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  1. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Okay I'm jumping the gun a little, but I'm starting to narrow down my application list and wanted to connect with anyone who is planning on applying for fall 2019 matriculation! My focus is in Clinical or Counseling Psychology, with a primary research interest in eating disorders. The list thus far: Top choices: UNT (PhD Counseling), Rutgers (PsyD Clinical), Northeastern (PhD Counseling), Springfield (PsyD Counseling), Yeshiva (PsyD Clinical), LIU Brooklyn (PhD Clinical), Adelphi (PhD Clinical) Mid-level choices: Xavier (PsyD Clinical), CCNY (PhD Clinical), Suffolk (PhD Clinical), IUP (PsyD Clinical), UHartford (PsyD Clinical), UIndy (PsyD Clinical), Fairleigh Dickinson (PhD Clinical), Drexel (PhD Clinical) Safeties: KCUMB (PsyD Clinical - new program, not APA yet), Chestnut Hill College (PsyD Clinical), Immaculata (PsyD Clinical), PCOM (PsyD Clinical) Reeeeeach: UNC-Chapel Hill (PhD Clinical), Emory (PhD Clinical), Temple (PhD Clinical), Univ of Kansas (PhD Clinical), Miami University of Ohio (PhD Clinical), UNC-Charlotte (PhD Clinical) Still a long list, but I'm taking my time chipping away at it. I'm hoping to apply to ~15 programs and choose based on practicum experiences (I want at least 2-3 full years in community clinics) and research match. What are y'all thinking?
  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. Most of us have been so stressed about interview invites that I didn't realize - we don't have an acceptance thread yet! Accepted folks, please post here so we can celebrate your achievements All psychology types (clinical, counseling, I/O, social, everything in between) welcome. School: Concentration: (e.g. clinical, counseling, social, I/O, etc) Type: (PhD/PsyD/EdD/something else) Date of acceptance: Notified by: Mass email, email from POI, phone call, etc.
  4. Alright we need one of these threads now that folks are starting to decide. So please share - where will you be in the fall?! Congrats everyone!!
  5. 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.
  6. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    Yaaay, congrats on making your decision!
  7. 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.
  8. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    Ahhhh amazing program! Congrats
  9. 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"...
  10. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    As another data point, same. 9 interviews 3 offers, and at higher yield programs only.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. dancedementia

    Another "help me with plan B" thread :(

    Soooo. I got rejected from my top choice (NEU) and am pretty sure I'm not getting into my second choice (Suffolk). I've either been rejected, declined interviews, or waitlisted all other funded programs on my application list. I am holding two offers from Antioch University and William James, both PsyD programs with a large price tag. I'm an older applicant, so emotionally I want to just take one of those offers and get going with my life. I went into this application cycle thinking I wanted to do primarily clinical work, which is why most of my programs are PsyD or balanced PhD programs. But as I've gone to these schools and spoken with POIs, I'm realizing that hey - I actually want to do research. I have several years of research experience, but not in one lab (just lots of small projects with multiple PIs), so I know what I'm getting into and I know I enjoy it. I think I got a little jaded this past year because I was running a study that was going NOWHERE and I said "screw research". But talking with POIs about their projects, brainstorming ideas, etc... it made me want to go back to that. So current options are... Say screw research, take one of my PsyD offers, and get on with life. Look for full time research coordinator positions, work for 1-2 years, and reapply Work a full time clinical job (I have my masters degree so I can provide therapy) and volunteer for research on the side The biggest considerations are: My PsyD offers have very little funding (I've gotten scholarships from both but they're like... 20% of my tuition lol) If I work as a research coordinator for 1-2 years and then apply, I'm going to be 40 when I graduate with my PhD. Ehhhhhhh. Part of counseling and therapy is helping your patients understand limits and check their realities. I know we often tell folks, "You should go for your dream! You'll regret it if you don't! You're never too old for anything!" But the truth is, for the majority of us, we don't have that luxury. I do come from a lower SES background. I do want to finish my studies as soon as I can (my fiance is in med school and we'd like to sync up timelines as much as we can, because honestly, when you're in your 30's and MARRIED, long distance relationships are REALLY not cool anymore). I have chronic health problems that may very well mean that I will croak at age 55 (morbid, but hey, reality). Do I really want to spend my 30s in a lab, finally get to practicing at 40, and then not be able to have a fulfilling career before I go? For that matter, there is NO guarantee that working as a full time research coordinator for 2 years will guarantee me ANYTHING. I could very well apply to these same PhD programs and get rejected across the board again. I'm risk averse by nature, and this thought sends shivers up my spine. Thoughts? (Sorry for wall of text!)
  16. 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
  17. dancedementia

    Another "help me with plan B" thread :(

    Just applied to 25 research coordinator positions, with more to come. Let's dooooo thissss.
  18. 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).
  19. 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!
  20. 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? ^^;
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    Oh haha! That makes sense now
  24. dancedementia

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    Do you mind sharing who your POI is?
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