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Clinapp2017 last won the day on July 8 2020

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    Clinical Psych, Ph.D.

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  1. *research assistant (not essential)
  2. Agreed with @PsyDuck90. I think 2+ years is fine, and increasingly more common. As someone who actually came straight from undergrad to my PhD program, if I could do it over I would have taken at least 2 years to work as an RA or CRC. It is all fine for me now, but I think gaining more exposure to the ins and outs of research that you rarely can receive as an undergraduate research essential would have made my transition smoother to developing my own independent research interests. This is really critical in setting you apart from the pack since a lot of people can easily be "clones" of their
  3. You probably should go ahead and accept tomorrow (4/15) if you don't hear back by mid-day from the first school. There is no guarantee your offer of admission (and financial aid/stipend) will remain valid after close of business on 4/15.
  4. My stipend in a clinical program in a high COL area on the east coast is 34,000, pre-tax. It is among the highest PhD stipends I have heard of, and is largely driven by the COL. It's crappy, though, because it still not a lot. But at least I don't have tuition I think across the country, the median stipend for *funded* clinical programs is somewhere between 20-30k, pre-tax. At least anecdotally, people I know in other programs and other programs I interviewed at were in that range, with low COL = lower stipend, high COL = higher stipend.
  5. What is mindpab? I am not sure what that is referring to r.e. the manuscript. I think getting that manuscript published would be great (assuming it's a good journal). Fingers crossed! Other then that, I think keep looking for different research opportunities and advocated for yourself in the labs to get on more neuropsych projects. Neuropsych, even more than general psych, is really competitive. Letters of rec from professors in neuropsychology are ideal, and be sure to be clear in your personal statement why you are a match at each lab and program. Circuitous (long) paths to clin
  6. For research intensive PhD programs in clinical psych, I would advise at minimum getting a first-author poster accepted at a national/international conference in your area of the field before your apply. A pub (submitted) would be even better. As mentioned, there are many archival datasets out there, and your faculty members may have opportunities to use data within their lab that isn't being analyzed. It's worth pursuing, even if not your thesis, as mentors in research programs increasingly want to see evidence of emerging independent thought/productivity in research.
  7. I would not give up hope at all but echo what others are saying. Re-taking and acing the GRE, even if programs make it optional, might help offset low undergrad GPA and borderline masters GPA. Fit is everything for clinical (and a lot of counseling) PhD programs, since you'll be working under the guidance of a mentor for 5+ years on your research projects. If its not clear how your MSW and previous research aligns with the work of your POI's, that's going to be a detriment to your application. One thing I would advise more consideration on, though (assuming you haven't put a ton o
  8. I know someone has to be the first cohort at these programs, but gambling with your professional trajectory is a big wager. In the event they did not become accredited, for some reason, you would be in a world of hurt trying to land internship, post-doc, licensing, etc... at least in clinical, and to the best of my knowledge school psych operates in a very similar fashion as a profession. No hurt in applying and interviewing if you are offered an interview, but you would want to get some exact timetable on when they would be APA accredited and I would advise talking to your mentors/current bos
  9. I would leave it be. You will hear back when they have made their decision. Your thank you email is enough; now it's just the hard, but important waiting game!
  10. For clinical, you will normally hear from the POI/program coordinator directly. I never checked any portals.
  11. It can be either. When I applied about 50% came from the grad coordinator or DCT, and 50% came from the POI.
  12. Agreed. I understand why nepotism exists (the path of least resistance) but our field MUST change, and radically, or we are going to under-serve our patients and communities, broadly.
  13. FWIW - I think LORs in general carry a lot of weight, even pre-COVID, but may carry more weight now. If a POI knows your LOR writer(s), and they write glowing letters, I think that is a golden ticket. Some POIs engage in what I frankly consider unethical behavior, which is take students with whom they have prior connections, usually resulting in less diversification of our field b/c those students are typically people with great means (high SES, traditional backgrounds, have the ability to do lots of unpaid RA work in undergrad/MA programs, etc.). It's a big gamble for POIs to tak
  14. What is the field of your authored paper? Is it related to clinical neuropsych/do you have assessment experience at all? Rather than apply for a MA program, I might consider if I was you applying to work for 2 years as a RA in a clinical neuropsych lab as an RA or lab manager. Getting the direct research experience would be helpful (no matter how 'prestigious' the unrelated RA job) would be helpful.
  15. I think your 160/158 is fine. What was your AW score? Also, do you have any posters or publications from your long time in research? That would bump up your consideration by faculty at the funded programs more than just a few points on the GRE would.
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