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Clinapp2017 last won the day on June 21 2018

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  1. Narrowing down your focus would be advisable. This is too vague and won’t gel well with mentors. I would pick at least a handful of disorders that interest and what neuropsychological/clinical aspect you are most interested in pertaining to these disorders.
  2. Any research experience? Without it, Clinical neuropsych is probably off the table (more competitive than general clinical, IMHO, simple because there are less clinical neuropsych folks out there). What about pursuing an MD where you can focus on basic science and work with patients? Or does medicine not interest you?
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    Accepted PhD Position But Now Want to Decline

    A phrase "a bird in the hand is better than two in the bush" comes to mind. My opinion as a student who hopes to be a PI one day: backing out now for any reason besides a major illness or personal problem would be terrible, if not black-ball you outright from that bridge and any bridges connected to that bridge. The field of psychology (and whatever sub-discipline you care about) is really small. If you piss off even a small handful of people (your PI, that program, any students), word can travel fast to other institutions. As has been noted elsewhere, plenty of good PIs come from not "top-tier" schools. In fact, the top-tier thing isn't really an issue in some disciplines (e.g., clinical) relative to other disciplines; what matters is your scholarly output. Will you be able to generate a lot of pubs/posters/etc. with your mentor at the place you have accepted? If so, it's okay. A lot of people get cold feet (me included, and I am in a wonderful lab at a wonderful program in a great city). I would encourage you to sit this out and not back out and burn the bridges.
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    Fall 2020 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD

    This is a bare minimum. As mentioned, a 160/160 (or 320 combined) will clear most hurdles for sure.
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    Overwhelmed by the transition to Doc Student

    If you have other students in your lab who are more senior or older students in the program, you should connect with them when you move to your new location. I moved across the country to a city I had only visited twice before, and connecting with them was great as it helped me get some friends and feel like I could get a lay of the city and stuff before school started.
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    Fall 2020 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD

    1. It helps, for sure. I would advise taking the psych GRE, if you can, to demonstrate efficacy in all psych concepts you may be missing. But probably not required if you majored in psych and now have an MA in it. 2. TA experience is not considered, really. What would be better is RA experience and/or posters/pubs to prove research productivity. 3. There are lots of threads throughout here on advice. I'd say if you can clear hurdles with GPA and GRE, I would really spend a lot of time working on your personal statement. This makes or breaks a lot of applications. Really tailor it to ALL programs you are applying to and the work of specific mentors. Tell your story... what got your interested in psych (DO NOT DISCLOSE YOUR OWN MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS)? what did you do in college to learn about it,? what did you do in MA program? What is your research experience? What are your goals? How does attending such and such school help you meet those goals?
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    Clinical Scientist v. Scientist-Practioner

    My opinion: Schools declaring they won’t seek APA again are bluffing. APA runs this country in terms of internship and beyond, so let’s be real. Also my opinion: the terms are largely manufactured, pedantic distinctions that were made so some people could get some fluff publications about “ways to advance the field.” The best programs will provide you will solid training to go either direction or balance both on the clinician vs scientist spectrum.
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    Can a lab manager position hurt PhD admission chances?

    No, it doesn't hurt. If you are able to stay for 1.5-2 years and get some posters and (even better) 1-2 publications, even better.
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    dear psych students, what would be the best route

    I am not sure why you needed to open a second thread on the same topic instead of posting in the thread you already made about this topic a couple of days ago... I have nothing to add except that I firmly believe a research assistant position would be wise to apply for and work at for ~2 years after undergrad if you do not have research experience now and want to pursue a PhD in Clinical that from a non-diploma-mill institution. I am also not sure what you mean by "job in the field" with your MA in psychology. I echo the above in saying that many MA in psych programs are not license-eligible, fundamentally meaning your "jobs in the field" after the MA would be completely unrelated to your training in most cases.
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    prospective psych grad student advice

    If you want to be a “clinical psychologist” you need a doctorate to officially hold that title in the USA. If you get an LMHC you can be a therapist/counselor. The latter is usually more expensive (assuming you pursue a funded PhD) but takes less time. Do you want to do research or clinical work? The somewhat fallacious (but also true) split is that PhD in clinical work value research whereas most PsyD and masters programs do not. The clinical training, frankly, is equal at both, you are just more prepared to innovate and disseminate new diagnostic and treatment tools with a PhD in clinical psych.
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    Moving expenses?

    You can always ask. A person I know from limited means is getting $2000 to move (not even that far) to an ivy for grad school. It will be reimbursed later, so not upfront money, but better than nothing.
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    Tips for last minute inteviews?

    Same as any other skype interview. Do your homework, be well-dressed, ensure internet connection if possible, etc. Good luck and congrats!
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    Fellowship Oppurtunities for Phd Programs

    You can always apply for F31s from NIH agencies, though research fitting the definition of a clinical trial (even in small scale) is not acceptable as of December 2017. So, you can investigate clinical phenomena, but as soon as you attempt to implement an intervention this is not a valid mechanism for predoctoral students. Google is a good resource for this, though I’m also happy to field questions. It gives you up to 3 years of funding, though direct costs available to you are low of course.
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    They'd contact you for some sort of interview (phone or skype is likely if you live far away).
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    Fall 2019 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    That is generally my impression of how this works (coming from the other side of the process now).

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