior, PACE has been proven to benefit both children and adults with memory deficits, dyslexia, attention problems, and other learning disabilities.

The second program, Master the Code (MTC), helps to address reading speed and comprehension issues. Designed to help readers who read too slowly, cannot concentrate, or exhibit other reading difficulties, MTC can help identify problem skill areas such as memory, segmenting, blending, and visualization, among others. MTC features one-on-one training and a kit for all students so that they are less likely to fall back into bad reading habits.