JoePianist

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    Ph.D Clinical Psychology

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  1. Similar to others have posted, I got admitted into my first-choice Ph.D Clinical Psychology program that provides full tuition funding and stipends with a 151 Q, 156 V, and 4.5 AW on the GRE, plus similar GPA and research experience as you. I was also invited to an interview at Wayne's State Ph.D Clinical Psychology program with those stats back in 2016 too!
  2. Recommendation advice

    Honestly, there's your answer, man. If this professor isn't willing to provide a straight-forward response, take it as a red flag and move on. It would be best to provide letters of recommendation from people who are essentially your "cheerleaders" with clear positive praise for you, even if they're not exactly affiliated with your research interests. Plus, you have to consider that the professors' own reputations are at stake when he/she endorses a student with a letter of recommendation. Frankly, it sounds like this professor isn't sounding confident enough in providing an all-around positive endorsement.
  3. Celebrity deification

    Ok.
  4. Grad School Freakout Time

    Man, you don't have much to worry about I suggest putting your time and energy more towards researching Ph.D Clinical Psychology programs that offer training in the specialty you want to focus (e.g., I assume you're leaning more towards Neuropsychology-related topics). And more importantly, look up professors in the programs you want to apply for and see which ones do work in the lines of research you want to do. Email those professors by writing a brief introduction of yourself and perhaps attach your current C.V or resume. If the professor responds and shows clear, strong interest in you, then definitely make sure to put them at the top of your list for programs to apply for. Many applicants underestimate the importance of networking with the faculty at these programs: you'll need to approach the process like you're applying for a job and stand out as someone familiar the hiring committee will recognize during the selection process.
  5. How much research experience should I have?

    Hi @glassesgirl, I was actually in a similar boat as you: I had graduated with a Bachelor's in Psychology and Pre-Physical Therapy and was planning to attend a doctoral program for Physical Therapy. But during my last semester of undergrad, I realized that I was more interested in the psychological & social factors affecting physical health instead of the biomechanics of the human body. After talking with career advisors and trusted psychology professors, I felt that pursuing a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology was a better fit for me. Unfortunately, I hadn't accumulated any research experience in a psychology lab to be a competitive candidate for Ph.D Clinical Psychology programs, and it was extremely difficult for me finding a psychology lab after graduating that had enough spots open for volunteers. But fortunately, I managed to get a job as a full-time research assistant in a health psychology study thanks to a referral from a previous psychology professor I had. My research advisor/boss in that lab was very supportive and well-known in her field of research, which helped me get admitted into a Ph.D Clinical Psychology program after working there for 1 year. Ideally in most cases, as 8BitJourney mentioned, I typically hear that 2 years of involved research experience is a safe number. If you're fortunate to find a lab with a supportive research advisor who's willing to help you with the admissions process, that's even better. When you do apply for these labs, I suggest reaching out to the lab PI (Private Investigator) by email, briefly introduce yourself, and mention your goal of applying for a Ph.D Clinical Psychology program. Ask if they can provide opportunities to strengthen your application; some might be willing to have you assist in writing abstracts or articles as a secondary author, which will also look very good on your application for these competitive programs. Good luck, and feel free to reach out by private message too!
  6. Opinions wanted

    I'll PM you the program I'm attending!
  7. Opinions wanted

    I had a 151 Q, 156 V, and a 4.5 on AW, and I was able to get in my program of choice with full funding for all 5 years including tuition and $22K yearly stipends from assistantship. My program isn't at an Ivy League or somewhere like UCLA, but it's a well-respected program with solid training. When applying for doctorate Clinical Psychology programs, my research advisor in a Clinical Psychology lab at the time said that my GRE stats were good enough Granted, standardized exams aren't my strength and I was able to offset this weakness with my Calculus I, II, and III courses I did well in as an undergrad.
  8. Opinions wanted

    Don't be afraid to use whatever connections you have, because as @MarineBluePsy said, doctorate Clinical Psychology programs are very competitive to get admitted into. As for myself, working with a well-respected Clinical Psychology professor who was willing to help me with applications opened more opportunities for me. Specific research areas, such as Chronic Pain or ASD, are tight-knight scientific communities where many professors know each other. If you can get at least a 150+ on the Quantitative and Qualitative section each on the GRE, plus at least a 4.0 on the Analytic Writing section, I think you should be a competitive applicant considering your research experience. Programs like Yale or UCLA are nearly-impossible long shots for most applicants (these programs receive like 500+ applications a year), but there are plenty of other high-quality doctorate programs that receive less attention that would be worthwhile looking into.
  9. Hunting for Programs

    Your research interest sounds like it fits more in a Political Science or Sociology field, rather than Psyschology.
  10. Switch from OT to PSYD? Need Advice

    I honestly think your work as an OT can be used as a strength in your applications to doctorate Clinical Psychology programs, if you're smart in how you "market" yourself. I think that choosing a Clinical Psychology program that focuses on medical populations will be especially beneficial for you, given your extensive work as an OT. Some good examples of such programs are UAB (the University of Alabama at Birmingham), East Carolina University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Virginia Commonwealth University. It's also important to choose a specific research interest that matches one or two professors in these programs. For doctorate Clinical Psychology applications, it's more about applying for a specific professor to work in their lab, rather than applying for the program itself. Of course, you need to be mindful to apply to programs whose philosophical orientation meets your career goals. Programs range from focusing on almost exclusively with "clinical/counseling" training to solely hardcore scientific research. The program's application website spells out what their training focus is. About your question with APA-accredited internships, it basically makes you a more competitive job candidate and opens many doors for better opportunities. In relation, you also want to choose to apply for APA-accredited doctorate Clinical Psychology programs too in order to get the best possible training and preparation for actual licensure Hope this helps!
  11. Switch from OT to PSYD? Need Advice

    Hi CGrapids, I've met some "untraditional" doctorate Clinical Psychology students who started pursuing psychology in their late-30s and early-40s after switching careers, so you're not in bad company. It's doable, and I believe there are transferable knowledge and skills from OT that complements Clinical Psychology quite well depending on your clinical/research interests
  12. I'm in. Now what? (PhD Experimental/Social Psychology)

    Yeah, do anything that's NOT related to school or psychology. Play video games. Travel overseas. Enjoy your last summer break, ever
  13. Publications / Poster Advice

    Unless you're aiming for extremely, extremely competitive programs like UCLA or Harvard, you're not expected to have publications under your belt when applying for doctoate Clinical Psychology programs. Rather, I'd recommend you to focus more on working in a Psychology research lab as a paid employee and networking with faculty and graduate students in psychology labs and at research conferences related to your specific interests
  14. GPA in PsyD Program

    I mean, anything below a "B" in a class at an upper-tier Psychology graduate program is considered as failing the course. A 3.0 GPA average is fine as long as you haven't completely bombed any classes
  15. Fall 2017 Clinical Psychology Applicants

    I don't agree with the moderator's actions or explanation myself, and I feel that @byn was the scapegoat in all this.