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Is a Ph.D. Psychologist a “Dr.” ?

My husband is a Ph.D. psychologist in private practice. He goes by Dr. (Name).  Our son is getting married and we will be listed on the wedding invitation. The bride is asking what title to use – Dr. and Mrs. or Mr. and Mrs.?

My husband prefers Dr.(Name)  but I’m not sure if this is correct for an invitation. Seems like a gray area for Ph.D.s in counselling & healthcare. Thanks for input!
—-—-—-—-—-– Boxwell How to Address a Psychologist    How to Address a Therapist

Dear Boxwell:
If your husband holds a doctorate and prefers ‘Dr. (Name)’, then use Dr. and Mrs. (Full Name) on the invitation.

It’s true that not all the Ph.D.s in healthcare use ‘Dr. (Name)’.  In hospitals – administrators, therapists, pharmacists, even nurses with Ph.D.s are not addressed as ‘Dr. (Name)’. The logic as explained to me is that –for a patient the hospital can be a sea of white uniforms. By only addressing the physicians as Dr. (Name) it helps them better know  who is their physician, and who is not.

In my observation – Ph.D. psychologists in private practice all use Dr. (Name)  socially and professionally.

– Robert Hickey How to Address a Psychologist    How to Address a Therapist

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