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  1. The biggest thing that programs care about is research experience. Try to get some stuff out there: present posters or talks at conferences (preferably national ones). The non-research experiences you've amassed are definitely a benefit as long as you discuss their value appropriately in your SOP. Based on my experiences applying this cycle and having read a lot of threads on here and SDN, make sure your GRE scores meet cut offs and that you have solid research experience. You have some clinical experience, which is good. I wouldn't worry too much about adding more. If you only focus on 2 things, I'd suggest they be research and GRE scores.
  2. Licensed mental health counselors and LCSWs are both an important part of the mental health field. The majority of clinical practice is performed by MA level clinicians. Psychologists tend to focus more on assessments and the like. If this friend of yours wants to pursue a PhD down the line, he may consider choosing a different program or seek outside research opportunities. It's not a scam. It's just a different career in the same field. This may be regional, but if you look up affordable mental health providers, most providers will end up being MA level clinicians.
  3. It depends on the program, but the PsyDs with a better reputation follow that model as well. Even if they don't, you will need to pick a mentor and research lab at some point in the program, so you still want to make sure people are doing what you're interested in. Otherwise, you may have a hard time when doing your dissertation.
  4. One of the most important things to consider is research fit. Most schools work on a mentor model, meaning you are applying to work with a specific professor. Therefore, you want to look at programs individually and examine the research being done and how well it matches with your interests. That is how you pick schools. From there, you can look at their admissions outcomes: average GPA and GRE scores of incoming students and try to make sure you are within those ranges. Most programs look at your application as a whole, with research and publications and posters as the most important. Keep in mind, clinical psych programs are incredibly competitive, so even if everything is perfect, you may still not get into a program the 1st application cycle.
  5. Hk328

    can I copy and paste my own work within a single essay?

    I agree with the other posters. Also, OP, it may be a good idea for you to check out your school's writing center. They can assist you to improve your understanding the finer nuances of citations and essay structure. They can also provide you with much better writing advice, as they can physically see the paper you're working on.
  6. Hk328

    Stony Brook Psychology - Any opinion?

    They are a top ranked program, but they are more heavily on the research/academic side. It depends on OP's goals. If they are looking for a balanced program, they may not be the happiest at Stony Brook. A lot of PCSAS schools can play that power move because manybgraduates do not pursue licensure and therefore do not care about APA accreditation status. This is evidenced by Stony Brook's 65% licensure rate. So its definitely a great program, but not necessarily the right type of program based on what OP's goals may be.
  7. Hk328

    Stony Brook Psychology - Any opinion?

    I don't know anyone currently going there, but I did hear that they are considering not renewing their APA accreditation in favor of PCSAS. I don't know when they're up for renewal, but that is something I'd look into because that may limit you if they are not APA accredited when you would potentially graduate.
  8. Hk328

    PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    I think they just send out mass rejections after the deadline. Very few schools, if any, will waitlist students who they did not interview. Often, enough students are invited to the interview weekends where they can create a waitlist from that pool. The programs are more focused on getting everything together for filling and funding the incoming cohort. Once that's done, they will probably send out all the rejections they didn't send yet. It sucks, but if you didn't interview for a program by this point, you can just assume you're getting a rejection at the end of the month.
  9. I did a joint ba/ma program, so I started grad school relatively young. However, I am just turning 28, and I will be starting a PsyD in the fall. I took several years to work in the field and publish my MA thesis before applying, and I feel like that time really helped me to narrow my focus on what it is that I want. You have to do what works for you. There really isn't a right age.
  10. Hk328

    PhD Final Decision Thread Fall 2018

    William Paterson University for Clinical Psych PsyD!
  11. Hk328

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    While social psychology programs aren't as competitive as clinical, there is still a lot of stiff competition. LA and NYC are two of the most desirable locations (any city on the coasts falls into this category), which significantly increases competition. If you are able to be more geographically diverse, I would recommend doing so. I would also consider trying to find some volunteer experience in traditional lab settings if at all possible. Try reaching out to faculty in the nearest college who do research similar to your interests.
  12. Hk328

    Mourning Top Choice Loss

    Hey all, I was just wondering if anyone else is feeling the same way. I didn't get accepted to my top choice school. Luckily, I did get accepted to a program I like with research that I'm excited about, but I can't seem to shake the sadness of my top choice rejection. Anyone else? I'm wondering how others have dealt with the conflicting emotions.
  13. That's very bizarre. All of the programs I looked at had the handbook downloadable on their website. I would be wary of that. Have you asked them why they will not provide it? I'm curious what the justification could be.
  14. Hk328

    "Reputation" of PsyD Program

    Not true. Many high quality PsyD programs require a dissertation and statistics, as well as research. Look at Baylor and Rutgers, which are two of the most prominent PsyD programs in the country. One of the purposes of the Vail model is to create practitioners that utilize and understand the science, and it is very difficult to be able to absorb the science correctly without having a good grasp on it. In order to understand a results section, you need to understand the stats. I applied to a combination of PsyDs and balanced PhDs, and every PsyD program I looked at requires stats courses and a dissertation.
  15. Hk328

    "Reputation" of PsyD Program

    May I ask why specifically you are interested in the PsyD over everything else? The only reason I ask is because there are a few misconceptions about PhD vs PsyD as well as PsyD vs MA level licensures.

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