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Everything posted by PsyDGrad90

  1. Age varies a lot, I believe. There are plenty of people who go in right after undergrad, which would make them around 21-22, and there are plenty of folks who wait awhile. I believe the specific programs would have more information. Also, the majority of your questions could have varying answers depending on the discipline. Typically, they take around 2 years, but that is also degree specific. The GPA is typically on a 4.0 scale, with 4.0 being the highest. Getting a 1.0 GPA would be very, very bad. Number of courses per semester is dependent on a variety of factors. Are you full time or part time? How many classes do you need for the degree? Again, employment is discipline specific, and I assume immigration-status specific. If you come to the US on a student visa, you may not be able to work. Lastly, socialization is really dependent on the culture of your particular program, the dynamics of the current students, and your personality. There is really no way to answer quality of life on here without knowing your specific discipline. It also would be dependent on your specific program and a better question for current students in the programs you're eyeing.
  2. I would suggest creating outlines first. If you have a specific outline and clear notes on your source papers, it can be a lot easier to cut down the amount of prep time you have. When I was writing my MA thesis, I had all the articles grouped by topics and annotated so that I knew where I wanted to use them. Taking the time to do a detailed outline of each section, including possible sources, can make a huge difference. Also, sometimes it's best to just start writing. Things can be edited later on. If you at least get some ideas down, that can make huge headway.
  3. As long as you wrote it, I don't see why not. They want an example of your writing and ability to create a competent narrative, hopefully within your field.
  4. I'm not sure, but I imagine if students are already registered, it may cause some bad blood between you and the university. Legally, they probably can't do anything because you haven't signed a contract, but you might sour an opportunity for adjuncting there in the future.
  5. You will probably get way more responses in the Psychology forum. However, as a general guideline, you want to stick with programs affiliated with universities rather than professional schools. A lot of professional schools have large class sizes and poorer training reputations. I would also suggest you look at balanced PhD programs in clinical psychology as well. There is actually very little difference between a reputable PsyD and a balanced PhD program, even in terms of how much research experience is required. For instance, Rutgers and Baylor are often regarded as top PsyD programs and they require a dissertation and lab work. Also, when searching for programs, make sure they are APA accredited. If they are not, you will not be eligible to go through the match system and complete an APA accredited internship. This will create a lot of difficulty in getting licensed in most states. APA accreditation is a minimum training standard, so a program that is not accredited may cause some red flags. There are PCSAS accredited programs, but they are primarily research focused and at this point probably have dual accreditation. In terms of making yourself a strong applicant: high GPA, high GRE, strong letters of recommendation, strong SOP, and research fit are all the factors that admission committees look for. I am about to start a PsyD program this fall, so I just went through the application process. If you have questions, feel free to PM me.
  6. What kind of job are you looking to get? Sometimes it's easier to pick what you want to do and then work backwards. With an experimental psych MA, there really isn't a whole lot you can do. A lot of full time researchers have PhDs rather than MAs.
  7. I would caution that if you have an interest in graduate study, you may have a very hard time getting into a good program if you go the online route for your BA. You will most likely not be able to develop close relationships with faculty who will then write your letters of recommendation, and you can't participate in a research lab, which is an important skill if you would like to get into a PhD or PsyD program.
  8. 1. Yes, you want to contact all potential PIs at all schools. The emails should be about your research interests meshing with theirs and asking questions about their current research. You want to make sure that you are not asking questions that are answered on the website or their lab web page. Also, ideally, try to send emails to all faculty at 1 school within the same day or so. That way it doesn't seem like you're just going for your 2nd choice or anything. 2. You may still have a chance if you don't email faculty, but the purpose of reaching out to PIs is to hopefully establish a rapport so that they remember you when looking at your application. 3. If a PI doesn't respond, you should still apply to the school. Some PIs just won't respond to prospective student emails. 4. Do not contact faculty after the deadline. If you make it to the interview round, they will invite you to the interview. If you know the interview date has passed and you did not hear anything, you can reach out to faculty for feedback on how to improve your application for the next cycle.
  9. I would also add to ask what kinds of jobs graduates get upon leaving the program and see if these align with your goals. Also, if your program requires some sort of licensure, how many graduates from the program achieve licensure soon after? You are going to a PhD to achieve a career goal, so you want to ensure that this program prepares students for that goal and many graduates end up in the type of positions you're interested in.
  10. Neuro psych is a subset of clinical psychology. You typically start with generalist training and then specialize as you get further into your training. I don't know anything specific about either of these programs, but I would say try speaking with current students in the program to get an understanding of how much potential there is for research and products (posters, publications, etc.) during your time as a student. These will be critical for your PhD applications, as programs are competitive and research skills are a crucial thing they look for.
  11. Hello all, I did a search and couldn't find anything. I am about to start a doctoral program and because I have an MA already, they are having me adjunct instead of TA. I will be teaching an undergrad class all by my lonesome. I was wondering if anyone has had similar experiences and has any advice for a 1st time professor!
  12. I would maybe do something like "I'm very interested in researching X, and I see that you and Professor A are currently working on Project Y, which sounds very intriguing. I'm aware Professor A is not taking a new student next year, but I was hoping to see if you will have funding for your lab. I would love to hear more about E, F, and G projects..." You really want the main focus of the conversation to be the research topics and ideas, especially because the department website will probably post who is and is not taking a new student next year in about a month of two.
  13. A big component to applications is research fit, even with PsyDs because you still need to do some research and complete a dissertation. All APA accredited programs are required to report admissions data, so you can look at programs with potential research fit and see what the average GPAs and GRE scores were for incoming students in the last years. You also want to look at these statistics in terms of the internship match rate (the higher, the better) and number of students admitted (the lower the better). In regards to the PhD/PsyD research and clinical dichotomy, a lot of research has shown that clinical PhD students actually have more clinical hours documented at the time of applying for internship than PsyDs, so there should not be that drastic a difference there. PhDs do end up doing more research work, but that's usually how they get funded rather than paying tuition and having to scrounge up jobs on the side.
  14. If your ultimate goal is a PhD, I would caution against an online MA. If you go for an MA, you want a research component. Online programs have a reputation for not providing the best training (even SNHU) so many doctoral programs will not take an applicant with online credentials that seriously because they have their pick of candidates. Also, it will be much harder to forge close relationships with faculty in an online program vs a traditional program.
  15. Faculty know you are reaching out to multiple professors. The applications request that you list all the faculty you are interested in, and the more successful candidates typically have at least 2 that are good research fits. I would just say that you are interested in x field and excited about y project and you already spoke to Professor A. If they regularly collaborate then they are probably friends and talk anyway. It may seem like you're weirdly hiding something if you don't mention reaching out to the other professor.
  16. You could definitely do a research based MA (culminating in a thesis), which could help your research experience and GPA issues. Some clinical PhD and PsyDs also allow you transfer some credits and your thesis. You could also try to get into a psych lab as a volunteer (or possibly a paid position) to up your research. The GRE and GPA are complimentary, so if you do really well on the GRE it can compensate for the lower GPA.
  17. I think asking your linguistics professor is fine, as she can speak to your research experience and as a student. When looking at interdisciplinary letter writers, it's best to pick someone who is still relevant and knows you well enough to provide an in depth letter because they know you personally.
  18. Any of the solid, reputable PsyD programs will still require research and be as competitive as PhD programs. The ones that are easy to get into are usually diploma mills with poor training. What is your end goal? You can also consider license-eligible masters programs such as MSW or Mental Health Counseling programs. When you graduate, you're able to get a clinical license to practice therapy, including private practice if you're so inclined. They just don't really do assessments and testing.
  19. You could also check out University of Houston, Sam Houston State University, and McGill (although they're in Canada). A good strategy to picking schools is looking at publications of interest and seeing where those faculty teach. You also want to have a somewhat more narrowed focus. When you say forensic, do you mean eye witness testimony, psychopathy, domestic violence, etc.? Forensic is still a relatively broad category. Whether or not to apply this cycle is a rough question. You can always try it and see what happens and get feedback from faculty in case it doesn't work out. The only thing you really lose is money. Faculty don't care if you reapply. That's actually relatively common. Applications are expensive, so a lot of it has to do with your financial situation. Research experience is one of the biggest things they look for. You have some, which is great, but having more never hurts. Having attended one of the schools you listed (not for PhD), I remember the faculty and some of the doctoral students talking during interview season, and research was a big decision making factor in who got interviews. Also, make sure your GREs are good, as a lot of schools use that as a filtering mechanism. Even though you're graduating, can you stay on in your current lab?
  20. I've heard that PhD programs typically prefer more research experience over clinical experience. They typically prefer to train you themselves and often find they have to "undo" prior training practices that may not be the best.
  21. Have you read the social worker code of ethics? I think variances in viewpoints exist in any field (for instance in psychology there are practitioners that have a behaviorist point of view and other who have a positive psychology point of view such as yourself, etc.) As long as you have no inherent issues with the code of ethics social workers abide by, the kind of practitioner you are once you become licensed is mostly up to you. And yes, if you are looking for a master's level licensure, the LCSW is typically more portable than an LPC. LCSWs also have the ability to bill Medicare, which LPCs cannot if I'm not mistaken. Just a side-note, there are no license eligible psychology masters programs. Mental health counseling is a counseling degree so you want to look for CACREP accredited programs. The APA does not accredit MA psych programs.
  22. For doctoral level programs, you really want to pick schools based on research matches, as you're often really applying to work with a certain individual for the following 5 years. I would suggest also looking at the APA website. They list all of the accredited programs in clinical and counseling psych and you can search by state. Also, one of the biggest things that may work against is you is the vast amount of degrees you have. Your SOP should really explain why you want this specific degree, as you seem to have bounced around quite a bit.
  23. You typically specialize later on in your training. You should, however, carve out a specific research interest prior to applying.
  24. I would echo what ResilientDreams said and also add that an MA in clinical psych is really just a stepping stone to a PhD. If you want an MA that you can practice with, then you want a Mental Health Counseling or MSW degree. If you are thinking of going to grad school and shooting for a PhD, then research fit is a major factor. You are typically not applying to the school, but rather that specific faculty member. And due to the competitive nature of PhDs, you usually do not want to geographically limit yourself to just 1 state.
  25. To my knowledge, the clinical psych program does not need to have a specific neuropsych track, but you want there to be faculty that does neuropsych research. The program should also be APA or CPA accredited. You need to make sure your practicums are assessment heavy so that you are competitive for a neuropsych internship and then a formal two-year neuropsych post doc.
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