The future of clinical psychology is in jeopardy if a growing number of women are left out of the field, according to a new report.
The shortage of psychologists is leading to a generation of young women without an education in psychology, according the report, released by the National Institute of Mental Health.
A growing number are also finding themselves out of work because of the stigma associated with having a mental health diagnosis.
“It’s not about being out of a job, it’s about being stuck in an environment that doesn’t value you,” said the report’s co-author, Anika J. Whelan, an associate professor of psychology at Emory University.
The report found that women are less likely to have a graduate degree, and have lower levels of education than men.
Women make up the majority of the profession, with more than 50 percent of psychology graduates held by women.
That’s despite the fact that women comprise approximately two-thirds of the population in the U.S., according to the report.
According to the American Psychological Association, the majority (55 percent) of psychology faculty members are women.
The same percentage is represented in the nation’s clinical psychology facilities, which have more women than men in clinical positions.
The lack of women in the field means that psychologists may not be as effective at providing psychological services as they could be, the report found.
In an effort to improve the state of psychology, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a new set of guidelines on gender and professional development.
The IOM said the new guidance will help clinicians better identify and respond to issues like mental health, suicide prevention, substance abuse and bullying.
The IOM is working to address the issues of gender and sexuality in the profession and in its practice by making it easier for women to get involved in their field, the IOM noted.
According the report published online by the Journal of Adolescent Health, psychologists are among the highest-paid professionals in the industry.
They earned a median annual salary of $85,800 in 2016.
But that salary was nearly triple that of the next-highest paid professional in the country, social work, where a woman made $28,900.
The study found that while women are more likely to be involved in practice, there is still an “underrepresentation of women” in the workplace.
The researchers say there are three types of barriers that are preventing women from advancing to the next level in the psychology field: “oppression” barriers, the lack of social skills, and a lack of knowledge.
“There is a disconnect between the expectations that you have of yourself, your career, your potential and how much you can get paid,” Whelen said.
The new IOM guidelines are part of the organization’s effort to help psychologists better understand their work, so that they can better prepare themselves for future roles in their fields.
The guidelines will be developed over the next year by the Office of the Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which is part of NIH.