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  1. Hey all, I'm basically looking for input and advice on my current situation: I was accepted to The Wright Institute's PsyD program and I'm really excited about it. I know the most about their program as compared to other schools I applied to and love their practicum opportunities and the vibe of the school. I also like that I'd be getting a doctoral degree. However, I've been living in the bay area for a while and a big part of me really wants to get the heck out of here. I've generally been really unhappy in this location and feel ready for change. I was rejected from Yeshiva University's PsyD program in New York, but just got accepted to their M.A program in Mental Health Counseling and I have to say it's tempting for a few reasons - 1) It's a university, not professional institute, 2) the program is a bit shorter and I believe a bit more affordable, and 3) the location!!! All the same, I wouldn't want to regret not going for the PsyD for kind of shallow reasons. What do you all think? Any insight especially on what an M.A in New York can do for you vs. a PsyD from anywhere...not as familiar with the job market in NYC. Thanks!
  2. Hi All, I know its super early but I figured starting a discussion on the next Psychology PhD cycle during Fall 2016. I will start applying to the programs during late August 2016. I'm really nervous but I rather work hard to enhance my overall CV and application.- I am currently working on a lot of research and I have 2 poster conferences coming up within a month. I will be doing my Masters thesis during the Fall. I graduated with a overall 3.0 (undergrad) - last two semesters were 3.7. I have internship experience working as a case manager for abused women. I worked with kids with autism and adhd. I have research experience from undergrad where i was third author and i mainly did data collection/entry. This summer I will do more research and be a counselor for a trauma center. My areas of interest are adolescence psychopathology and crime, drugs, etc. I'd love to study forensic psychology though because I also would like to study domestic violence amongst across cultures. I'm applying to Fairleigh dickinson, LIU POST/Brooklyn (both), Adelphi, John Jay, Seton Hall, St. Johns, Rutgers, Yeshiva & Hofstra. Its a long list also I'm taking the GRE in 2 months, My goal is to get a 155Q 160V- 5A. Any other tips besides looking for fit? What are my overall chances
  3. Hi everyone, I am new to this whole blog and website and just really need some solid advice. I am applying to Nova Southeastern University for the Psy.D. program with a few other Master's as a back-up. I am pretty much discouraged to even finish my application at this point because I took the GRE (for the 3rd time) and got a combined score of 293. (Verbal-150, Quant: 143, AW: 4.0) I know this is a low score and is not competitive enough. I was hoping some other aspects of my application would come in and save me from the rejection pile. They have a strong "preference" for a GRE score of 297 or above. A little info on myself: -3.72 GPA -Over 3 years of research experience. Started as an Undergraduate RA, was hired as the assessment specialist for my lab and am now the research coordinator for the new grant. -I was a counselor for an intensive 8-week intervention program for children who were obese and at risk for comorbid disorders such as depression, anxiety etc. This totaled out to over 340 hours of clinical work. -3 very strong letters of recommendation I appreciate honesty and any advice you have to offer. I am retaking the GRE in December one last time, but I fear there won't be a huge change in my score.
  4. Hello everyone! My GRE test is May 20th. I picked up the ETS GRE book of their website and I purchased an analytical writing online tool. How should I go about studying? I have a full time job so I wanted to know exactly how many hours a week should I be putting in? I want to organize myself and build a structured schedule to follow.
  5. Hey all, Is anyone else who applied to Yeshiva University's PsyD having an issue where the PSYCAS application still has your application marked as incomplete? For me, everything is complete but it says they are still waiting on my official undergrad transcript. However, I sent my transcript a while ago and the admissions office, when I called, even confirmed that they had it but said it wouldn't update on the psycas application website right away. It's been over a month now though, and since other people have received interview requests I'm worried something was processed incorrectly. So I'm wondering if this is normal and also happening to those of you who received an interview or admission? Thank you!
  6. Wondering if anyone else here applied to PsyD programs? If so, let's post where we applied and any updates! School: The Wright Institute Program: PsyD Status: Received invitation for interview last week. I have my interview on Saturday. School: Yeshiva University Program: PsyD Status: Submitted my application but haven't heard anything. Nervous since they said they would extend interview invites in January. School: Trinity College Dublin Program: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Status: Still figuring out if I am going to apply. Nervous about the work visa issue so not sure if it's worth applying. Any thoughts?
  7. Hello, I have scheduled interviews in January and February at numerous Clinical Psychology PsyD programs around the country (Baylor, JFKU, Marshall, IUP, etc). My question is whether or not I should be clean shaven for the interviews. I have a full and well manicured beard. It is always well kept, trimmed, and groomed and I have always received many compliments on my beard. I have gotten mixed reviews when asking professors and professionals about what to do with my facial hair situation. Some say to play it safe and shave it off and some say that it would be something that could potentially make me more memorable. Any thoughts and opinions would be appreciated!
  8. I'm wondering just how competitive is Rutgers PsyD program? And admitted or current students here on the forum that can shed some light on the process please? It's definitely my dream school to enter but I want to strategize myself effectively and plan ahead. Would love any opinions, thanks!
  9. I'm applying for the first time this application cycle for Fall 2017 Clinical Psychology programs PhD and PsyD. I know the two programs are different and I'm more interested in the practitioner side although, I have some research experience and I am interested in doing more. Do you need to email POI's for a PsyD the way that you need to for PhD in Psychology? I've heard that PsyD programs match applicants more to their program than a specific faculty member. Any suggestions or experience would be helpful! Thanks!
  10. I'm applying for the first time this application cycle for Fall 2017 Clinical Psychology programs PhD and PsyD. I know the two programs are different and I'm more interested in the practitioner side although, I have some research experience and I am interested in doing more. Do you need to email POI's for a PsyD the way that you need to for PhD in Psychology? I've heard that PsyD programs match applicants more to their program than a specific faculty member. Any suggestions or experience would be helpful! Thanks!
  11. So, I am currently in a specialist level program in school psychology (69 hours, SSP | MA/CAGS level). When I went into the program, I was uncertain about ever getting my doctoral degree, for various reasons, so I decided to go into the specialist level. Now, I am more sure of what I want. My ultimate goal is to go back to school after this program and get my doctorate in psychology (PhD/PsyD). I am hoping to get it in either school psychology or counseling psychology. I am leaning heavily toward school psychology, obviously. So, my question is, how many of you guys have gone this route (getting the specialist or masters degree first and then going on to a PhD in school psych)? Do you have any advice for someone looking to go this route? I have seen / spoken to a few programs (such as UNC-Chapel Hill, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, St. John's University, and a few others) where they have said that having the specialist degree will give me advanced standing and I will be able to complete the program in a shorter amount of time. The program at UNC-Chapel Hill is designed for students who already have the specialist degree, so it is a shorter program to begin with. Do you guys know of other schools like this? Any help is appreciated.
  12. Hello, My name is Greg and I'm currently an undergrad at UC Irvine working towards a BA in Psychology and Social Behavior. I'm an older student, 33 years old and am taking my life in a new direction, inspired by numerous things to do so including that I'm a recovering alcoholic. I'm also going to school at a community college that I transferred from working on a second AA in an Alcohol and Drug Studies program so that I can work as a counselor part time while going to school, and to gain experience. Mental health and substance abuse are the areas that most interest me and I wish to devote a good portion of my work in the future in those arenas. So that's a little about me and where I am at now, and I could really use some advice, and just some input on my options for the future and how to best be prepared for it. I'm looking at schools in the Los Angeles/Orange County area where I can pursue a graduate degree, and hopefully for as low a cost as possible. I'm having a hard time settling on what go for in grad school be it a MSW, a PsyD or maybe a PhD. I have no interest in teaching, and I don't have much experience with research yet but it doesn't sound like something I want to spend any more time doing than I need to. I will of course research and participate in continuing my education in the future as is needed or for personal interest, but I don't want a career based around it. The only reason I'm considering a PhD is that UCs are great schools and lower in cost, offer assistance and sometimes a stipend. A PsyD is probably more down my alley, but the only schools that offer those degrees are private and tend to be very costly. Psychology as a subject to study overall has been soo interesting and I love the subject matter, and learning about how to conduct therapy based on various theories and methods is very intriguing to me. So my concern is that I may miss out on some of this if I go for the MSW. The MSW is offered at more schools that are low cost, like UCs and CSUs, however it's a slightly different set of skills from what I understand. What I like about the MSW is flexibility in what I can do with it, and that I could work in private practice or a clinical setting as soon as I'm licensed or in California what is known as an LCSW. Originally I was looking at LMFT because I had worked with them at a treatment center I worked at, I really liked the work they did, however I understand that LCSWs are hired for the same thing as being a therapist for clients. I have no interest in working with couples, it's not why I'm doing all this and it just doesn't really illicit a sense of purpose for me. So, I like the MSW option, the flexibility, possibly lower cost, and slightly higher incomes that are reported with that degree. About incomes, this isn't all about money for me at all, however since I'm an older person who is basically just starting working where I'm earning any kind of substantial income for the first time in his life, I wont have as much time to accrue retirement savings etc that I would have had if I had gotten sober at say 22 years old. So I know that as a licensed psychologist I could make a pretty substantial income in my area of California, and this would put me back into the focus of my education being in psychology. I'm wondering how hard it is to get into a public grad school in my area for a clinical psychology PsyD or PhD, just what is really expected? It's one thing what they put on the website for requirements, it's another what a competitive applicant who gets accepted has going on. Same for the MSW programs, I need to know what I should be doing to be an optimal applicant for these schools so that I can get in. I'd like to be prepared so that I could apply to at least PsyD and MSW programs so that I have as many options at the end as possible. Are there any private grad schools I should be looking at that you recommend which are affordable for PsyD programs ? I've got my eye on a few including Alliant What do you guys know about the MSW programs at UCLA, CSULB, CSUF, CSULA or PhD programs in clinical psychology at UCLA, UCR, or maybe schools I have not mentioned ? What do you think you would pursue, the MSW or the PsyD, would you go for a PhD ? I know this one really is up to the individual and we are all different, but just want your opinions on the career outlook and just your thoughts in general about what you consider the best option. Thank you !
  13. I am considering offers of admission from both schools and am having some trouble narrowing it down. Does anyone have any additional insight on things to consider? Both schools are similar on paper in terms of match rates/EPPP pass rates. As I will be coming in with an MA, Spalding has 4+1 option (4 years classes + 1 year internship), and Wright State has a 3+1 option that is not recommended, so I will likely be looking at 4+1 regardless of which school I attend. Location is not really an issue for me. I simply want to do the best thing in terms of education... Similarly, both programs appear to be a good fit for me personally, and in terms of research interests/area of emphasis. Here's what I am considering with both schools: Spalding PsyD (2014-2015 outcome) EPPP pass rate: 64% (roughly) Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 86% Licensure Rate: 89% Profs seem to have a more genuine interest in success of their students Wright State PsyD (2014-2015 outcome) EPPP Pass Rate: 79% (roughly) Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 82.43% Licensure Rate: 86% Out of state tuition will be rough for the first year Wright State seems to produce consistently higher APA/CPA accred. internship rates over the years (69%-88% - typically in the high 80's/just below 90's range), while Spalding seems to bounce around from 67%-86% throughout the years. Wright State also seems a bit disorganized and has not been great about responding to questions throughout the application process, although I don't know if that should reflect on the program itself, necessarily. Students at both schools appeared satisfied (i.e., not burnt out) but I noticed students spoke more highly of Spalding, overall. Both programs have a price tag in the 90k-96k range, but Spalding offers significantly better funding. Does anyone have any personal experience/insight with these schools? Are there other things I should be considering?
  14. Hi! I have recently been accepted into the PsyD Fall 2016 class at the University at Hartford! Anyone else who has been accepted here/is waitlisted here please comment! I'm looking to meet people who will be in my class!
  15. Hey All, Its March and I plan on applying to PhD psychology programs this upcoming Fall 2016. I really want to enhance my overall application and just stand out from the average student. I want to take the forensic track. Schools Im applying to Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Post, LIU Brooklyn( I go here for MA), John Jay, Adelphi, Seton Hall, UCONN, St Johns U, Rutgers, Yeshiva. heres a bit about myself for advice/tips. What are my chances?? Anyone who attends any of these can you tell me more BS in Psychology - CUM Laude 3.5 -Research Associate in undergrad - 1 year -Currently in a Masters of Psychology program- GPA- 3.7 - I also will be taking the Thesis track -Currently a Research assistant at Pace University (1 year)- Working on getting published work -Case management intern for Domestic Abuse -Counselor for special needs camp - Psi Chi & National Honor Society of Collegiate Scholars - 4 Poster Presentations ---- Side note- I will be taking my GRE's in August and am taking classes and studying vigorously for that && doing more volunteer during the summer.
  16. After receiving a MA that put me in significant debt, I have entered my first application cycle and I am not feeling optimistic. I applied to 6 schools and got 3 interviews. I was wait listed after 1 interview and have 2 interviews left to go. I can't help but think to backup plans because I just don't feel competitive enough for a psyD. My options are also significantly limited by cost. Nonetheless, I am not even halfway through the application cycle and I am feeling discouraged. My research background is not particularly strong, neither are my GRE scores. I've looked through many of the previous threads here but feel more confused than ever. Im still new to all of this, but...Am I out of my league? My questions are: is it common for people to apply multiple years in a row for programs? / is it worth it? is it common to get off the wait list? / if I don't, should I reapply next year? are there viable backup options for working in the clinical field with just a masters?
  17. Okay, so I was browsing the net and found this : http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2013/01/debt.aspx You can go through the article but the statistics shocked me. " APA's latest survey of doctoral graduates, completed in 2011, revealed that more than two-thirds of all students took out loans during their education, with the median amount of debt ranging from $30,000 for psychology research PhDs to $80,000 for students in health service professions. PsyD students graduate with a median debt of $120,000." I know it's 2011 figures but I find this ridiculous. Not one psychologist I know starting out earns the buckets of money that is needed to repay these loans off quickly and efficiently. Some corporate law and med students are in similar situations but their salaries are way higher after graduation than psychologists. It made me doubt whether I am willing to take up such a huge financial burden. What is your opinion on the debt accumulated by PhD Psych students? Any experiences to share?
  18. I will be attending University of denver psyd program in the fall. Looking for others in my cohort or others attending the school!
  19. I am in the process of applying to PsyD programs in school psychology, and I’m really worried about my chances. Looking through forums, I see that a lot of people have much more research and clinical experience than I do, and better grades overall. I have a 3.63 overall GPA from a good university, my Psychology GPA is around a 3.83. I just took the new gre, I did not get my scores back yet but the range I got was V – 670-770, and Q – 520-620 (not great). I volunteered for a research team involved in looking at parenting strengths within low-income communities where I was a teacher’s aid in a head start program and participated in giving standardized assessments. I also worked at a hospital as a pediatric child care volunteer (I don’t know if this counts as clinical experience. My responsibilities were to basically just interact with pediatric cancer patients and their parents while they are awaiting outpatient treatment). I also was an America reads tutor for several months. Ever since I graduated a year and a half ago, I’ve been working at a marketing research firm as a project director – would this benefit me in terms of any research experience that a PsyD would be looking for? Overall, what do you think of my chances? I don’t know if I should volunteer for a crisis hotline before I apply in January, maybe that will help? Thanks in advance for your advice!
  20. I am in the process of applying to PsyD programs in school psychology, and I’m really worried about my chances. Looking through forums, I see that a lot of people have much more research and clinical experience than I do, and better grades overall. I have a 3.63 overall GPA from a good university, my Psychology GPA is around a 3.83. I just took the new gre, I did not get my scores back yet but the range I got was V – 670-770, and Q – 520-620 (not great). I volunteered for a research team involved in looking at parenting strengths within low-income communities where I was a teacher’s aid in a head start program and participated in giving standardized assessments. I also worked at a hospital as a pediatric child care volunteer (I don’t know if this counts as clinical experience. My responsibilities were to basically just interact with pediatric cancer patients and their parents while they are awaiting outpatient treatment). I also was an America reads tutor for several months. Ever since I graduated a year and a half ago, I’ve been working at a marketing research firm as a project director – would this benefit me in terms of any research experience that a PsyD would be looking for? Overall, what do you think of my chances? I don’t know if I should volunteer for a crisis hotline before I apply in January, maybe that will help? Thanks in advance for your advice! UPDATE: sorry i posted this in the wrong place