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  1. Regarding #3 - the point of getting a masters before doctoral is to 1) boost your GPA, or 2) get research experiences. Since you don't have a lot of research experience, you should choose the program that offers you the most opportunities to get that. It might mean doing a masters thesis, or having formal research mentorship with a professor, or cross-collaboration opportunities with other labs or departments.
  2. dancedementia

    How did you find your area/topic of interest in research?

    I started out working in a clinical setting pertaining to my research interests (adolescent eating disorders and personality disorders). Found myself constantly asking "why?" and "how can I do this better?" while going through the day-to-day and finally decided - screw it, I'm going to go research the answers myself!
  3. Tried using the search function but my query was way too broad. What are people's thoughts about applying to two programs at the same school, e.g. Clinical Psychology AND Counseling Psychology programs? There are research mentors in both departments that match my interests and I'd be happy to be accepted to either, but don't want to shoot myself in the foot with both programs by crossing some unspoken boundary.
  4. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    Yaaay, congrats on making your decision!
  5. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    I've heard similar things from other application cycles. They're pretty old-school and the more "directive"/challenging/stress interviews skews towards their psychoanalytic origins. I'm not surprised, but it definitely isn't for everyone. I feel like folks who seek out Adelphi are probably the ones who want a psychoanalytic/psychodynamically oriented program.
  6. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    Ahhhh amazing program! Congrats
  7. Hey folks. Has anyone volunteered or worked for a POI's lab for a period of time BEFORE applying to their PhD program? Do you think this experience has significantly helped you in any way? Of course it helps because the POI knows you and your work ethic, but is that enough to overcome another candidate that may be stronger? I've heard some horror stories of folks applying to their own labs and getting rejected because their POI wants them to "explore other programs"...
  8. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    As another data point, same. 9 interviews 3 offers, and at higher yield programs only.
  9. dancedementia

    I is stressed *Non-Judgmental Space for PhD Applicants*

    Still haven't heard back from my last school, but my hopes aren't high since it seems most acceptances went out last week. I've emailed my POI twice, the program assistant once, and the DCT once without response. I feel horrible continuing to pester them. I'm going to just assume I'm being ghosted so I can have some closure.
  10. dancedementia

    Psy.D programs- please help me decide!

    I'm assuming if you're going PsyD that you're interested in primarily clinical work. In that case, the minuscule difference in "prestige" between two programs won't be a big deal. You'll have access to the same prac sites, and both programs are highly respected in the area. You can't go wrong with either! I remember we talked about Post being your top choice - if you liked the program, go for it! Don't let ideas of "prestige" get into your head
  11. I've gotten by with using the computer labs for data analysis. I do own a 2018 Macbook Air, and prior to that a Lenovo Thinkpad. I've found that for most of the data analysis I want to do, I prefer to be on a large monitor, with a real mouse and keyboard, so I just go into the labs to do that. The laptop is primarily for writing, haha.
  12. dancedementia

    Another "help me with plan B" thread :(

    YES, so much this. My parents have been giving me the "I told you so" for the past year and have been horrified to see how much I've been spending to fly to interviews (they thought that the schools would pay for transportation hahaha what a funny joke). Everyone has been anxiously asking me if I've gotten good news and I'm just like, "Ehhhhh we'll see?" .____. Also realized we have very similar research interests (eating disorders, adolescent anxiety). Wishing you good luck in your career, let's definitely keep in contact - maybe we'll collaborate years down the line haha.
  13. dancedementia

    Another "help me with plan B" thread :(

    Places I like to check are: http://post-bacc-ra-opportunities.1115000.n5.nabble.com/ https://undergrad.psychology.fas.harvard.edu/post-graduate-research-jobs
  14. dancedementia

    Another "help me with plan B" thread :(

    Just applied to 25 research coordinator positions, with more to come. Let's dooooo thissss.
  15. dancedementia

    Another "help me with plan B" thread :(

    Thanks for all the feedback everyone. I will most likely go for the research coordinator track, as I think that was the most lacking part of my application, and reapply in 2 years. It's honestly a huge blow for me, especially since I had excitedly told so many people that I was looking forward to beginning doctoral studies in the fall. Almost like a walk of shame to have to give the, "Well actually...." speech. My consolidation is that I'll finally be earning steady money (even if it isn't a lot) for 2 years. I haven't had that experience in a long time (since I was in a masters program the most recent 2 years and was doing prereqs prior to that).
  16. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    I meant 70 research/30 clinical hah. Sorry, I misinterpreted your original comment in the opposite direction of what you meant!
  17. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    Another Suffolk poster on the results page! Pretty please friends, can we include POI initials so the rest of us don't die from stress? ^^;
  18. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    Not necessarily. See: Harvard, Temple, Yale. Basically, all the original APCS programs haha. You are definitely much more engaged in research, with clinicals almost as an afterthought. Granted, these programs have connections to great clinical placements so the caliber of training is not deficient in any way. You just won't be engaged in clinical training until later, and your research commitments come first. I'd say more like 70/30 split.
  19. dancedementia

    New interest area after acceptance to PsyD program

    Not to be THAT person but... you're accepted! They can't un-accept you just because your research interests change, so I wouldn't worry At a PsyD program too, I find that professors are very encouraging of folks to broaden their scope and be open to new things. It seems like you have a good reason for pivoting to BPD research, so I don't think you would be faulted for that! Good luck though - very tough population to study because they do tend to play the "perfect patient, I'll tell you want you want to hear to get you out of my hair" card. I once worked at the Gunderson (McLean's BPD residential), and even as someone with a cluster B myself, I found myself at the end of my empathy rope sometimes!
  20. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    Oh haha! That makes sense now
  21. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    Do you mind sharing who your POI is?
  22. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    I haven't even heard anything from Suffolk. Yikes. This doesn't bode well
  23. dancedementia

    I is stressed *Non-Judgmental Space for PhD Applicants*

    Just got rejected from my top choice (Northeastern). I got the news at my job, in-between counseling appointments. I had to excuse myself to go ugly cry in the bathroom. This sucks.
  24. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    Short version: You'd be looking at PsyD programs if you want the clinical experience Long version: Get a copy of the Insider's Guide to Clinical and Counseling Psychology Programs. It rates each program on a scale of 1-7, with 1 being heavy emphasis on clinical and 7 being heavy emphasis on research. You can judge programs on that scale.
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