American Board of Geropsychology

The candidate will be able to demonstrate competency in the following Foundational and Functional Competency areas as defined below:


Professionalism: Professional values and ethics as evidenced in behavior and comportment that reflect the values and ethics of psychology, integrity, and responsibility.

Reflective Practice/Self‐Assessment/Self‐Care: Practice conducted with personal and professional self-awareness and reflection; with awareness of competencies; with appropriate self‐care.

Scientific Knowledge and Methods: Understanding of research, research methodology, techniques of data collection and analysis, biological bases of behavior, cognitive‐affective bases of behavior, and development across the lifespan. Respect for scientifically derived knowledge.

Relationships: Relate effectively and meaningfully with individuals, groups, and/or communities.

Individual and Cultural Diversity: Awareness, sensitivity, and skills in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups, and communities who represent various cultural and personal backgrounds and characteristics.

Ethical/Legal Standards: Application of ethical concepts and awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups, and organizations.

Interdisciplinary Systems: Knowledge of key issues and concepts in related disciplines. Identify and interact with professionals in multiple disciplines.


Assessment: Defining, assessing, diagnosing, and conceptualizing client problems, capabilities, and issues associated with older adults

Intervention: Developing, implementing, and evaluating various interventions designed to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well‐being of older adults.

Consultation: Analysis, consultation, and assistance provided to supervisors, managers, groups, families, and/or agencies for purposes of improving group or organizational functioning in geriatric settings.