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  1. Missing data is not uncommon on NASP's program information page. Though they didn't report how many students were accepted (the students they gave offers to), you know 13 first-year students accepted their offer and chose to attend. The odds are still better than the other schools you're applying to.
  2. I agree that research skills are transferrable and as long as you get something out of either options (posters/publications), it will fill the gap in your application. Another aspect you would like to look into is whether you have strong LORs. Going to 3 different schools may have impacted your connections with faculty who can write strong LORs that can speak about your strengths in a personal and professional way. A master's program would definitely give you access to more faculty while a research job tends to help more in terms of research productivity. I wouldn't worry too much about GPA as
  3. The current accreditation process allows programs to be accredited, on contingency, before the first cohort of students graduate. This status is typically given within the first year after the first cohort has been admitted (i.e. probably sometime in 2021/2022). The program can only be fully accredited after the first cohort graduated, but graduating from an accredited, on contingency program means you graduate from an accredited program. There is always a risk but it is pretty low given UC Irvine's reputation and resources so I wouldn't worry about it. One aspect that a new program struggles
  4. I completed a master's conversion program but not in the UK as a non-psych major. I would recommend that you plan backwards by researching counseling psych PhD programs you are interested in. AFAIK some counseling psych programs prefer/require applicants who have done a master's with counseling courses, which are not covered in a conversion. This may guide your decision in whether a conversion program suits you best or if you need to do additional coursework to fulfill those pre-requisite course requirements. It is also important to try and get a poster done or your work there published a
  5. They have really big cohorts and there are only some funding opportunities. Avoid if you want to get into a fully funded program.
  6. I am sorry about your dad's passing. It must be difficult to navigate the process by yourself when you were going to have help. Your goal appears more aligned with the roles of school psychologists who conduct psychoeducational testing and often coordinate accommodations in schools. Psychometricians are used in other contexts (e.g., administering tests under the supervision of neuropsychologists) and may not require an advanced degree, depending on their functions. You can find more information about what a school psychologist does and school psych program information at the National Ass
  7. I know of a clinician who completed a PhD in philosophy and then a PhD in clinical psychology, but it was a huge commitment in terms of time. You are right about considering other less costly/time-consuming options (e.g., MFT, MHC, and I will add social work) to become a therapist. Based on the settings you want to work in, and if your primary goal is to provide therapy, becoming a master's-level therapist may not be a bad idea. A PhD in clinical psychology is probably only necessary if you are in very specialized sub-disciplines (e.g., neuropsych assessment). Having said that, if you hav
  8. As mentioned above, you can state your external funding at different stages of the application. If you reach out to potential PIs before applying, you can mention that in your interaction and see if there are different procedures. Admission policies vary; some admissions are entirely program decisions while in some other programs individual PIs may have more say in that. Alternatively, would you consider programs in the UK or Australia? Even at top universities, funding can be scarce so they provide more flexibility to PhD students. Some may not require coursework to begin with (expected
  9. It's unclear whether she does not have sufficient subject knowledge or advisory skills. Giving good feedback is something that needs training, which may not be something she was exposed to. There are definitely professors who can get by through collaboration with others without contributing much. If she's this laid back, you may need to push her and send her reminders from time to time. My advisor is terrible at keeping up with emails too so I just need to check in with them if they don't respond after a period of time. It can be frustrating. My cohort members joked about how I have been
  10. I'm sorry this is happening to you, but it seems that you've already identified different directions you can go about it. And what decision you make is pretty much based on what you prioritize. My first suggestion would be to find out more about what happened with the senior student who left your supervisor. Culture within a department varies but it is not uncommon for someone to switch advisors. Just that some students may be worried about possible repercussions. Although you can choose your dissertation committee, you may not be able to choose who assesses you for comps for example. Fin
  11. Second this. I had a colleague who entered a Psy.D. program and realized it wasn't a good fit after a year. They left the Psy.D. and did an MSW instead so she can focus on therapy.
  12. That's a tough decision to make and it comes down to what is more important to you and what your career goals are. Feel free to PM the school names/PIs and see if I can provide more specific information. I wouldn't place as much emphasis on licensure outcomes because school psych PhD students may not necessarily pursue licensure as a psychologist and instead apply to become an NCSP only. Some programs also tend to focus on training researchers who have no interest in pursuing licensure (although increasingly faculty positions require/recommend licensure). You may also want to consid
  13. Short answer: both are important. I don't know about the actual article, but based on my familiarity with how faculty are hired at my department, both program prestige and university prestige are considered by different people. The faculty within the department focus on applicants' supervisors (whether they are people our faculty know of and how well our faculty know them) and publications. However, as hiring has to go through the college, the dean has the final say on who should be interviewed or hired. One applicant did not get an offer despite recommendation from the department because they
  14. The NASP website is your best bet. The school psychology program information page provides information about individual programs including number of applicants, PRAXIS results, student outcome data etc. As the profession is expanding, it is quite difficult for a graduate not to be able to find a job so as long as student outcome data look good and the program is NASP-approved, you can just go ahead. PRAXIS results are not reliable because it is so easy that people don't care much about it. Unless they are originally from another state, most graduates have chosen to work within the state where
  15. I agree with all other posters on why you didn't get in. Being an international student is a major issue given the budget cuts. Canadian schools are not so good in terms of funding but U.S. private schools are extremely competitive. If you are really interested in research, you can try PhD in psychology programs with a mental health research focus. Those will be less competitive but won't enable you to get licensed. Another thing you may want to consider is whether you want to stay in the U.S./Canada or go back to your home country after graduation as tenure-track positions everywhere are diff
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