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higaisha last won the day on March 8

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  1. higaisha

    Conferences Unrelated to your Application Program: Worth it?

    I think you answered your own question--if its "somewhat related", its worth the investment. What you described has relevance on a lot of clinical topics, seems like a no-brainer--but only if you have the means. Money spent on a conference is basically never wasted (extra apps though...thats questionable )
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    Accepted PhD Position But Now Want to Decline

    Agreed, I wouldn't fear "burned bridges" so much as being stuck in a program for several years of your life where you're unhappy/anxious about career prospects. Every field is small, sure, but I think the people spinning this 'blackball' scenario are making the situation far more dire than it is. Yes its a bad scenario should you back out now, but pretty sure PIs have bigger things to worry about than spending their careers and time punishing a student for making a medium-sized mistake. Maybe switching subfields may be a better idea to avoid all the hullaballoo.
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    Fall 2020 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD

    I don't think a rewrite would hurt. I'm at 157/153 so I definitely am in dire need of a rewrite lol. 80/70th p seems like a soft cut off for schools that I'm looking at, so if I cant get 160/160 I'd have to change around my school list a lot.
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    Fall 2020 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD

    I think 160/160/5 is a good score anywhere, I'm gonna try to shoot for that (may be impossible for math LOOLOLOL we'll see)
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    American applying to a Canadian school? (University of British Columbia)

    Qualitatively, I think NIMH is a bit more formulaic, especially with their RDoC initiative, which gives investigators a general idea of what to lay out. From what I've seen in clinical psych, a certain 'group' of researchers in the states, mainly people who are involved in translational work may be more likely to hold the bulk of the research $$$. Not sure if thats the case for CIHR, because it seems pretty spread out across institutions. Would love to learn more! Ehhh, the pendulum of funding swings with politics, recent elections in both countries means nothing is certain and recent policies might get cut in transitions.
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    Fall 2020 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD

    pending GRE rewrite, got 15 or so schools on my hitlist
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    American applying to a Canadian school? (University of British Columbia)

    Thats also a big deal, some programs don't accept internationals because they'd likely have to fund them themselves for at least a portion of their graduate schooling. This is also the case at the doctoral level for federal funding, but some provincial awards are open to internationals. External funding seems like more of a cherry on the cake rather than a necessity in the US, because some schools do have endowments or more money set aside to guarantee funding, and stuff like NSF is pretty rare (from what I've seen). It seems to be easier to be an international in a phd program in the states than in canada, but I could be wrong.
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    American applying to a Canadian school? (University of British Columbia)

    Perspectives from a Canadian who's applying to Canada and the states 1) There are less opportunities, simply because there is less people compared to the states. There's still lots of demand for clinical psychologists 2) For licensure, most schools will prepare you for that province/state's licensure, with some states' requirements overlapping. Its not too different from the states. I think its best for you to keep the requirements of where you want to practice in mind as you complete your degree. There's equivalency between APA/CPA, but each country does prefer there own students for internship esp in light of current politics (hopefully will change). 3) Canada isn't all that research focused compared to the states for a lot of reasons. I think because there's less people, PIs really have to fight for external funding which can be unpredictable. There's a lot of possibility for students to be externally funded because schools are public and the govn sets aside a lot for funding for graduate students, but the pool dwindles as you get more senior in your career. It isn't really the case here that PIs will have like, multiple ongoing grants from NIMH. That is rare in clinical psych here, so doing research as your only gig is a bit challenging here. So generally low funds and not many TT posts takes the incentive out of focusing on pumping out research-focused graduates, so programs will generally focus on having more well-rounded scientist-practioner types. 4) UBC has a focus on training researchers, so regardless of the country-wide culture, their graduates have gone onto research careers and are an excellent choice if you like research (seems the clinical training is great too but didn't interview there). Not an expert on any of these, would love to learn more from people who did their training in the 'opposite' country. I love Canada, but I want to go to the US for the super research-y schools.
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    Another "help me with plan B" thread :(

    scroll up on the thread, two sites are listed by OP.
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    Rejection thread

    First time round right out of undergrad, rejected from all but interviewed at 2/5 so I'm okay with it. Currently looking for full time work, will continue on in research and try again this year or next (will also re-write GRE cuz that was a mess). We got this, taking extra time (even if involuntary) will make us more competitive next round!
  11. Ooo excited for when schools put their new faculty announcements up this summer, pretty much all the schools in Toronto were hiring this past year. Saw some job talks, wonder who went where.
  12. Congrats!! Nice success story to read about
  13. (This mainly goes out to people who buy into the politics/drama around accreditation and clinical psychology PhD training) Here's a bunch of questions. How big did training model and scientific orientation fit into your choice to apply to/accept an offer from a program? Within your program, do you find the relative emphasis on either science or practice comes at the expense of the other (mainly interested in clinical training quality at research-intensive schools)? How does the theoretical orientation of the program align with your career goals? It seems accreditation (at least in the US) has become more politicized recently, with some PCSAS schools declaring that they may not seek APA accreditation if it doesn't match their training standards and their students get equal opportunities for internships and the such. There's a lot of different opinions on how to best train clinical psychologists, and frankly, its a pretty interesting debate. I went to a scientist-practioner school for my undergrad, and while that's not representative of PhD training, I found the clinical department was lax on research productivity, with some exceptions. I'm aiming to apply to only PCSAS-accredited programs (bar a few), and I'm wondering what the general atmosphere is like in programs emphasizing the science of clinical psychology. My goal is to pursue a TT position but I understand things are subject to change, and while PCSAS schools sound like the best option for that, I would love to learn more about whether theoretical orientation plays as big of a role in training as recent controversies suggest. Spare the obvious "uhh just publish as much as you can","it depends on your PI and school durrr" ;)
  14. Unrelated but your supervisor's stuff sounds super cool
  15. Queens and Western LOOLLL the pain it burns. Conspiracy--they made their rankings lists and once psych got official rejections out they passed that onto the awards people and chopped the people who weren't accepted/waitlisted so we couldn't hold the awards and troll (decisions officially sent in as of end-of-march). Seems the only chance of having an award without an acceptance is if you were waitlisted/final short list...SIGH!!

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