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  1. Hk328

    What can I write in my Personal Statement?

    Your statement is where you explain what your goals are and how the school fits into those goals. You want to create a narrative of how everything you've done and the opportunities at that specific university (POI, practicum sites, etc) will help you achieve that goal.
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    I agree with Clinapp2017. Your credentials seem really good. I just wanted to add that you want to make sure your SOP explains why you specifically want a doctorate when you have your MSW, and showcase the strong research interests. Also, be wary of some of the for-profit schools, as people who have license-eligible masters degrees are their prime targets (you have the PhD but use your masters level credentials for licensing purposes).
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    First gen undergrad student seeking some advice

    As a 1st gen student, I definitely understand the difficulty of navigating a completely alien system. It sounds like you have a lot of research experience, which is really important. You mentioned a potential co-authorship, which is great. Do you have any posters or anything you've presented that's come out of your research? You want to try to present at conferences and get your work out there to show schools that you can produce your own work. Also, when picking programs, you want to focus on research fit more than location. Graduate school is nothing like undergrad in the sense that when you apply to doctoral programs, you are applying to work in a specific lab with a specific professor. You need to apply to faculty who are doing the type of work you want to do. Getting advice on online forums is always great, but I would also encourage you to speak with your faculty mentors at your college. These are the people who will most likely be writing your letters, and they can help you tremendously with this process (at least I was very fortunate to have a faculty mentor who answered a lot of my questions and helped me present at conferences and publish).
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    MA in Child Development

    I would start off by figuring out what specifically the end game is and then work backwards. What are your actual career goals? What would you like to be doing in your day to day? You can "work with children" in so many capacities, from working as a school aide, doing ABA, or being a clinician. It's hard to say whether or not a program is a good fit if you aren't sure what it's fitting.
  5. It's up to you if you feel the networking opportunity is worth it, but you shouldn't put conference attendance on a CV. However, if you know that a few particular faculty you're interested in will be there and you can speak with them, that may be a good foot in the door. If you volunteer, that may be a different story, but I'm not sure. I would maybe talk to your advisor about that one.
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    MA in Child Development

    What do you mean by a career in child psychology specifically? If you want to be a clinician, than an MA level degree would have to be either a mental health counseling or social work degree. If you want to be a child psychologist, then you need to do a doctorate, as "psychologist" is a protected term.
  7. Most Psychology doctoral programs are set up in a way that it takes 5 years to complete (4 years of coursework and dissertation and then the 5th year is your year-long internship). Variances are largely based on if your dissertation takes more time to complete (and sometimes if you enter a program with an MA you can count some classes, which can shorten your length of time). I would be wary of any program that promises less time because the amount of information you need to learn and the skills you practice take time, so while you may get out of school faster, you may have a harder time getting licensed in your state if the program doesn't give you all the predoctoral hours you need for licensure.
  8. I'm not 100% sure, but I think the EdD has largely been phased out in favor of the Phd/PsyD. What is the difference between an EdD in Educational Psychology and a PhD in School Psychology? I just tried to Google EdDs on Educational Psychology, and the only results were for online programs like Capella and Walden, and an old program that has been placed in moratorium by Boston University.
  9. Do you have any posters or talks at national conferences? Because of the heavy research component of PhDs, they want to see strong research experience, and a big part of research is sharing the information with the community, which is why people publish or present at conferences. Volunteering may still yield successful products, and if you contribute heavily, you may not be 1st author, but even being 3rd or 4th author means something. Is it possible for you to present any of your past research at a conference?
  10. It's definitely good to reach out to your advisor to show them you're proactive. However, it sounds like you already did that and they said to relax (which is probably the nice way of saying they want to have some down time as well). If you still want to be productive, take the summer to refine those research ideas you already have. Starting the fall with 2 or 3 really well thought-out research ideas to show the PI out of the gate will show them the "go getter" attitude you clearly have. Emailing them again runs you the risk of them getting annoyed by you. Chances are, if they wanted you to start helping out, they'd tell you. I'm in a similar situation with Psygeek, where my PI emailed me for a data collection opportunity.
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    undergraduate coursework is lacking...

    If you meet the pre-reqs and everything else in your application is strong, you should be ok. Just make sure to tie in the skills you bring with you from your undergrad major to your psych career in your SoP. A lot of skills from other disciplines can transfer to psych, so just make sure to address that.
  12. Be careful with that. Clinical psychology MA programs are not usually license-eligible. Mental Health Counseling programs typically are. Psychology MAs typically do not lead to a practicing license. MHC programs are under CACREP and you are usually a licensed counselor (which is different from a counseling psychologist).
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    How to make the most of my undergrad years..

    Research! Research! Research! That is one of the biggest things programs look at. You want to try to get conference poster presentations and even possibly a publication out of the research. This shows that you are academically productive and not just doing basic coding and menial lab tasks.
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    making up undergrad deficits

    Yeah, that's definitely a specific niche. I would see if you can maybe reach out to someone in the departments, like a current student, and see if you can get an understanding of how heavily they look at undergrad science courses. A lot of times research experience and GREs really trump undergrad course work anyway. You definitely want to make sure your quant score is up there. I would stay away from online classes for the hard sciences anyway, as you miss the lab component of the class. Maybe look into a community college course?
  15. A lot of it depends on what it is you want to do with the MA. Are you looking to get an MA level license and practice, or are you looking to get an MA to boost your research experience/psych GPA to be more competitive for PhD programs later down the line? For licensing, look at your specific state, but typically mental health counseling (CACREP accredited), MSW, and MFT programs are license-eligible. The MSW seems to be the most portable from state to state. For these, ask how many alumni are fully licensed and practicing. Also, look at cost. You don't want to be shelling out like $100k in student loans for a job that will pay anywhere between $40k and $60k a year on average. If you are more interested in an MA as a stepping stone, the key is research. Do they have faculty that match your research interests? Is there a formal thesis? Some MAs even provide funding. Ask about how many of their students go into fully funded doctoral programs, and what type of programs.

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