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  1. First off, I'm so sorry to hear what you and your family have been going though. After reading what you've posted though, it might just be best to take an additional year before applying again. You're going through a lot, and rushing yourself to try to meet deadlines when you are exhausted might not be the way to go. Taking an extra year before applying can help space out your goals/milestones for applying, which will make the process less overwhelming. Not to mention, when you actually are in the PhD program, things get increasingly difficult and one of the reasons why people drop out is
  2. While I definitely understand the anticipatory anxiety that can come with applying, looking back, those gap years when I was working were great. Only having to work 40 hours a week back then meant that I had a lot of time to catch up with all my friends. I began saving month by month for a trip to travel around Europe, and I found my current LTR SO during that time (we've been together for more than 5 years at this point!). My advice is to live life to the fullest during those years, since the PhD at times can take up all of your free time and in essence, sometimes you have to place your life
  3. I took 4 gap years, and I think it was a great decision - working allowed me to start grad school debt free, and it allowed me to obtain a diverse skillset as well as develop more mature work-based communication styles.
  4. Remember they are looking at the whole package and your LORs are just one component. If your letters from last year were good, I wouldn't change them. Theres nothing wrong with reusing LORs from year to year. Even if there was something bad about that, I'm sure programs wouldnt be digging too deep to know if you reused your letters. I would not recommend the letter from the nannying job
  5. There are a lot of good questions you have in your last post, that can be answered by reading this: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://mitch.web.unc.edu/files/2017/02/MitchGradSchoolAdvice.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwi6vIuc-KXsAhXIpXIEHboDChoQFjAAegQICxAC&usg=AOvVaw3UbQzDdWDrXVeX0-L58VK9 Hope it helps!
  6. You might want to flesh this out a little bit more. Think about how working as a therapist or researcher will help you advocate for women and children that have gone through abuse. I can certainly see this though the research route. Through the therapy route, you may be mostly treating the emotional effects related to the abuse. You may want to get an idea of what the day to day activities are really like in research and in therapy to see if you want to pursue these in the long term. Without knowing all of the little processes that go into providing therapy and conducting research, you may be
  7. This happened to me with one of my letter writers back when I was applying, and it actually turned out she was on maternity leave, therefore not checking her email, and I left her some voicemail messages at her office. She got into contact with me shortly before the deadline and was able to write a letter. Just putting out this experience to help quench some of your fears. Would recommend calling her office number.
  8. The rest of your application looks pretty good and while your scores may be lower than the averages at some schools, I think its worth it to apply. Committees tend to look at the whole package, and your undergrad/masters GPA look good and are a marker of your academic ability. The two things I could suggest to make your application stronger are to keep progressing on those papers you are working on, and spend the time learning R to proficiency. R in particular is a major plus to have in your repertoire and many POI's look at this experience favorably.
  9. Cognitive assessments like the WAIS and general mood and personality measures can be used in general clinical work. The thing that is not so kosher is using neuropsych assessments (and I'm guessing also forensic assessments too?) when you do not have the training (or your supervisor does not have the training) to understand and interpret the measures. As I understand it, this would be a violation of the ethical standard regarding competence.
  10. At the end of the day there is no high tier, mid tier etc. for doctoral level training. The things you should be looking at for the programs you are applying to are: 1. How good is the research fit 2. Does the program philosophy match up woth my needs? In clinical programs this is: Clinical science-heavily focused in research, but you will still get basic therapy skills taught Scientist-practitioner-mix of research and clinical training 3. Look at the outcome data to see how many applicants a program gets each year and gow many people they admit - this will give you an
  11. I'm in the second cohort of a newly established program, and it hasn't really hindered me in any way. We currently have accreditation on contingency but didn't when I started the program. Its always worth it to apply and then assess after interview day if you think its worth attending. Overall I'd say that if you make it to interview day, try to get a good grasp on how organized and prepared the DCT and faculty are in applying for accreditation. Be sure to ask questions about the process. If they appear prepared I'd think its less of a risk than you would imagine.
  12. Not sure if this was mentioned, but another point is that as a grad student, you may at some point hold a position of power over the undergraduate or people in their social circle whom you both associate with. For example if you were TAing, or managing a lab where the undergrad or people in her/his social circle were either your students or research assistants. An imbalanced relationship in this context may blur the lines of consent.
  13. Agreed with Psyduck90, I wouldn't advise applying to chicago school. Of your other 2 options, a quick look at the outcomes data shows that GWU has larger cohorts and is much more expensive (46,000) compared to Loyola (31,000, smaller cohorts =more individualized attention from the faculty to help you meet your goals). As a side note, it is also important to see if you want to pursue a doctoral degree. If you only want to do therapy, then a 2-3 year masters level degree may be more suited to your needs. You can do therapy as a MSW, or as an LPC (typically through masters in counseling or s
  14. It could be worth it, if you have some research project you are working on, to try to present a poster at a conference. Its getting easier to do this now that almost all the conferences are virtual. You could present a poster on a literature review you are doing, i've seen posters like that at conferences I've been to. It may be easier than trying to publish a paper. As the other posters said though, even for a poster presentation would be good to get some supervision from a grad student/post-doc/PI in your lab to make sure the abstract is accepted. There are a lot of other skills that go
  15. Do you have any poster presentations? 1 pub should be ok, I don't think you should focus on getting another one (esp since app deadlines are around November/December and the publishing process can take a lot of time), and def don't use your money to publish in an open access journal. I've only seen PI's do that if they had grant money put aside for that expense. Think you should also take the time to narrow your research interests a little bit and consider your research goals as they relate to the research of the POI's you are considering. I.e. see what the researchers you are interested
  16. You can put ones that are in-prep so long as a substantial chunk of it is written.
  17. Agreed. And at some points in your training you feel like you've really mastered a good academic writing style, based on Mentor A. Then you end up working with a new person, Mentor B. Mentor B's writing style is different from A and now you have to start all over lol. Red everywhere, It can be really frustrating! But part of the process, and we get better, more flexible writing styles we can decide to use when we are independent writers. (Well, until a reviewer doesnt like your writing style 🤣)
  18. Your GRE scores look great - from my application cycles most schools averages for admitted students were around 160 v 160 q. So I definitely think you are within range. Be sure to address the upward trend in your grades in your SOP. The GPA could or could not hurt you depending on what the school is looking for. I think it could be worth it to apply to a mix of PhD programs and some masters programs (try to look for funded ones). Though consider the costs of applying. I did 2 cycles and each cost me close to 1000 dollars in application fees. Not everyone has the money so if you feel that it wo
  19. Always apply to APA accredited schools that offer funding. The PhD is a long route 5-7 years and even if you are funded, its barely enough for one person to live on, let alone a family. Taking on an unfunded program will mean that you would be in significant debt for a much longer time and you would need much longer than finishing your program to just "break even" with your finances. It looks like you are geographically restricted and are considering this when applying for grad school, but it is also important to think about this when you apply for internship and post-doc. These applicati
  20. As far as I know, PAU is incredibly expensive. Also, be wary of programs that have a specialized focus of interest/specialized tracks. Often, but not always, its just a marketing tool to get people to pay high amounts of tuition. If you are interested in LGBTQ issues and want to research in this area, find a funded school with a research mentor that studies the population. As well, most clinical psychology programs do cover how to work with LGBTQ populations in your multicultural psychology course.
  21. Montclair state university's masters program also has funding for a few students (need to apply for an assistantship). It is not license eligible though.
  22. I've been rejected before and I know they can sting. There are a lot of factors that go into the publishing process. From what I've seen it could be: 1. The journal is very selective and publishes only a small percentage of submissions (often seen with journals with a high impact factor). Even if your article is great it can still be rejected since competition is high. 2. The article did not quite fit the scope of the journal. Its always important to read the guidelines for authors section, which includes info about the scope to see if it fits. (Scope can be a bit subjective, AFAIK i
  23. I'm a current doctoral student - at my university (in the U.S.) there were a few undergrad RA positions that were for online research, so that was an option at least in the beginning of the summer. I'm not sure if this will work, but be sure to mention that you could do tasks remotely for the lab or in person. For example they may need help with conducting literature reviews and may be able to assign you some articles to read and summarize for them in the meantime, while in-person activities are not available. Maybe they could even give you remote tasks to just become familiar with the lab/res
  24. Agreed with the above posters. When you are researching schools that you want to apply to, make sure to check if they have any prerequisite psych classes you need to take before applying to/entering the program. If this is not available on their website, you can reach out to an administrative assistant to the program/department and see if they know the prerequisites they require. Your degree shouldn't be an issue. As well, for school psychology you can practice with a master's degree+certification, so you may not need to apply for doctoral programs if you choose that path in the U.S.
  25. They'll mostly look at GRE scores, GPA, and related work experiences. One part of the application process is your statement of purpose essay - here, if your non-psychology work experience has provided you with a skill set that is applicable to tasks involved in your graduate studies, you can emphasize these skills and how you think they will be helpful in your graduate degree.
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