by Dr. Justin Les Faits
Kevin MacDonald, former teacher in the Cal State system, is not a psychologist. Not even close. He does, however, refer to himself as one and he allows himself to be addressed as such. I have contacted Mr. MacDonald through his website to warn him that a group of real psychologists intend to take action against him if he does not stop misrepresenting himself.
Kevin MacDonald continues to allow himself to be misrepresented as a psychologist despite these warnings. We know that MacDonald holds views that are unpopular, and we respect his freedom of speech. He does, however, need to stop misrepresenting himself. This is the last time the warning will be given. If he continues this charade, action will be taken.
As an academic with no training whatsoever in professional psychology, Mr. MacDonald likely does not even realize that real psychologists have undergone more training than almost any other doctor (Olvey, C., Hogg, A., & Counts, W. 2002. Licensure requirements: Have we raised the bar too far? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 33, 323-329). Here I am referring to doctors who practice, such as physicians, veterinarians, and clinical psychologists (not “doctors” who are only academics).
A fellow blogger wrote about this over a year ago. I am one of the people who supplied her with the information. I will quote her blog post here rather than write this out again myself:
“A friend of mine recently uncovered the facts about Mr. Kevin MacDonald, for example. This man continually misrepresents himself as a “psychologist,” but he doesn’t even possess an undergraduate degree in the subject, let alone a master’s degree, or of course a doctorate in psychology. As those among you with two or more neurons to rub together may have already guessed, without the requisite 10 or more years of training, he also lacks a license — which would require years of postdoctoral work in addition to that decade of training. The easiest way to “prove” that he is a fraud is by merely going to http://www.psychboard.ca.gov/, then hit the “verify” link (middle link toward the top of the page), then hit the “verify license” link, then hit “search by personal or business name,” then enter his name in the search fields. His name will result in nothing found — he has no license even in cosmetology, let alone clinical psychology (thanks to BogusDichotomy for the info re credentials of psychologists).”
So for the last time, Kevin MacDonald, stop misrepresenting yourself as a psychologist.