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    2018 Fall
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    Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. Montclair State University for Clinical Psychology PhD
  9. In addition to the other poster's advice, you can also check out the app duolingo. I used it to learn german for a trip I took a while ago. I'm not sure how long it will take to become fluent using the app though.
  10. As someone, who just got into a Clinical PhD program in my second round of applying, I'd like to also say that knowing how to apply makes all the difference. In my first round, I wrote my SOP more like a undergrad college essay. I didn't know that there were unwritten (not in the prompt) rules of what should or should not be in the SOP. I googled what the essay should look like, but the samples available online were not of quality. It wasn't until I started reading more and inquiring on gradcafe and on sdn that I got a better idea of what was necessary. I've seen a lot of my friends apply for medical school, and in their undergrad institution there is a dedicated pre-med office for navigating the ins and outs of the application process. I haven't seen an office like that at my alma mater for applying to PhDs. So my advice is to reach out to people that have gotten in and ask as many questions as you can about the process. Edit: This thread helped me a lot with the SOP -
  11. Hey guys, not sure if this has been answered already, but how much should we know about research interests for faculty that will be interviewing us, but are not the POI at a PhD program interview?
  12. Hey, I've only been to one interview so far, and they did not ask for/need copies of my CV. But I think it's good to have it available (put a couple of copies in your padfolio, just in case).
  13. If it makes you feel any better, last year I didn't apply to 2 programs that I thought were great fits, for various reasons. I felt the same way you did last cycle. I applied to them this year and didn't get in anyway. Regardless, I'm very glad to get the opportunity to interview at two programs I've received invites for this year
  14. I recently got this question at an interview, I think this is more of a behavior-based question. Strengths should be characteristics about yourself that can help with the work at the program you are interviewing at (i.e. are you resilient, hardworking, team-oriented, inquisitive...etc?). And weaknesses should be something that you can show that you have been working to overcome. Just one opinion though, YMMV.
  15. Thanks for your reply! I checked the application portal, but nothing is there. I think I might email the program and see what's up.
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