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  1. On 7/3/2019 at 4:18 PM, Madpudding said:

    One thing to be careful of when using the test prep books is to ignore the information regarding how the test is scored. Almost every test prep book I used said that there is a 1/4 point penalty for wrong answers (similar to the SAT, at least when I took it) when in fact there is no penalty so you might as well complete every question.

    That's because the latest available prep book published (Princeton Review's) is before they changed the format. There hasn't been anything published recently that matches the current scoring system AND covers the same material. All of the subject test GRE books still use DSM-IV. Just something to be aware of - the current offerings are very outdated :(

  2. You will not be paid more for being dual-licensed, and frankly no one cares in practice.

    The one area that is IS beneficial is if you want to be a dually-licensed supervisor. There aren't a lot of those, so you can charge more and/or hold double the amount of supervisees.

  3. I'm curious where you're getting your "ranking" from. Are you talking about Carnegie designations? USNWR? Certain schools who may not be ranked highly on either might be top schools in your subfield, based on what you're researching. I would not put too much stock into arbitrary rankings unless you have been explicitly told by professors in the subfield that it is not a respected school.

  4. I did NOT study for the exam and scored 80% percentile purely based on test taking strategies. I second the poster who said that the Psych GRE is a very different beast to other standardized exams. It was the first one I've taken that was purely knowledge recall (as opposed to tests like math and physics, or the general GRE, which incorporate problem-solving strategies). I did buy the PR book but only made it through the first chapter because the information was so. freaking. dense. and I felt super overwhelmed. In hindsight, I should have skimmed it and read a little closer on areas I was not familiar with (my biological and cognitive scores were abysmal).

    That said, most PhD programs don't even ask for the psych GRE! I only took it because ONE of my schools required it (damn you Rutgers).

  5. 25 minutes ago, BhaAlex992 said:

    1. Do I really need to take Abnormal Psychology? I never got a chance to take it during undergrad (my major was biomedical engineering) and now my masters does not have a graduate course for it. How important is taking that? Cause I have taken the bulk of prereqs (intro, social, personality, research methods, stats, etc).

    Depends on the program. Some of them specifically require Abnormal/Psychopathology as a prerequisite. You can take it at a community college for cheap if your program doesn't offer it.

    TA-ing is not a requirement to get into a PhD program. I would focus more attention on research over TA-ing, although if you have time for both it certainly won't hurt.

  6. 18 minutes ago, Le Chat said:

    It's mostly due to the focus on what meets my goals, the accessibility of those programs versus Psych, and the greater ability to train future mental health practitioners at the Master's level.

    Makes sense! I take it you're planning on applying to PhD programs in Counselor Ed?

  7. 14 hours ago, MiddleOfSomeCalibrations said:

    I have 33 schools/59 POIs on my list right now. I know some of them won't end up taking grad students, but I'll probably still be applying to ~20-25 programs!

    That's a robust list haha. If I had the $$ I would totally apply to a ton of schools. But damn, this process is expensive :(

  8. 5 hours ago, Itzik said:

    if you dont mind me asking, where are you finding these research coordinator positions?

    Yep, mainly from those two sites that @higaisha referenced earlier up on this thread. I also go directly to the sites of AMCs and scour their career sections. I applied to 8 positions from McLean just from looking up open positions.

    6 hours ago, topsailpsych said:

    ... it is harder to get into a clinical program with a counseling background.  Because of this advice, I focused more on counseling psych programs and had far more success.

    Gosh, I never even thought about this! I might reevaluate some of my school choices to include more counseling programs. Thanks for the info!

  9. 2 hours ago, topsailpsych said:

    I was applying to clinical programs with a master's in counseling which is an uphill battle due to some (real and perceived) differences in training models and emphasis of the training

    I'm curious about this. Was this explicitly stated by mentors/POIs? How were you able to overcome this bias? (I too have a masters in counseling, and not even counseling psych, but a CACREP counseling masters).

  10. 1 hour ago, PsychGo said:

    I've been accepted to PsyD programs at: The Wright Institute, Roosevelt University and Loyola University, Maryland

    Roosevelt and Loyola are definitely a "tier" above Wright. In general, I also dissuade folks from going to California schools unless they want to work in California - they don't have much of a "brand" outside of that state.

  11. Magoosh was really helpful for me on math. I'm the type that needs LOTS of practice and immediate, detailed feedback. Magoosh's program has a customizable "practice" mode where you get immediate feedback after each question, with both written and video explanations (helpful for those of us who prefer one way of learning to the other).

    I didn't study verbal so can't give much guidance there.

  12. Hey folks :)

    I technically didn't get rejected from all - got into three "safety" PsyD schools that would have cost about $200k to attend sooooo I said no thanks. For my funded programs, I got interviews for 3 and was ultimately rejected from all post-interview.

    I'm taking the next two years to work full-time in research. I have a master's in counseling (no research, just clinical practice), which was great for getting into the PsyD programs but horrible for getting into PhD programs. I should have beefed up my research experience more, but there's only so many hours in the day when you also have to be at practicum sites. I did the masters because I initially only wanted to do clinical practice (and my GPA was shit), but along the way found out (a little too late) I really love research.

    1 hour ago, Fabretti said:

    Also I had nearly four years with research experience and several poster presentations. I'm starting to think that it is more important to have some prior relationship with POIs.

    I'm in the same boat. I have ~3 years of research experience and 5 posters on my CV, but they were in areas that were unrelated to my POI's work and I made the mistake of not contacting POIs and networking before I applied. Going to interviews, it seemed like a lot of candidates had either collaborated with the POI's lab or they had met at previous conferences, etc. Of course, if two candidates are equal, they're probably going to choose the one they know and have interacted with. I'm going to definitely do more of this before I reapply.

  13. What state do you want to live in?

    If you plan to stay in NY, do not do NYU. You want an LCSW in NY State to get the best job prospects and salary. 

    In the Boston area, BC is extremely well respected. NEU is not far behind but their program seems to encourage folks to go on to doctoral program. 

    I'm not familiar enough with UMich to comment.

  14. 3 hours ago, krosstheboss said:

    I have been making my list for quite some time, and I am still looking for schools to add to my list. My sister is currently in a Counseling Psychology PhD program, so she has been a ton of help during this process! I have an excel sheet with all of the information I need; here is a brief version. Side note: these are all Counseling PhD programs.

    Just be aware that some of these programs you've listed require a masters degree for admissions (NEU and UMass Boston are the two that jump out at me). I'm not sure where you are in your academic journey, but just something to be aware of. One of my friends applied for several of these programs and was upset that she didn't notice this requirement beforehand.

  15. 7 hours ago, dmacfour said:

    What do you mean by "pretty damn high"? In my current masters program that means that you're doing a lot of mathematical proofs, but in my previous masters program that meant that you used calculus and linear algebra. I'm wondering if I need to take more proof based classes (like real analysis) to excel in a quant psych program. 

    You'll probably want to take advance calc, linear algebra, differential equations, combinatorics, and loooooots of probability/random variables/stats courses. Topics to get familiar with might include distribution functions (binomial, geometric, poisson, exponential, gamma, beta), conditional probability, Bayes, Chebyshev, LLN, CLT, nonparametric stats, ANOVAs, regressions, decision theory, large sample theory, asymptotic efficiency, sequential analysis.

    Some knowledge of programming languages (e.g. C++, Python) might also help.

  16. 14 minutes ago, Anvrchist said:

    + I was thinking of applying for a masters in mental health counseling and later if I decide to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology. Because I’m interested in wanting to assess and treat people. 

    If you're interested solely in providing psychotherapy as a treatment, then you can do all of that with only a masters :)

    I'm not sure what you mean by "assess" - masters level clinicians can diagnose, but some specific assessments (e.g. Rorschach, neuropsych batteries) can only be performed by doctoral-level psychologists with proper training.

    Also worth noting that many masters in "psychology" (unless they are specifically clinical psychology) are not license-eligible unless you take extra courses. Many of them are geared towards folks who need research experience and GPA boosters for doctoral applications. They will require a research project / thesis and may not include enough hours of internship to meet state licensing requirements as an LPC/LMHC.

  17. Sooooo. Who's ready to get a head start on next year? :D

    (Yes I know April 15th isn't quite here yet, but I've been going through GC withdrawal so I'm making this thread WAY in advance.)

    I was originally going to wait for 2 years before applying (to boost my research productivity), but I was just alerted that my grant-funded research coordinator position (which starts in June!) expires after 1 year and there is no guarantee there will be funding for a second year. Thankfully, it is a hyperproductive lab so I should be able to get some pubs before I need to leave (I'm already on a poster and I haven't even started work yet? lol...) I already have a ton of posters/presentations so I really just wanted more research experience in my area of interest.

    Anyways! Here's the list for fall 2020, a total of 10 schools :)

    • Boston College (Counseling PhD) -- POI: OMK
    • Boston University (Clinical PhD) -- POI: LB, TP
    • Drexel University (Clinical PhD, reapplicant) -- POI: AJ, EF, MB (you're supposed to choose 3 on the application)
    • Fordham University (Clinical PhD) -- POI: NB
    • Fordham University (Counseling PhD) -- POI: MK
    • Northeastern University (Counseling PhD, reapplicant) -- POI: RR, JEG
    • Suffolk University (Clinical PhD, reapplicant) -- POI: SR (maybe... she rejected me this round so idk if I'll try again), SS
    • UMass Boston (Clinical PhD) -- POI: LR
    • Virginia Commonwealth (Counseling PhD) -- POI: SM
    • William James (Clinical PsyD) -- safety school (got in last round but deferred offer, so would not need to reapply)
    • Yeshiva University (Clinical Health PhD) -- POI: CS

    This is, of course, assuming all the POIs are taking students next year.

    I'm geographically constrained a little bit b/c my fiance will be in med school next year (at least someone will be earning the big bucks in this family), and I'm not interested in doing a long-distance marriage that spans more than 3 state lines =P

  18. 10 hours ago, topsailpsych said:

    Last cycle I applied to 15, this cycle I applied to 14 (rejected from all last cycle, received 4 offers this cycle).

    I apologize for hijacking this thread, but this is seriously impressive. What did you do between cycles that helped your application? (And how many years in between cycles?)

  19. 7 hours ago, neurosoc said:

    Yes, that's one factor. Though since applicant quality varies, it's not a perfect one. I think another useful data point here is average GRE scores.

    As other posters stated, the biggest factor of admissions is research match and "fit". GRE scores are a useful first pass, but I would not name that as a marker of competitiveness at all.

  20. As an update for the folks who helped me (and for future applicants who may be in my situation): I got a full-time job as a research coordinator in an extremely productive lab at an amazing institution (which I frankly didn't think I had a shot at getting into). I'm honestly more excited about this "acceptance" than the three non-funded PsyD acceptances I had earlier this year, which really solidifies 1) the fact that I'm passionate about research, and 2) that I've made the right choice by declining offers and planning to reapply to PhD programs in a few years.

    Yaaaay :)

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