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  1. Hi all! I know there's a general Fall 2018 thread, but I wanted to make a counseling specific one (since there's fewer of us). I'm only applying to one program (I know) - but my potential POI is in the exact geographic and subject area I'm interested in. Even doing some research that I've only dreamed about. Plus, I'm a bit of a transition student. I was psych undergrad but haven't touched it since. GRE: Average - 155+Q&V. Undergrad GPA - 4.0 Grad GPA (Masters in CJ) - 4.0 also, graduating from law school this December (FINALLY) around top 25% of my class. Too bad it took longer than first year to figure out I shouldn't have gone to law school. Tell me about you! Schools? Research Interest? Worries? Personally, I'm worried my JD will hurt my application, instead of hurt. My research interest is an intersection of psych, CJ, and law - but lawyers have a bad reputation.
  2. I graduated with a BA in Psychology last December and am trying to find the right program to suit my intended career goals. My biggest interest is to do conduct research concerning mindfulness and meditation practices. I would love to be able to collect both brain data as well as human behavioral data to support the use of these methods with those with both clinical and non-clinical mental health needs. My interest is to show changes in the brain as well as daily behavior after I have worked with participants. I would like to be able to work with people to teach them mindfulness methods as well as meditation, breathing exercises, possibly yoga or qigong, myself either with individuals, couples, families, or groups. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs such as these have already been used in other studies. Teaching them these skills myself caters to my initial desire to be a counselor/therapist. My subsequent desire is to complete controlled experiments to show the changes in brain activity and structure possibly using EEG, MR, fMRI, basically what I am able to get my hands on. I would like to be able to pair this data with behavioral data collected from self-reports, peer-reports, surveys, or observation. Now, I am willing to settle/begin with doing research around types of neurocounseling methods, mindfulness is just my end game, hopefully. I want to be able to directly work in teaching these skills as well as gathering, cleaning, and analyzing the brain data collected. I am having a difficult time choosing a graduate program to fit my desires. Should my masters be counseling or clinical? Should I look for a cognitive, neuroscience, mental health, behavioral, or research program? Is it more important that the course work covers areas I'm looking into or should I be more concerned with finding a lab/professor to work with? Do I still need to become a licensed counselor/therapist to work with people on these skill sets and exercised or since it is for research are there different requirements? While my desire to do research is new, it is strong and I am willing to work hard to feed both my scientific and social curiosity, I just really want to make the right decisions about my education if I can help it. Thank you!
  3. Hi everybody, A friend of mine is desperately seeking participants to fill out a very quick questionnaire for her MSc thesis. I'm sure many of you realise how difficult it is to find willing participants so I'd be forever grateful is you can spare 5 minutes to complete the survey! Here is the link to the questionnaire: https://kingstonpcs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2o4uVGJGpPPWFff The study is very interesting, aiming to uncover the importance of parental influence on alcohol addiction. Many thanks
  4. I am currently in the process of selecting Quantitative Psychology programs to apply to in the Fall. In doing this research, I came across a program that has one professor accepting graduate students. His research interests and mine work well together, and I thought this would be a good program to apply to. However, I realized in searching the website that there are no current quantitative psychology graduate students listed. This seems very unusual to me, but their admission statistics suggest this is a distinct possibility. Would you apply somewhere that doesn't have other graduate students in your area? Is this a red flag? I'm not certain how to interpret this.
  5. Hi all, So after taking two years off after completing my B.Sc. in Canada, I'm preparing to apply for graduate schools for a clinical psychology doctoral program specializing in neuropsychology. I know these sorts of programs are extremely competitive, so I will likely be applying to 18-20 schools, but thought I would post some of my application credentials and get any advice from anyone willing to give it! Education: B.Sc. with Honor's in Psychology, Minor in Biology. Completed an Honor's Thesis in my final year in cognitive neuroscience. GPA: Overall: 3.3 (first 2 years of B.Sc. were as a Biomedical Science major, which I did not enjoy, and my GPA reflects this). Major GPA: 3.8 Last 2 years/60 credits: 3.8 GRE Scores: Psychology Subject GRE: 750 (91st percentile) General GRE (taking this in the next few weeks, likely will be around 156V/160Q/5.0AW) LOR: 2 clinical neuropsychologists (Honor's thesis supervisor and current work supervisor; both on admissions committees for CN programs at 2 different schools), 1 supervisor who is also a clinical psychologist (supervisor from Developmental Psychology lab mentioned below) Experience: 4 poster presentations Honor's thesis (supervised by a clinical neuropsychologist, see LOR above) and Independent Research Project (supervised by Neuroscientist) Volunteered at 2 hospitals, 3 different research labs in my last 2 years of undergraduate studies Moved from Toronto, Canada to San Diego, California after graduating with my B.Sc. to work as a Lab Manager in a Developmental Psychology lab and then as a Research Coordinator in a Neuropsychology lab (multi-site project; still currently here - see LOR above). I guess I am worried that my GRE scores will make my applications less competitive. I feel as though my applications are well-rounded elsewhere and my time off and additional experience has helped me. I do not have any location preferences and will be applying all throughout North America. Any and all advice or insight is welcome! Also, please don't hesitate to mention any schools that you guys know of which are very reputable for CN! Some on my radar include: SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program, Drexel, Boston University, Northwestern University (Feinberg), University of Florida, University of Houston, University of Wisconsin... Thank you!!
  6. I was very excited to get into my 1st choice PhD Psychology program, and was under the assumption that I would be in a specific professor's research lab (I mentioned this many times throughout my interview, was personally interviewed by them, and my MA thesis/previous years of research experience was the exact same material as this lab). After confirming my acceptance, I was notified by this professor that this lab did not have funding for a new graduate student. I just received my assignment for my graduate assistantship, and the professors have no similarities with my research interests, as far as I can tell. Will my dissertation be advised by these professors? Or will I have a different dissertation supervisor? (The professor I was hoping to work with did offer to help me with my dissertation, but it is very unclear in what capacity). I am disappointed that I will not be involved in the research I was expecting (trying to be open minded to new experiences...). I will feel MUCH better if I am just working for these professors, and will be able to conduct the research that I am interested in. Can someone please explain to me how this might work? Or how it works at other schools? Thank you in advance!
  7. I am a new graduate student in a Counseling Research Master's program, as preparation for a Ph.D program in Counseling Psychology. I originally applied to the Coun Psyc program at the school, and was accepted into the Master's program. I am planning ahead for doctoral applications, and wanted to know how likely it is to be accepted into a doctoral program at the same school? Is it viewed favorably as a current student, or not necessarily?
  8. This is a totally out of reach post (lol) but anyone here interested in space psychology? I.e. how do, or would, astronauts live in space and what will happen to their minds psychologically on a long term space mission? Would love to connect with like minded folks with similar interests!
  9. Hello all! I'm looking for fellow Quantitative Psychology PhD applicants (so what- like 30 people :D). I thought it would be cool to make a thread and maybe get in contact with some other people going through a similar application process. Personally I am in a Master's program right now surrounded by Clinical Psychology applicants. There must be someone out there like me! Current quantitative psychology people are welcome to drop by and impart their wisdom as well. EDIT: Found a thread for this year. There must be some out there somewhere!
  10. Just curious, but if Psychology is a science, why are the graduate degrees offered by some universities a Master of Arts and not a Master's of science? Does that mean a master's of Arts in psychology is less scientifically based or the courses in a master's of arts are not as statistically heavy? Is it better to do a master's of science in psychology? As isn't it better to do a degree where psychology can be more empirically supported?
  11. I wanted to be a psych major in college, but my parents convinced me that I should do speech-language pathology because if I majored in psych I would end up working for minimum wage my whole life. Entry level for speech pathology is a Master's degree. I got a bachelor's degree in the field, and now I'm in one of the field's top graduate schools. We do 6 semesters in 2 years (fall, spring, summer, fall2, spring2, summer2). I am in my first summer semester and have another year of school left after this until I earn my degree, and then I must practice under supervision for another year before I can become licensed and certified. This field is all right. I really enjoy my classes on a theoretical level, but when it comes to actually working with people on their speech and language, I dread it. I have disliked every clinical placement and always hope the next one is better, but it never is. Since speech-language pathology school is a professional degree, I have no research experience at all. We have the option to do a Master's thesis, but with 15-17 credits each fall or spring semester, summer classes, TAships, and clinical placements, almost no one does a Thesis. None out of 20 of us are doing one. I think if I did one, I might go insane, especially since I'm not super interested in this field. I have been emailing professors in psychology to ask if I could volunteer in their labs. Almost no one has gotten back to me yet, maybe because it's the summer, but I will keep trying. The professor who did says her neuroscience lab is probably not a good fit for me. I tried emailing a professor who does cognitive research and examines language skills in children. Even though I am no longer super interested in language acquisition, I probably would understand his research better, so I hope he gets back to me. Here are the titles of classes I have taken in psychology: General Psych Social Psych Developmental Psych Child Psych Mind, Brain, and Behavior (an introduction to neuroscience) Advances in Behavioral Neuroscience Memory and Amnesia Neuroanatomy and Physiology (through a speech-language pathology department, but very psych related) I think I am interested in cognitive neuroscience research, but I'm not really sure because of my lack of experience. If it turns out I hate research, I am interested in becoming a clinical psychologist and am especially interested in working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, PTSD, and depression. I am also interested in working with children who are survivors of abuse and neglect. I have a few main thoughts/questions. Feel free to answer any or all of them. 1. So, I plan on finishing my Master's degree in speech-language pathology and becoming a licensed, fully certified, speech-language-pathologist. If I neglected to do my supervised clinical fellowship year and failed to become certified, it would be very difficult to go back and do this in the future. THEN I planned on trying to return to school for a PhD in psych. Does this sound reasonable? Or is it just sunk-cost fallacy? 2. I have been using my free time to take classes in psych and neuroscience. Is this the right or the wrong way to go about it? Should I instead be taking the bare minimum of classes and pick up a Master's Thesis in speech pathology instead? If I did that, at least I would have a publication when it came time to apply for a psych PhD program. 3. Do Psych PhD programs often take out of field students with an out-of-field Master's degree? What about students with minimal research experience? 4. Would I be able to become a clinical psychologist if I earned a Cognitive Psych or Cognitive Neuroscience PhD rather than a Clinical Psych PhD or PsyD? Would I still acquire the skills necessary to diagnose, treat, and counsel?
  12. It would be good to have a page dedicated to all the students of UMich. Hope we can all gather together here!
  13. Hey all! I need 200+ participants and feeling very unpopular on facebook, so if you have ten minutes and like to fill out surveys about love and attachment, this is exactly for you! If you hate doing it, please do it anyway because its another interesting perspective on the subject! Here's the link https://uelpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cUP90sS3aGtlzcV - Thank you so much for helping. And feel free to send me any of yours! Best, Anaïs https://uelpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cUP90sS3aGtlzcV
  14. Hi Everyone - I am a graduate student in a public policy program (MPP) at a very highly ranked school (top five in the country), one of the best in the country and I am hoping to move onto a PhD program in 2018. However, I am debating on what type of PhD program to pursue as my research interests are very diverse. At its core, I am currently studying public policy with two concentrations; the first is U.S. education policy in the United States and second, my degree has concentration certificates, which in my case will include computational social science and survey research methodology. Initially I thought wanted to get a PhD in public policy but my interests have since shifted to more of a psychology focus. My only formal experience with psychology is through my undergraduate major when I wrote my thesis, i was an English major that used psychological and cognitive theory for my undergraduate thesis. Outside of an academic setting, I have used various MOOCs (MIT OpenCourseWare, EdX, etc) for psychology classes. From what I can gather online, my primary focus would be on either developmental and/or cognitive psychology as I want to focus on learning and memory, particularly within adolescents in schools and classrooms. Over the course of my research I have also found programs in Educational Psychology, but most of those appear to be through a school's Department of Education. As for my background, I have participated in Teach For America, as well as worked for a Education policy non-profit where I focused on data modeling and policy analysis. I want my career to focus on the intersection of education policy and the psychology of learning, ideally being able to use research to inform policy. This summer I am working for a highly respected research firm on healthcare policy. I am also well versed in big data tools and methods so quantitative psychology has some appeal. Is applying to a psych PhD program completely out of left field, at least from the perspective of an admissions counsel? Do MOOC courses count for anything when applying to a graduate program my undergraduate degree is not related to? Are cognitive and developmental psychology research degrees the right option for my career goals? Any advice would be grearty appreciated, I know what a great resource gradecafe can be for people with questions, like me! Thanks
  15. I was not accepted into any of the PhD programs that I applied to this past cycle and have now graduated from my undergrad. I began a new line of research, including developing a novel laboratory measure, over the past year and am working on trying to continue to pursue developing this model and measure (we had some very promising results!). My faculty mentor and I are planning to continue work on this over the next couple of years as I prepare to apply to programs again. This is at a liberal arts school, however, and there isn't any existing funding in the labs or department. My research over the last year was funded by an institutional grant that is only available to currently enrolled students and the line of research represents a substantial departure from any existing research programs at the school and my mentor's experience (I essentially created an entirely new research lab/program for my project). In order to do this, we need to find funding. Does anyone know of any grant opportunities for someone in my position (recent graduate, neither enrolled nor matriculating, trying to gain more experience and continue my research while re-applying to PhD programs)??? Pretty much everything that we are finding requires that one be currently enrolled in a program somewhere or at the post-doc level. I will also be continuing to TA for undergrad psychology classes this summer and through the next couple of years, but there aren't any funding opportunities for this within the department or institution. This is great experience and something that I really enjoy doing so I plan to do it even if unfunded, it would be great if I could find some way to fund myself doing this as I'm not really able to work at the same time and need to find some way to contribute to my household finances (especially since I'll have to begin repaying my student loans soon too). Does anyone have any knowledge of any funding opportunities for this? I'd appreciate any help/advice anyone can offer on where to look; funding opportunities for recent graduates that are neither currently enrolled as students, nor matriculating into a program seem to almost non-existent.
  16. Help! I have been accepted to both Teachers College Columbia (MA in Psychology in Education) and King's College London (MSc in Forensic Mental Health) and I have to decide which one to accept in the next few days. I'm Canadian, and will be attending either school as an international student. I have a small scholarship from TC and no funding offer from KCL yet. The two schools seem extremely comparable, unless I'm missing something - both schools are very expensive, and I'd be taking out a large loan either way. Both seem to have decent reputations in their native countries. Both are one-year programs. My goal is to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology, preferably in my native Canada or in the United States, and licence/practice in Canada. I've spent the last two years working as a youth worker at an inner city high school, and I'm interested in working in the same vein, in forensic psychology, or just generally working with marginalized populations, but I'm not quite sure of my exact career goals yet. I graduated in 2015 with an Honours BA in Psychology from a decent Canadian school (U of A) with a 3.7 GPA. I was rejected by every Canadian PhD program I applied to (ouch), and I'm looking to take a master's program to strengthen my application to those PhD programs. I just don't know which school to pick. So here's my thinking: King's seems to have a really solid reputation in England, forensic mental health is very relevant to my career goals and their program offers/requires a 75-day practicum at a prison or hospital. But I'm worried that a British school won't carry much weight when applying to a Canadian PhD programs, and I have no plans to work in Britain. The program is also very rigid with its course schedule, and doesn't seem to offer much opportunity to get involved in research. On the other hand, I think TC might carry a little more weight when applying within Canada or the USA, and the program seems to have opportunities for more research/field experience if you're proactive. They also offer a concentration in marginalized populations that seems really relevant to my career goals, and there's more flexibility in courses you can take. On a personal level, I'd rather live in NYC than London. But on the other hand, I've heard mixed things about TC; I know two people who went there (one for education, one for psychology) who both give it absolutely glowing reviews and are very successful in their careers, but I've also seen online reviews that say it's a diploma mill that isn't taken seriously, and that has me worried. I've been leaning toward TC, but online reviews have me worried. Is KCL more of a "real school" than TC? Is one of them going to strengthen my application more? Is there an obvious choice here? I don't have long to make my final decision, and I'm freaking out.
  17. Hi everyone, I've got a question. I'm currently studying psychology which was my academic entry choice because a year ago I still didn't know how I could monetize my interests in the human mind and behaviors. Recently I've been doing research on addiction therapy, and I came across this article: https://addictionresource.com/treatment/milieu-therapy/ and I got really interested because that seems like it could help people on a larger scale (I'm currently thinking- addict cities, a bit excessive I presume) than one-on-one therapy. It also touches other areas I'm really interested in - sociology, a bit of logistics. So here's the question: has anyone had any experience in this field, heard about this type of therapy (I believe it's different from what most rehab facilities propose), and possibly does anyone have a second degree proposition? Thanks!
  18. How do I find out about programs? and what they consist of? My question I've had since 10th grade is why do Republicans and Democrats think differently? ~How can one group of liberals ignore science when it comes to vaccines and critique conservatives for the whole climate change is a myth thing. ~How do these seemingly-neat categories come to be, ~What holds them together, ~How can we educate ourselves to stay as true to ourselves without falling for fallacies that effect the lives of SO many people outside of ourselves. Here's what i'm working with: Sociological honors research project on church member's (of a single church) beliefs 3.774 gpa after transfer at UCLA 3.8-3.9 at SMC (I had one F that I retook) readings, and hundred of hours of podcasts on the subjects of interest listened to 2 years ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) experience working with an autism spectrum population Here are my worries: I did my undergrad in Gender Studies and Sociology I'm missing basic psych classes I have not done research in 2 years I don't have a decent writing sample Haven't touched the GRE yet Advice? tips? Who can I talk to? Which schools should I be looking at? ~ Georgiy P.S. I would love a program that includes the core ABA classes, so I can do them the first two years getting a Master's and continue on with a PhD transferring the classes as part of the same program. Does this even exist?
  19. Hey! I'm a Canadian student looking at applying to American graduate programs for school psychology. In Canada, pretty much all grad schools calculate your GPA based on your last 60 credits. I was wondering if American grad schools were that way as well? Only a few websites specify and all the ones I've seen say that they do but I guess I was wondering if that was the standard. Thanks in advance!
  20. [serious question] hey everyone, i'm new to this forum! :] so not really sure how this works , btw is this forum completely anonymous? I'm in Canada by the way- currently in undergrad psychology- i definitely wanna do grad school one day in one of my undergrad essays, i noticed there was a single sentence in the essay that was missing a citation, perhaps the TA didn't catch it at that time or overlooked it as being a minor issue (was being merciful to me?) I wrote a very general statement about a social psychology theory that most social psychologists know about, but I didn't cite that sentence: The TA already marked the assignment, the course is over, and I have a final grade already on my transcript. I do not have any academic offence labelled on my transcript. I didn't use a citation for that sentence, because I thought I didn't have to cite things for basic/fundamental theories known to most social psychologists just as most physicists wouldn't really cite E= MC2 by Einstein. also at the time i wrote the essay, i was suffering from severe mental health issues, and anxiety, and depression, and lots of things like that, i didn't have the mental resources to fully reflect upon whether or not that one sentence would be considered common knowledge (no citation would be necessary in this case) or would be considered as uncommon knowledge (citation would be necessary in this case) Because i felt so guilty about this, I contacted the TA and asked the TA about whether i should have cited such a sentence. The TA said I was not in trouble, but the TA did tell me that I would have to cite such a sentence in the future so does that i mean I technically did commit plagiarism, but the TA overlooked it as being a minor issue and thus, did not bother to escalate this issue any further to higher authorities and did not bother to convict me of an academic offence? my dream is to attain my master's and PHD one day, and let's hypothetically say that i do end up getting my PHD one day I'm just worried years down the road, they'll look back to what I had submitted for the course, and realize that this sentence did not have a citation ->because of this one missing citation in undergrad, would all 3 of my degrees- bachelor's, master's, and PHD- be revoked? or would only my bachelor's degree be revoked but i would get to keep my master's and PHD? I haven't slept in days, and this is seriously eating away at me... some much needed wise advice or comments please? 1) so did i technically commit plagiarism, but the TA overlooked it as being a minor issue and thus did not bother to escalate this issue by reporting it to higher-up authorities (ex. Dean) and did not bother to convict me of a plagiarism offence? what's going on? i don't know what to think of this anymore... 2) if I do get a PHD in the future, would all 3 of my degrees- bacehlor's, master's, and PHD be revoked, because of this one missing citation in my undergrad essay (during my bachelor's)? Or would only my bachelor's degree be revoked but I would get to keep my master's and PHD?
  21. Hello fellow students, I just wanted to inquire if anyone has heard from Memorial University in regards to their Masters in Psychology application for Fall 2017 semester? More so, I was wondering how the acceptances/rejections work and if there is a waitlist? Will I receive an email acceptance/rejection or something in the mail? Just today my Application Status was changed from "Complete - Ready for Review" to "Decision Made" therefore, I emailed the Graduate Studies Office and waiting for reply. Though I still remain hopeful for an acceptance, it is pretty late to receive one. Compared to other programs, is this considered late to hear back? I really appreciate any feedback/opinions/questions/critique/insight/etc.! Thanks a lot in advance!
  22. How do I find out about programs? and what they consist of? My question I've had since 10th grade is why do Republicans and Democrats think differently? ~How can one group of liberals ignore science when it comes to vaccines and critique conservatives for the whole climate change is a myth thing. ~How do these seemingly-neat categories come to be, ~What holds them together, ~How can we educate ourselves to stay as true to ourselves without falling for fallacies that effect the lives of SO many people outside of ourselves. Here's what i'm working with: Sociological honors research project on church member's (of a single church) beliefs 3.774 gpa after transfer at UCLA 3.8-3.9 at SMC (I had one F that I retook) readings, and hundred of hours of podcasts on the subjects of interest listened to 2 years ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) experience working with an autism spectrum population Here are my worries: I did my undergrad in Gender Studies and Sociology I'm missing basic psych classes I have not done research in 2 years I don't have a decent writing sample Haven't touched the GRE yet Advice? tips? Who can I talk to? Which schools should I be looking at? ~ Georgiy P.S. I would love a program that includes the core ABA classes, so I can do them the first two years getting a Master's and continue on with a PhD transferring the classes as part of the same program.
  23. Okay, so I'm a first generation college student, trying really hard to wrap my head around grad school and my odds of being accepted. Background: I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education from a small, private liberal arts college. Graduated in 2014. Immediately after college, I joined Teach for America and spent two years in an inner-city school. After, I moved back to the western Chicago suburbs. I have since been teaching kindergarten at a not-for-profit child care center since June 2016. Here's the catch: I have decided I want to do research psychology. Psychology has always been a strong interest of mine, and my teaching experience has strengthened that. I am also a lover of science and research, but have no formal training in either. Limitations: Because of personal reasons, I must continue to live in the western Chicago suburbs. Because of financial reasons, I need a grad school where I can get an assistantship offering both a tuition waver and paid work. Because of financial limitations, I cannot take additional undergrad courses to beef up my prerequisites. I have zero college credit in statistics or research of any sort. My liberal arts college did not offer research opportunities. I only have one undergraduate psychology course, Child and Adolescent Development. Although I took two other courses that were technically in other departments, but the content was psychology. I took a class in Education called Theories of Learning, which was an educational psychology class, and a Natural Science class titled Mind and Matter, which was essentially a neuropsychology course. I've got a full-time 9-5 job that I am not willing to compromise until an assistantship can be attained. What I've got going for me: Teach for America Alum (that's supposed to be good on a resume, right?) 3.31 undergraduate GPA (something like 3.4 in the last 2 years) Excellent standardized test skills. I have not yet taken the GRE, but on my first practice round, I got 162 quantitative and 152 verbal. I imagine that with studying, I could raise that quite a bit. Trying to figure out by how much it needs raised. A five-course MOOC series specialization titled "Methods and Research in the Social Sciences" published by the University of Amsterdam. It is not for college credit and it is totally self-paced, but by the end of it I will have completed a little research project of my own, as well as be proficient in R. I have also used Khan Academy to teach myself statistics. Unfortunately, neither of these provide college credit. I don't know if there will be an opportunity to showcase my self-taught skills, or if it would even matter. Where I'm trying to get in: Northern Illinois University, Masters (to PhD) in either Developmental Psychology or Cognitive & Instructional Psychology Admissions requirements according to the Developmental Psychology Program Website: "For strongest consideration for admittance candidates typically: Should complete and send in your application by February 1. Early application is strongly encouraged. Have a B.A. or B.S. in psychology, although other related majors may be considered Have earned a strong undergraduate GPA; typically above 3.30 Have strong GRE scores; typically over 1000 (Verbal + Quantitative) Have strong letters of recommendation Have relevant research experience Note that the Department of Psychology admits only full-time students." University of Illinois at Chicago, (MA to PhD) in Cognitive Psychology According to the website: Admission Requirements The department accepts only applicants who wish to be candidates for the PhD. Applicants are not admitted as candidates for the MA as a terminal degree. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements: Baccalaureate Field No restrictions. Prior academic work must include course work in psychology and statistics. It is preferred that students have laboratory course work in experimental psychology and physical and/or biological sciences. Grade Point Average At least 3.20/4.00 for the last 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate work. Tests Required GRE General. GRE Subject Test in Psychology is recommended, but not required. While applicants may have had their official GRE scores mailed to UIC from ETS, the application requires an uploaded copy of the unofficial GRE score report from ETS. Letters of Recommendation Three required from those who are familiar with the applicant’s training and ability. Information concerning an applicant’s research experience and ability is especially pertinent. Personal Statement Required. This should include information about how the applicant has prepared for graduate school in Psychology, research experience and interests, what the applicant would like to do as a research psychologist, and who the applicant would like to work with as a faculty advisor. There is no minimum or maximum length for the personal statement. __________________________________________________________________________ So I guess my question is where do I go from here?
  24. Hi, all. I'm coming to you all in hopes of getting a few words of advice. I recently graduated with a Bachelor's in Sociology, minoring in Psychology. I'm 24 and it's time for me to make some serious decisions about graduate school. My "dream job" changed a few times over the course of the five years it took me to graduate but each of those jobs were in the same ball park. To make a long story short, those dreams of putting my degree to use as a Case Manger have sort of slipped into the past for one reason or another. Now, a degree in Sociology is almost useless without a lot of experience interning, job shadowing, etc.. Rather than going back to school to work toward a Master's degree in a related field I am considering switching routes and pursuing a career in Journalism. Has anyone switched from the social sciences to journalism? Have you had success? Would anyone recommend making this change?
  25. California State University San Marcos Scale Validation Survey II (IRB Code Number: 893513-1) A self-report questionnaire is being developed for people with various psychiatric diagnoses. This study aims to examine if this questionnaire is measuring the phenomenon of interest. We hope that our research will lead to further research and potential clinical applications. You must have a formal psychiatric diagnosis, be fluent in English, and be at least 18 years of age to participate. This study is open to US and non-US residents. You are not eligible to participate if you participated in our recent interview and survey studies. This survey takes approximately 15 to 25 minutes to complete. To participate in this online research study, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FBBPVB6 To learn more about this research study, please contact the researcher, Stephanie Price (price049@cougars.csusm.edu), or the advisor, Dr. Heike Mahler (hmahler@csusm.edu).