i have some questions for those of you that have applied more than once to clinical psychology PhD programs and have gotten in:
1) What did you do differently?
2) If you contacted the school to ask about what areas of your application were weak, did you contact the PI or the admissions office? Phone call or email?
3) Do you think that having clinical research experience in many different fields could harm your application?
A little bit about my situation...
First time applying. Applied to 9 schools, but didn't hear back from any.
3.4 overall GPA, 3.7 major GPA, 158 V 151Q 4.5W GRE, 86th percentile subject GRE.
I don't have the money to pursue a master's degree to increase my GPA
Research: Have worked as a research assistant for 1 semester in a visual cognition lab (human participants), 2 years in a psychophysiology lab (human participants),1 semester in a neuropsychology lab (human participants), 1 year at a top-ranked hospital (doing unrelated clinical research on digestive diseases) and 1 year at my current job doing systems neuroscience research (animal/translational). In most of the positions, I have been running studies, collecting data, processing data, and I helped out with part of a manuscript that seems like it will never get published . In my current lab, however I have been able to work on projects independently from start to finish!
By next year I hope to have a third author publication, a first author publication, and 2 national conference presentations. I'm planning on retaking the GRE and applying to labs with a better fit.
Let me know if you have any advice on ways to improve!