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  1. This is not necessarily true - it depends on your state. I'm going to assume based on your schools in your signature that you're in New York, one state where it is absolutely true that LMHCs are a terrible choice, and LCSWs have all the power. California, however, gives all the power to the MFTs and LMHC/LPC wasn't even a license choice until 2009!
  2. dancedementia

    How much research is enough research?!?!

    Thanks for this - and I mean it. Having a stranger on the internet give good advice is rarer than it sounds. I am really, really bad about hiding behind my imposter syndrome. I'm actually terrified that it will come out during interviews and I'll essentially shoot myself in the foot. I might have to take a taste of my own medicine and get some counseling to help work through this so I'm not a ball of anxiety throughout the interview process.
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Thanks for sharing this! It definitely gives me hope (and also confirms my interests in ED research). I also really appreciate you breaking down your research/match schools as it gives me some sense of where to target my apps. Who is your prof/POI at Yeshiva? I wouldn't paint it so black and white. UHCL has good reputation in the area (and many of the other programs - MFT, etc.) are accredited. They will be applying for APA probably this or next year, and I expect that by the time a student is up for internship match, the program will probably be accredited. I was considering the UHCL program for a while before I decided I really didn't want to stay in Texas. KCUMB is another unaccredited program that seems like it will pass accreditation fairly easily, and I'm considering it as one of my safeties. @liznlex: if you're okay with taking a chance on programs in the initial stages of accreditation, here's a list: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/programs/initial-accred.aspx
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    This is hilarious - I'm currently living in Texas (my home state) but desperately want to get back to Boston (where I did my undergrad). We should just switch ?
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    GRE Psychology Subject Test_Prep Group

    Are you studying for the April or the Sept/Oct exams?
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    It's almost over...lessons learned 2018

    How were you tastefully able to include your ED experience in your statement? I have a similar background (it's the reason I got into psychology and I want to do research in the area) but I don't want it to come across as if I don't have an identity beyond "recovered anorexic" .___.
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    Fun Post: Best and Craziest Backup Plans

    A "crazy" proposition that I actually heavily considered several years ago: Spend a year traveling around East Asia, taking class at all the top dance schools, auditioning to become a K-pop or J-pop star and/or backup dancer, and generally honing my dance skills. As you can see, that didn't pan out too well. Another backup plan I had for a while was to enlist in the military...........
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    I'm so intimidated by my advisor.

    I know she means well. I know she came from Russia, where a more blunt approach and sharp tone is common (I had a Russian piano teacher growing up, maybe it's unresolved trauma haha). I know she just wants me to succeed. But damn, it sucks that every time I walk into her office to go over progress, she essentially invalidates everything that I've done. I know I'm not making sufficient progress on my thesis, but dammit I'm trying. I didn't have research experience coming into the program, nor did I major in psychology, so a lot of concepts are still new to me (effect size? what's that?) I came in today with a proposal revision I was so proud of and I feel like she ripped it to shreds in front of my eyes. It's causing me a great deal of anxiety but I don't know how to bring it up with her, because she has very legitimate points and I know I suck. I guess I'm just feeling intimidated and ashamed that I'm not doing better. Sorry, just needed to rant
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    I'm so intimidated by my advisor.

    I worked in corporate getting torn to shreds before academia and never batted an eye (investment banking... literally had books thrown in my face before). For some reason it was a lot easier to shrug and say, "Ah, that's how it is" when I was dealing with a bunch of fratty men. But for some reason there's something about my advisor that rubs me the wrong way I appreciate the rest of your post though. I like your bit about trying to reframe it into a more positive light. Ironic, as I tell my clinical patients to do that all the livelong day and I can barely do it myself haha!
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    What screenshot app do you use?

    Skitch. They discontinued the app a couple years ago but you can still find downloads for it on the Internet.
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    Impostor syndrome is setting in hard...

    I'm applying to both clinical and counseling psychology programs (I chose programs based on my research interest). While I have generally good stats and broad experience, I don't think my research is going to be strong enough... Undergrad GPA: 3.0 (first bachelor's in economics), 4.0 (second bachelor's in psychology) Masters GPA: 4.0 (counseling) and 4.0 (experimental psychology) (I did a dual-degree masters program so I could get both clinical and research experience!) GRE: 165/165/5.0 Research experience: 3 years behavioral economics 1 year vocational psychology 2 years clinical psychology (multiple labs) 5 (maybe more coming) poster presentations at national conferences (APA, etc.) No pubs. I'm trying so damn hard but sometimes it's luck of the draw (e.g. had 1 manuscript rejected just last month) 2 masters theses (I'm hoping to revise and publish but definitely won't happen before applications) Clinical experience: Community clinic (for lower SES population) University counseling center Eating disorders clinic Other things to consider: Research interest = disordered eating and exercise, particularly among athletes Theoretical orientation = psychodynamic I worked full time through my two masters degrees. Would not recommend doing this x____x;; I am not at a research institution and because of geography, cannot collaborate with a research institution (literally, there isn't one within 25 miles of me...) Therefore, publishing ability is few and far between. I'm applying widely to both "top tier" schools (e.g. UNC-Chapel Hill) and also more "match" schools (e.g. Kansas University) Dream school = University of North Texas <3 I'm applying for Fall 2019, not Fall 2018, so I essentially have a year left to improve my application as much as possible. Any thoughts? I feel like my first undergrad GPA is going to be a thorn in my side, along with the lack of research productivity
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    Impostor syndrome is setting in hard...

    Wow. Are you me / in my program? This is my EXACT experience. I come in to office hours and make very clear that I have decided to pursue a PhD and am looking for guidance, but so many of my profs encourage me to either 1) not do a PhD, or 2) consider Counselor Education & Supervision. Their arguments are the same - counseling/psych is different, Counselor Ed would be shorter, less work, blahblah. It's frustrating, because I didn't come in to be talked out of my career goals! I just need some support from my professors but it's difficult to figure out who I can turn to. My experimental psych professors are largely all neuro/cog/developmental, so they're not super familiar with the clinical psych landscape. The ED clinic was my internship for the CMHC program We're required to do a minimum of 2 semesters of internship, but I will actually have 4 semesters worth just because of how scheduling worked out.
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    M.Sc. vs M.A.?

    Another explanation is that I sometimes depends on the department/college granting the degree. Psychology departments housed in colleges of liberal arts, for example, will tend to give the M.A.
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    Question About Educational Psychology

    Licensure. Educational psychologists are generally not eligible for licensure as school psychologists. The former tends to be a PhD whereas the latter tends to me masters, specialist, or doctoral. Think of school psychologists as the clinicians who provide services to school populations. Educational psychology is more about the theory of learning and the theory of educational systems. Study environments, learning outcomes, etc.
  15. Hey all! I'm in a masters program (clinical mental health counseling, CACREP) with the option to complete a thesis. I've opted to do so as a way to show that I'm capable of graduate-level writing. The research faculty at my institution do not have any interest in the area(s) I want to focus on in my doctoral studies (tl;dr - eating disorders / body dysmorphia, although a bit more nuanced than that). However, I have recently been given a very plum opportunity with a well-known lab that studies co-morbidity of drug use and anxiety disorders (they have active grants from NIMH and NIDA). They've said I'm welcome to collect data through their lab and utilize the facilities for my thesis work. Authorship on posters are a guarantee, and publication is likely. Should I take this opportunity, even though it's not exactly in my area of interest? Obvious pros are financial support and authorship, but I don't want to seem all over the place with my research topics when it comes to applying for doctoral programs. Would I be better off trying to find another lab that at least is somewhat related to eating disorders or body image?
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    PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    A few schools were already using PsyCAS last year, but I'm glad that they're finally making it standard. At least, I hope it will be standard across the board. I am tired of having to order my GRE scores 10 times at $30 a pop...... EDIT: Just popped on PsyCAS to check. The only schools taking apps via that platform thus far for 2018 matriculation are Mercer, Stanford/PGSP, PCOM, and a ton of Argosy's. Definitely not standard yet.
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    Publications / Poster Advice

    That's awesome! I'm constantly astonished by individuals who are able to publish undergrad work in a journal. Did you get a ton of help from your PI or were you largely left to your own devices re: publishing?
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    PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    I personally didn't like Magoosh that much. Felt way too simplistic. I used Gruber for math and then just bought the Manhattan 5lb book of GRE practice problems. Just grind problems until you understand the structure and types of problems you'll likely see.
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    Fall 2017 Acceptance Thread

    Do you mind if I ask what your financial aid/funding offer was from Ferkauf? I'm interested in their program for the future but the high cost of tuition has me wary
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    Fall 2017 Waitlist Thread

    Congrats!! What a great program
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    1 week to decide! Humboldt State or San Jose Psychology!?

    Judging from the focus of the programs, it seems OP probably needs more research experience before applying.
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    Regarding "publications"...

    Phew, that's definitely a relief. Thanks for the feedback
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    Regarding "publications"...

    Obviously we all know the major pubs that people want to get into - Science, Nature, Psych Bulletin, Am Journal of Psych, etc. But when evaluating a PhD applicant's CV for "publications", how significant does a publication have to be to "count"? So for example: I was published in the journal of a professional organization that I am part of (honor society). It is a very small journal and emphasizes graduate student research. I was also published in a small, state-wide journal. Obviously, these are "easier" journals to get published in than huge national ones, but they are still peer-reviewed and have a selection process. Do adcoms frown upon things like this? Can I still claim that I've been "published" even though they are in small journals?
  24. Hey! I was in your same boat. I ended up going for a post-bac program in psychology (online courses) and then the masters degree. First off, a secret: masters degrees are the cash cows of schools. There's not as much government grant funding for them, which means the school gets more $$$ out of you. They don't have to pay you a PhD stipend. They don't need to cater undergraduate student life projects to you. tl;dr - schools WANT you for their masters programs. It is surprisingly easy to get in. Because of this, however, I would caution you against pursuing an expensive masters program. I made that mistake - went to Boston University (cost of living comparable to NYC - slightly less actually, tuition comparable to NYU), and the financial burden sucked. I took out $50k in private loans before I realized this was not sustainable, so I jumped ship and am now attending a program in my home state which is 5x cheaper. Columbia's post-bac program is great but also harder to get in, unfortunately. I would really push you to consider Hunter or another CUNY campus. Research match doesn't matter *too* much at the masters level, so don't put too much salt in thinking, "Oh, but there's only one professor I really want to work with." Also, what I ended up doing while at Boston University was applying for labs at MIT and Harvard, and they were very willing to let me collaborate cross-campus. So even if you attend a school like Hunter or Queens, there's no one stopping you from volunteering at an NYU lab > Is it possible to work at a research lab without experience and without enrolling in a college? Yes, although you'll probably have to do it on a volunteer basis. Also keep in mind I'm gunning for clinical/counseling psychology; the social psych world might be a little different, so if anyone can offer more insight, please do!
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    Clinical Psychology hopeful...

    There's just so many myths flying around. I've heard people tell me that if I didn't have a publication, good luck getting in anywhere. I've had people tell me that with my 2 national conference presentations + 3 regional conference presentations, that I'm a shoe-in. I've had people tell me to do research work only in my area of interest; I've had people tell me to broaden my horizons and get lots of different experiences. I would reach out to grad students at specific institutions you're looking at and ask if you can ask them a few questions. Most of them have been happy to help me out with the nuances of their particular school.

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