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Clinapp2017 last won the day on July 8 2020

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  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. For clinical, you will normally hear from the POI/program coordinator directly. I never checked any portals.
  4. It can be either. When I applied about 50% came from the grad coordinator or DCT, and 50% came from the POI.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. What @PsyDuck90said. Also, do you have any research experience in neuropsych or clinical experience with assessment? Without that, you probably will unfortunately not be competitive for clinical neuropsych PhD programs in person (given the lower GPAs), which is the only path to becoming a clinical neuropsychologist. I am unaware of any online programs that confer an APA accredited clinical psych PhD with neuropsych emphasis. Sorry to be a bearer of bad news, but online programs are not worth the debt so do not attend any.
  10. Usually people who say "I cannot apply for personal reasons to places outside of X" normally have solid reasons, so I trust you on it OP and don't. want to push extra hard like other posters. They are correct, though, that right out of the gate you limit your chances. NYC is one of the most sought after areas to live in and some of the programs have stellar reputations (other ones are not well thought of at all -- do the research), meaning there will be floods of applications. What will distinguish you for a PhD program is research experience (which it sounds like you don't have?) and fit wit
  11. Short answer: no. Why would an online program be worth it when so many aspects of neuroscience, in particular, require in-person work (e.g., rat research, human studies, etc.)? Sounds like you already have a good career so just keep on doing that I would say unless you have a lot of money to burn. I think some good CEU courses/conferences would be much better if you just want to learn new things.
  12. That's great -- I think the pubs will make up for it.
  13. Agree with the others assuming you are on good terms. Specifically, you should ask if they can write a strong letter of rec. Nothing is worse than neutral LORs that are boring (besides maybe a LOR that states you should not take the applicant). When you get in touch, I recommend maybe asking if they want to chat over the phone/zoom briefly, and attach an updated CV so they can know what you are up to. I had a professor I only took one class from in college (which I loved) write me a LOR; we did not talk a lot, but he was enthusiastic about writing me a letter because he loved my c
  14. Mean/median psych GPA generally falls above a 3.5. For most APA-approved programs, their website will have somewhere we you can find stats of successfully admitted applicants over the past few years. What is your overall GPA? The best ways to compensate for a low GPA if you are applying this cycle with that GPA would be: (1) have posters and ideally a publication in a peer-review journal, (2) have a stellar GRE score for schools that care about it, (3) take the Psych GRE if possible and score very well. If you don't have posters/pubs and a good GRE/psych GRE, you may
  15. I did this and got in on the first round I applied. Just don't spend *too* much of the SOP focusing on this. If you want my example SOP, I am happy to share via DM.
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