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  1. Hi, I'm interested in applying this December for a PhD Clinical Psychology program for Fall 2018. I have a few questions regarding how to know what schools to apply to and determining what schools are schools I would be able to get into. My background: Behavioral Neuroscience major and computer science minor at Northeastern University graduating in May 2018, 3.5 overall GPA, 3.67 behavioral neuroscience GPA, and 3.75 Psychology GPA. I have 4 publications (first author of 2, one pertaining to autism research). I have done 2 six month coops working 40 hr/week in a Newborn Medicine Lab at Boston Children's Hospital and in a Pharmacology and Physiology Lab at The George Washington University, researching autism at both labs. I will be doing another six month coop at the Yale Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University, doing research on with kids with autism. I am specifically interested in autism (as seen by my background), yet at a lot of schools there aren't professors in the clinical psychology program doing autism research. I'm wondering if its absolutely necessary that I do my PhD with a professor doing autism research? Or should I only be applying to programs with professors doing autism research? Also based on my research background/gpa, how can I figure out what schools to apply to? A lot of schools don't put gpa info on their websites it seems (and I understand because its a holistic process), but how can I know where I am in the range of applying to? Thanks!
  2. Hi everyone! I am a Canadian student interested in applying to Clinical Psychology graduate schools in the States and have a few questions about the process and schools. Any help would be greatly appreciated 1. I read that each school provides different levels of funding for their students. Is this funding generally for U.S. citizens? Or does it vary by school? Does anyone know any schools that provide good funding for international students? 2. Is there a big difference between PhD programs in private universities vs. non-private? Is one better than the other or are they generally the same? 3. There are so many APA-accredited schools, any advice on how to narrow the selection down? Other than location and faculty accepting students. 4. How much weight do schools put on the GRE? I have a really strong background in research with a few publications in the works as well as a strong GPA. However, my GRE scores are not that great (155V, 155Q, 5W) - will this significantly lower my chances? Any other advice would be great! Thanks, S.
  3. I figured I would start this thread off for Canadian clinical psychology applicants for Fall 2017. There was a good thread going last year that I think helped a lot of people out. Might as well get it started before the applications are due! Good luck to everyone this year!
  4. Hi everyone! I'm fairly new to the Grad Cafe, and am looking into a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (to start in Fall 2018), specializing in the field of neuropsychology. I am Canadian, but will be applying to schools all throughout North America. I don't know much about schools with this program in the United States, and was hoping some of you could shed light on some good schools with a great clinical neuropsych program. What are some of the schools you applied to for a clinical neuropsych program in North America and why?
  5. Due to some serious health issues and need for intensive treatment I may need to choose a plan B program for Fall. I'm trying to decide which Terminal Master's option would provide the best career options. I am interested in flexible work hours, research experience, and work in the medical field. My options are: -Master of Science in Clinical Psychology w/ license as Psychological Associate. -Master of Social Work to become a LCSW or LMSW -Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to become Licensed Professional Counselor While the MSW would allow me to work in the medical field, I'm not all that interested in Social Work as a career. The Clinical Psychology program would allow me to be a researcher as well as potential doctoral study. The Counseling program has the best job options.
  6. Hi All (first time poster!) I have recently been accepted to a terminal MA in Clinical Psychology (US School). I am interested if anyone knows of the likelihood that I would be able to count the credit hours of this degree towards a PhD in the future, i.e, if any top ClinPsy PhD programs allow you to shave time off your 5/6years because you already have the Masters component. The program isn't fully funded so although it would be great experience and would boost my resume, I'm not sure if it's worth the finances if I can't count any of it towards time off a PhD. Let me know what you think!
  7. Hello! So, I have been making myself crazy the past few days deciding which school to choose for my Master's. Here is the deal. I have narrowed it down to Appalachian State and Illinois State. Illinois State offered me a tuition remission and a small stipend (about $420 a month). Appalachian State offered me in-state tuition and a small stipend (about the same as ISU). I know, it seems obvious, but there are other factors. First, ISU is a Developmental Psychology program. My eventual goal is to go into Clinical Psychology, but I am interested in research that merges Developmental and Clinical. Most graduates go onto Social or Developmental PhD programs, but I imagine just having the degree is all that really matters. The program at ASU is an Experimental Program, but the mentor I was assigned to said that I would just need to work with a Clinical faculty like him. Second, I really prefer ASU's campus. I know I shouldn't care about this, but I just get a better feeling at ASU -- the library is amazing. It's shallow, I know. Illinois isn't a bad campus; it just doesn't feel as comfortable -- the library sort of sucks. So, should I go for the funding or go for what feels better? Thanks!
  8. Hi everyone! I'm fairly new to the Grad Cafe, and am looking into a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (to start in Fall 2018), specializing in the field of neuropsychology. I am Canadian, but will be applying to schools all throughout North America. I don't know much about schools with this program in the United States, and was hoping some of you could shed light on some good schools with a great clinical neuropsych program. What are some of the schools you applied to for a clinical neuropsych program in North America and why?
  9. Hi Guys, I am currently enrolled in a research-based Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program. I will graduate in a year. However, I feel the training that I received is not sufficient for me to secure a good job. I am sure you all know how competitive it is to get a faculty position. Honestly, through my 5 years' experiences (including my M.A.) of conducting research with children, I realize I enjoy doing practical work than doing research. I don't want to drop out from my current program because it will be unethical and upsets my supervisor. So, I am thinking of pursuing another Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I know it's going to be at least 4 more years of schooling, but at least it will lead me to a stable job and decent income. Also, I was planning to postdoc after I graduate which will take me at least two years. So, I thought I might as well just be realistic and spend a few more years doing another Ph.D. that is more practical! I just hope those who are in the progress of completing your doctoral program in Clinical Psychology could give some advice such as the course load and supervisor's expectation. Thank you in advance! Joy
  10. Hi Guys, I am currently enrolled in a research-based Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program. I will graduate in a year. However, I feel the training that I received is not sufficient for me to secure a good job. I am sure you all know how competitive it is to get a faculty position. Honestly, through my 5 years' experiences (including my M.A.) of conducting research with children, I realize I enjoy doing practical work than doing research. I don't want to drop out from my current program because it will be unethical and upsets my supervisor. So, I am thinking of pursuing another Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I know it's going to be at least 4 more years of schooling, but at least it will lead me to a stable job and decent income. Also, I was planning to postdoc after I graduate which will take me at least two years. So, I thought I might as well just be realistic and spend a few more years doing another Ph.D. that is more practical! I just hope those who are in the progress of completing your doctoral program in Clinical Psychology could give some advice such as the course load and supervisor's expectation. Thank you so much!!!!
  11. Hello to everyone who has been biting their nails to the nub for the past several months waiting for MARCH 15. (Almost all of my schools had a deadline of January 15 with a notification date by March 15. I have applied to several schools: UNC Chapel Hill, William & Mary, Columbia, Univeristy of Florida, and Tufts for their either PhD or EdS programs for School Psychology. I would be happy with admittances at any of these schools, but I would say my top choices would be W/M, Chapel Hill, and Columbia. I know these schools agonize over the many-great applications, but it is just HARD. As of yet I have heard NOTHING. I know this is common among all of us, but boy, this is SO stressful. I feel like I've been wishing my life away since November, lol. Dreaming I would wake up on March 15 and this would all be over. Only thing is: Will it REALLY be over on March 15? I have a horror that it will come and go and still nothing. Anyone else in the same boat?
  12. Hi everyone! i have some questions for those of you that have applied more than once to clinical psychology PhD programs and have gotten in: 1) What did you do differently? 2) If you contacted the school to ask about what areas of your application were weak, did you contact the PI or the admissions office? Phone call or email? 3) Do you think that having clinical research experience in many different fields could harm your application? A little bit about my situation... First time applying. Applied to 9 schools, but didn't hear back from any. 3.4 overall GPA, 3.7 major GPA, 158 V 151Q 4.5W GRE, 86th percentile subject GRE. I don't have the money to pursue a master's degree to increase my GPA Research: Have worked as a research assistant for 1 semester in a visual cognition lab (human participants), 2 years in a psychophysiology lab (human participants),1 semester in a neuropsychology lab (human participants), 1 year at a top-ranked hospital (doing unrelated clinical research on digestive diseases) and 1 year at my current job doing systems neuroscience research (animal/translational). In most of the positions, I have been running studies, collecting data, processing data, and I helped out with part of a manuscript that seems like it will never get published . In my current lab, however I have been able to work on projects independently from start to finish! By next year I hope to have a third author publication, a first author publication, and 2 national conference presentations. I'm planning on retaking the GRE and applying to labs with a better fit. Let me know if you have any advice on ways to improve! -Dr. Bubbles
  13. Hi all, Has anyone received an offer to Rowan University's Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program? I've been waitlisted and want to know if people are thinking about attending or denying their offer. Please let me know. I would love to accept if offered admission.
  14. Heya lovely Gradcafe-ers, I was hoping to hear whether people have started to hear back from UNM, post-interview, and/or what current/past students' experiences have been like. Cheers!
  15. this is for clinical psych at a Canadian university... waiting is the worst
  16. I have been accepted to The New School for Social Research's MA program with a planned concentration in Mental Health and Substance abuse, and it is a step toward acceptance into their Ph.D. program after the two-year MA, however I have been accepted to Adelphi University's clinical Ph.D. program and I was wondering if anyone had some advice in which way to lean. I am interested in becoming a Clinician and utilizing CBT and interested in anxiety and emotion regulation. Thank you for any advice you have or proving any factors I should consider!
  17. Hi Everyone, I just wanted to make a thread regarding the Chancellor's Fellowship that is offered at the UC schools. When I was accepted into UCSB, I was informed that I was nominated for the Chancellor's Fellowship, which is a central university allocated fellowship. I tried looking online for information regarding the fellowship and the process of receiving it, but couldn't find much, so I wanted to share the information that I have now that I received it. Congrats and goodluck if you're in this situation! I'd like to preface that this information is not verified as being true, but that it's the information that I found online and that I gathered from the process. I was informed that I was accepted into the PhD CCSP (clinical, counseling, and school psychology) program at UCSB about a week after the 1/20/17 interview day. I was called by my POI and told told of my nomination for the fellowship on the same call that I was informed of my acceptance. I was told that I was nominated by the department and that at that point, it was just a waiting game until the university makes a decision on the nominations (coming from all departments). I was called by my POI immediately after he heard the decision that I was chosen for the fellowship, which was on 2/24/17. I found online that each department gets a certain number of nominations for these types of fellowships depending on how big the department is. This is true for both the Chancellor's Fellowship and the diversity fellowships (Cota Robles). Typically the number is about 3 or 4 nominations per fellowship per department. The department nominates you and submits all necessary documents -- you don't have to do anything as a nominee. Here's a link to the most detailed info I could find online regarding this process. http://www.filmandmedia.ucsb.edu/academics/graduate/grad-binder/grad-dinder.pdf It's a little outdated in regard to the amount of the stipend, but information still sounds applicable. Here's an outline of my Chancellor's Fellowship offer. Not sure if this is how it is for every recipient, since I've only seen my offer, so please keep that in mind. " Chancellor's Fellowship Package A stipend of $24,000 from Graduate Division for each of three years (from the first five years of study) A supplement of $5,000 summer support in the summer following your first year A teaching or research assistant position at approximately 50% time (for the other two years) Payment of fees and UC health insurance for five years; in employment years Graduate Division pays any balance of fees after fee remission; in stipend years Graduate Division pays any balance of fees not covered during appointment periods by required UCSB graduate student fee remission Payment by Graduate Division of supplemental nonresident tuition (if required) for the first year of study Access to University housing for the first year, renewable for up to six years (provided Housing and Residential Services’ requirements are met) The schedule of your financial support during your UC Santa Barbara graduate tenure will be as follows: Year 1: $24,000 Graduate Division stipend year, $5,000 supplement (following Spring) Year 2: Departmental teaching assistantship or research position Year 3: $24,000 Graduate Division stipend year Year 4: Departmental teaching assistantship or research position Year 5: $24,000 Graduate Division stipend year Should additional departmental funds become available, you may receive a letter from your department providing supplementary support to this Chancellor's Fellowship." I've accepted my offer to attend UCSB and take the Chancellor's Fellowship. I heard from the housing department that this fellowship might also give me priority for Student Family Housing, which I'm very happy about. I do not know much about the fellowship outside of this information since I have yet to attend graduate school yet. Just hoping that passing along this information is helpful to someone in the future.
  18. As we all know, this process is nerve-wrecking, tiring, exciting and more. I have applied to a number of schools and have been rejected from most thus far except one. After hearing such sad news, receiving noticed of being waitlisted from a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. due to my competitive application was pretty exciting news, as I was preparing for a gap year. I'm curious to know what exactly it means to be waitlisted without being interviewed. I know some programs differ in terms of the structure of the waitlist pool (numeric system etc.).
  19. Hi everyone, I applied to MA programs in psychology and I wanted to know the acceptance rates of them . I have applied to these schools: CSUN Clinical Psych CSULA CSUDH CSUF USC MFT CSUN is my #1 choice school to go to, I went through the interview, but the waiting game is killing me (when I will hear back from other schools). If anyone has direct experience going through the application process for these programs or is a student under one of the programs listed above, please feel free to share your experience with me
  20. How many of you have found that the school you applied to have updated the Status of your application? Am I wasting my time looking at these sites everyday?
  21. Hey everyone, I have a couple of questions to ask you all. I was wondering, how important are GRE scores in an application for counseling psychology? I have had mixed reviews, but it would be really really helpful if someone can give me their own experience on GRE and applying for PhD programs in counseling psychology (clinical psychology too, since I am planning to apply to some in the future). My next question is: How important is it to attend an MA program right before applying for the PhD? I don't have enough independent research experiences and close working relationships with faculty within labs, and my GPA is not competitive enough, so I decided to apply to MA programs in general psychology within my state (CA). Last question: How important is publications when applying to a PhD program in psychology? Thank you and congrats to the people that got accepted in programs!
  22. I was accepted into a Master's program that starts in the Fall. I need to take 12 hours of pre-requisite undergraduate courses in the first year, and the actual program is 60 hours. Im considering taking at least a few pre-reqs online this summer in order to streamline the process, while working. The only issue is that if I am not in schools this summer I will have time to work more = more money saved. Any thoughts on which option might be best?
  23. The POI at a school that offered me admission has been subtly/implicitly pressuring me to respond definitively to the offer, and, given the signals that I've been receiving, I fear that the pressure will dial up in the next couple weeks. However, I have yet to hear back from most other programs I interviewed at--it's my only offer--so I don't even know yet what my other options may be. While I do feel that the program for which I have a pending offer--let's say Program A--would be a great opportunity on many levels, there is another program--Program B--that felt more like home to me, more like a place that really aligned with my sensibilities and personality. In a sense, it is that perennial conflict between my gut, which has been nagging me that I may be maximally fulfilled and animated by Program B, and logic/pragmatism, which concludes that on balance the benefits (e.g., fit with research interests, prestigious research lab, career flexibility afforded due to both strong research and rigorous clinical training) of Program A outweigh the costs (e.g., poorer fit with the vibe/surrounding environment/location, less interesting and diverse course offerings, diminished ability to engage with research outside the scope of my current interests). I should add that this comparison is complicated by the fact Program A is mentor-based whereas Program B is not. I'm having a pretty hard time trying to figure out what I value most--and I don't know how to assess whether that feeling of belonging/alignment will ultimately yield more for me than more pragmatic factors like number of publications or professional connections or whatever. It's obviously especially difficult when--and a bit ridiculous given--that I don't even know if I'm going to be offered admission to Program B, and haven't had the opportunity to flesh out that program fully. Anyways, I've heard from people that, despite our right to wait till April 15th to respond, I could potentially impair the relationship with the POI from Program A if I withhold an answer for too long. Does anyone know if that's true or have any advice about how to handle this situation (or evaluate my different inclinations ha...)??
  24. Someone created this last year and I thought it was a great idea to get different perspectives and see how others were coping with their rejections! I think it will be good for us to start one this year, and begin to decompress/start thinking of plan B (or C, or D, E.. etc) after rejections come trickling in. Use the following template if it helps! School: Area/Degree: Rationalization: Comment: Coping tactics:
  25. I'm starting a MS terminal program in Clinical Psychology this fall. This program leads to licensure as a psychological associate, and an optional license as a professional counselor. My ultimate goal is doctoral study in clinical psychology. My undergrad is not in Psychology, and I am going in with no research experience. I want to be as strategic as possible while in the program to plan for future doctoral study. My options: -Work as a research assistant -Opportunity to attend conferences, be published etc... -Specialize in neuropsychology -Become counselor as well as psychology associate I plan to do clinical work and research after graduating, for awhile before doctoral study. With that in mind, would I benefit me to also be licensed as a counselor if I really want to be a psychologist?