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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Fall 2017 Waitlist Thread

    Congrats!! What a great program
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. Regarding "publications"...

    Phew, that's definitely a relief. Thanks for the feedback
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. Declining Offer Thread

    Whoaaa, Baylor is crazy hard to get in, congrats!!
  17. Fall 2017 Acceptance Thread

    Accepted across the board! Will be starting at Texas State this summer. Congrats everyone so far!
  18. GRE waivers - take it or not?

    Hi there. Some PhD programs that I'm looking into offer a general GRE waiver if the applicant has already obtained a masters degree (with a sufficiently high GPA). If these cases, is it a good idea to take the waiver? Or is it better to CYA and submit the GRE scores anyways (I guess to prove that you don't have anything to hide)?
  19. Fall 2017 Waitlist Thread

  20. Fall 2017 Acceptance Thread

    Congrats!! Super tough program to get in. You'll love Boston!
  21. Fall 2017 Acceptance Thread

    School: Texas State UniversityProgram: MA Clinical Mental Health CounselingDate of Notification: 03/09/2017Method of Notification: Email. At 10pm, no less!Thoughts: Overwhelming relief! As some of you may know, I had to withdraw from my other masters program (at BU School of Medicine) due to financial hardship. I was so terrified I couldn't get in anywhere to complete my studies, haha. This is a very well respected program in the state. Still waiting to hear back from Univ of Houston (my top choice) but still overjoyed I have at least one acceptance.
  22. Fall 2017 Counseling Psychology Applicants

    Damn masters programs are killing me with the waiting. I know it's only been a month since the deadline but I'm so antsy I check the application portal like 5x a day lol...
  23. Best way to brush up on Stats before grad school?

    Try some courses on edX too! Here's a good one specifically for the social sciences:
  24. Fall 2017 Applications

    I would actually argue that BC's program is pretty competitive. Their profs are also known for being ridiculously nitpicky for completely random reasons. But that's all hearsay from several BC master's students I know.
  25. Fall 2017 Counseling Psychology Applicants

    Congrats!! It's always so uplifting to hear of people getting into their #1 choice