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      Hi Spunky,
      I noticed your name come up a lot on the forums on Quantitative Psychology. I recently found out about that area of psychology (I used to be interested in Clinical), and I think my interests can be addressed really well by Quantitative. Specifically, I'm interested in the measurement involved in psychological disorders with particular emphasis on personality disorders. In addition, I'm interested in applying item response theory to these different measures. Looking at the slim information on quantitative online, I think my interest could be addressed much better in these programs than Clinical.
      Anyway, I'm getting off topic. My big question to you, is what can I do to improve my application beyond the basic have a good GRE, good GPA, etc.? I am not applying for programs until the Fall of 2017.
      Recently I spoke with a Quantitative professor that offered to teach me R in an independent study. Is that a good idea?
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      I already have a Ph.D. in Physics ( studied protein dynamics with lasers and coherent X-rays ) from a mid-level school in USA. I  could not do a post doc due to my child's medical condition and had to move to a different state for his treatment. I did not have any connections or a network to secure a post doc/ research scholar position over there and ended up as a part-time Physics instructor teaching at several community colleges. Did this for almost 2 years and my kid is now doing fine.

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