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  1. 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/research for now. From what I am seeing from the professors at my university, most are taking this time to catch up on writing publications and writing grants, and putting less emphasis on running new studies. Just my n=1, lol
  2. 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.
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    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.
  4. I'd go with professor A, I think her letter would add to what is already being stated by your other recommenders. Just be sure to ask if she can write a strong letter of recommendation for you, if she says yes, then you're golden. If she has any reservations to that request, then go with professor B
  5. It depends on what the research culture of the school is (i.e. R1, R2, R3... is it a big school focused on research, or a small school focused on teaching). Big schools with high research focus/funding tend to fund graduate students through money coming in from the PI's research grants. Smaller teaching oriented schools tend to be based on departmental funding.
  6. Have you considered checking out the counseling and psychological services offered at your school? Usually your university should have free individual therapy sessions you can attend (they will likely be given via telehealth due to COVID) as well as group therapy services, where the group is centered around a topic (I know my school had a group on race issues and another group on trauma, maybe yours does too?). It may be helpful, and I certainly benefitted from individual therapy at my school when I was going through some major stressors. It may also help to get an official diagnosis and help with obtaining accomodations from your school's office of disabilities.
  7. PsyD programs that have little emphasis on research are often crazy expensive and not worth the debt. Reputable PsyD programs often have a significant research component, so its important to have a strong research background to be competitive. It also helps that you have tech/coding experience - its extremely valuable in the research world. The next question to ask yourself is, what do you want to do with the degree? If you want to do therapy, you could practice with a masters degree in social work, or with an masters program leading to a LPC certification. These routes are substatially shorter than a doctoral degree (2 yrs vs. 5-7 yrs). If you want to do assessment, thats when you need a doctoral degree.
  8. Usually journals have a guidelines for authors section where you can find that information. Some journals will have a publication fee if they are strictly open access journals. But most have the option to either pay a publication fee to make your article open access, or to not go that route and publish for free.
  9. I felt like I was able to make that transition in to grad school work, but today I just felt like everything was crashing down around me. 20hr GA with a professor other than my thesis mentor, 4 classes with intense work, looking up articles to begin the thesis, and a few extra hours working in my thesis mentor's lab, falling behind on a manuscript, and the readings/assignments for class take so much time too! Commuting alone takes close to 10 hours a week. To top it off, I don't really have enough time to eat/prepare food during the day and not enough money to eat food out on my stipend. Most days I eat food, but less than is healthy. I don't even feel hunger anymore but I get stomach pain from not eating enough. I think I'm just spiraling and I know others are in worse situations but I just needed to express my feelings somewhere.
  10. Hey everyone, I am a first year clinical psychology doctoral student, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips or suggestions on how to digest and remember the content of the course readings you have? I currently have all the pdfs stored on my tablet where I highlight and annotate things I think are important from the journal articles and book chapters we have to read. I think the journal articles will be easier to remember because they have a central idea, but I guess I'm stumped with picking out relevant and irrelevant information from the (very long) book chapters. Any advice is appreciated, thanks!
  11. The 4 years of bio experience will not go to waste. In your SOP you can talk about it in the context of the skills you've built as a researcher. For example how the experience has lead to growth in doing research more independently (have you tested hypotheses, used critical thinking, digested the literature, conducted analyses and presentations?) Since these are all transferable skills needed to be a graduate student in clinical psych. For your other question on how long to work in a psych lab, it really depends more so on your productivity. So that is more dependent on your PI, what opportunities you have, and how long it takes to get them done.
  12. Definitely read at least the first page on this post, there is some excellent advice that really helped with my SOP. Yes mention professors and labs you are interested and explain research fit. I think you can list up to three, although I usually only mentioned two. Also you can list professors that you haven't emailed.
  13. Besides Baylor and Rutgers which are the top programs you should be looking at, I've also heard University of Indianapolis, Roosevelt University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvannia are decent programs that offer some or full tuition aid through assistantships.
  14. I've had 2 RA positions, position 1 was through applying to places, and position 2 I got through networking. From position 1, I had 3 interviews - a phone interview, in-person interview, and HR interview. Phone interviews are usually used to narrow down the pool of applicants, in-person to determine a single applicant (usually) and the HR interview was a formality. For position 2 I had one in-person interview and that was it. The questions were not too different in the phone and in-person interview, but in-person you get to really ask more about specifics since you'll be in the environment you could potentially be working in. Hardest questions I've gotten is "If your job is great, why would you want to leave your current position?" and "Why are you interested in this job if your career goals are in a different field?" Sometimes it is hard to spin these kinds of questions, but be prepared for them and always have a positive response. The advice I would give is to be enthusiastic and engaged, smile, and demonstrate your curiosity and scientific thinking by asking thoughtful questions about their research. It would also help to at least skim some abstracts before the interview. Hope this helps!
  15. I applied first when I was 24 and didn't get in. At 25 I applied again and got in! Overall, I'd say the timing was good. I am one payment away from paying off my undergrad loans and I've have ~3 years of post-undergrad work experience in various semi-related fields to what I want to study. The time working after undergrad gave me time to mature, figure out what research I am really interested in, and it solidified my passion to go back to school to complete the doctorate.
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