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  1. As someone who is already in a program, I would prioritize supervisor fit. Specifically fit with their personality, supervision style, approach to research. Your supervisor is one of, if not the biggest determinant of your grad school experience. Practicum opportunities or training can be worked around and supplemented, but things can get BAD if your supervisor is a poor match.
  2. I interviewed at Concordia in a previous year. If its anything like in person, it will be multiple shorter interviews with different faculty members and grad students. And potentially an info session about the program. I would be shocked if it’s a single long interview because they def don’t have time to interview every applicant for hours.
  3. I wrote mine similar to a cover letter, just not in letter format. I focused mainly on describing my past research experience and skills and linking them to the POI’s research/what I wanted to research in grad school. I was accepted and a few people commented that it was strongly written, so I guess it worked. I’m not a fan of the cheesy anecdotes either. They seem unprofessional to me, like something that a high school student would write.
  4. I wouldn’t drop any schools based on low contact with PIs, if that’s the only reason. It isn’t a huge predictor of application success. I’ve gotten interviews at schools where I had no contact and flat out rejected at schools where I had a lot of pre-application contact.
  5. I second all the previous responses. My pre-interview emails/interactions had no bearing on my application success. I think a lot of faculty will be more reserved or brief at this point because they’re busy and also want to wait to see everyone’s apps before getting invested.
  6. The sites I’ve trained at generally used measures like the BDI and BAI for tracking progress throughout therapy for most clients. It’s useful for us as therapists, and a lot of my clients have found it very helpful because they can see the reduction in symptoms in a way that is much more concrete. I remember one of my clients being very excited when she realized she was responding “0” to symptoms for the first time and it was a big moment for her.
  7. You can definitely still send an email just to express interest in their work/working with them. Write a few sentences describing your interests and past experiences, etc. Since you’re an international student, you could also ask if they’re planning or able to consider international applicants. This might actually be an important question since international students are more expensive to fund and COVID has affected university funds and grant competitions.
  8. I probably wouldn’t rush to submit a paper before applications are due. Having a bad pub or submitting to a poor journal could hurt you more than it helps you. Do you have advisors or co-authors you’ve discussed this paper with? If yes, I would ask what they think. If no, then it’s going to look odd on your application to have a single-author pub as an undergrad. I would maybe consider submitting some abstracts to conferences instead.
  9. I’m so sorry to hear that. This site is mostly applicants so, but there’s a psychology thread on the Student Doctor Network forum that has a lot of practicing psychologists on it. Maybe that could be a helpful resource for you. Best wishes!
  10. Not the person you asked, but I’m also already in a clinical program. I would personally not request a zoom meeting unless they bring it up first. It’s not that common. I was kind of clueless about this when applying and actually only emailed about half of my POIs, and had a pre-interview meeting with one. I still got 3 (out of 6) interviews, mostly at schools where I’d had no prior contact. The one thing all faculty commented on was the strength of my statement of interest and strong research match with their labs. I think this time is probably better spent on research and refining your appli
  11. It’s totally fine to do that. Those questions can be asked in the actual interview. Speaking as a current clinical student, pre-interview contact with POIs is not as big of a deal as it seems. It’s actually not that common to have early meetings like that and I know a lot of faculty who avoid it.
  12. I would email later given the current situation. Maybe September-October. A lot of things are up in the air with COVID and I’m guessing that many profs don’t have firm plans yet.
  13. Did they say why? Maybe it’s possible that research or small meetings could resume and they expect you in the lab? Still, it seems crazy to me to expect someone to move and find housing in a new city during a pandemic if the university is closed.
  14. I’m not sure how likely it is that programs would accept a student who does not want to do research and wants to work only on their own terms. It’s not how a PhD works regardless of funding status. Why not find an online program and buy your PhD? Or do a course-based masters?
  15. I think the competition statistics on the SSHRC website show how many CGS-D and fellowships are awarded to each university, discipline and subcommittee, although I could be wrong.
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