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Everything posted by PsyDGrad90

  1. One of the biggest factors is research experience with products (posters and publications). You could try and see if you can get either a paid RA position at a college in your area, or even volunteer if that's feasible. Also, look at the pre-reqs that the PhD programs require. Since none of your degrees are in psychology, you may not have the pre-req courses. You don't need an MA, so look to see if you can get the research and required coursework in other ways. Also, be mindful that you are looking at schools in a highly competitive and coveted area, which may make the process more difficult.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. William Paterson University for Clinical Psych PsyD!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. I agree with Sherrinford. I would place degree of funding and APPIC match rates and EPPP pass rates as the top priorities. Especially if you want to go into private practice, the salary estimates can vary greatly, and if you're starting off only making about $60k-$70k a year but have $200k of student loan debt, you're going to have a really hard time financially for awhile after graduation.
  18. If you've been in contact with any of your POIs, you can ask them where they feel you can improve your application. It really is a crappy situation. I felt so dejected when I didn't get an interview at my top choice school (I had a really positive back and forth with my POI too). Clinical programs are just so incredibly competitive that sometimes it is just luck. I have 3 years of research experience, a 1st author publication, and 3 years of working full time with my population of interest, and I only got 1 interview (and still waiting to hear back on that). The way I've been coping is just reminding myself that the competition is fierce, but I really believe this is my intended career path. I've talked to some people that push forward and others who look at MA level credentials such as a licensed counselor or LCSW. I feel like a lot of it is really examining your end goals and seeing what you need to do to get there.
  19. I feel your pain. UTK was my dream school.
  20. The biggest thing PhD programs care about is research. Make sure to spend that time in the labs to present posters/try to publish. You could also try applying for research assistant jobs.
  21. Just be careful with this, as CUDCP rules state you are only supposed to hold 2 offers at a time. Granted, I don't know how they can really enforce these rules, but I was told by a DCT that their program strictly follows that.
  22. I would just ask your mentor. Hopefully, they are looking to help you grow as a researcher, and would not be upset with you for asking (as that is counter intuitive from being a mentor). The conversation really becomes who is listed as 1st author. You may want to ask other lab members about their experiences. Some faculty insist on 1st author because the project as a whole is theirs, others allow students 1st authorship because they put in all the work on that specific poster/presentation.
  23. No one can tell you how your parents will respond, as that's entirely dependant on their personalities. Based on your mother's comment of the world doesn't need anymore psychologists, she may not understand the extent of what psychologists can do. You just have to come out and tell them. They'll figure it out soon enough when you start applying for programs. My advice would be to just outline to them exactly what you wrote in this post: OT doesn't excite you, you've been working in a psych research lab, and you want to switch trajectories. After all, that's part of what undergrad is all about.
  24. While it isn't the ideal, these stats are definetely an improvement over past years. Hopefully this trend continues.
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