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Everything posted by PsyDuck90

  1. One B is not going to derail your chances of getting into a clinical psych PhD. The main thing that they are really going to be looking at is your research productivity (posters, pubs, etc). As long as you meet the minimum GPA requirements, that's usually pretty low on the list.
  2. It's not uncommon for people to go a few rounds and, if the research fit is good, it makes sense to reapply to the same faculty.
  3. I would look up recently published journal articles within your area of interest and see where those researchers are working out of. However, keep in mind that there is usually quite a delay between when the research is done and then published. But you can then look at the faculty bios once you get the names.
  4. For any student, international or domestic, racking up that much debt for a PsyD is honestly not recommended. Also, the worthwhile PsyDs require research as well and require relatively extensive research experience previously. Most of the master's programs that lead to licensure will be about 60 credits. However, licensure varies from state to state, and programs typically align themselves with their state laws. Do you ultimately want to practice in the US or in India? If the latter, I would just make sure that whatever option you choose allows you to work in that capacity in India
  5. I think this is going to vastly depend on the individual project. I am partway through my dissertation and have spent $0 on it, as have most of my cohort. Most libraries will be able to get you the articles you need through inter-library loan services, so that should not be a cost. You can proof/edit your own work with also getting feedback from peers and your dissertation chair. Most universities also have a writing center that is free to students which may assist in proofing/editing. I can't speak to the costs related to trips to specific institutions, compensating specialists/experts, as th
  6. I second this. As an advanced grad student, I have enjoyed helping to answer applicant questions over the years on this forum. However, I personally don't have the mental bandwidth to add another thing to check.
  7. I second this. As an advanced grad student, I have enjoyed helping to answer applicant questions over the years on this forum. However, I personally don't have the mental bandwidth to add another thing to check.
  8. I agree with this advice. Also, any of the good PsyDs will have a very similar to nearly identical application process to balanced PhD programs. I'm in my 4th year of a PsyD, and I followed this pattern--2 academic letter writers from my psych masters and 1 clinical supervisor from my post-master's job. Most of those who were admitted to my program were similar.
  9. If your primary goal is to do therapy as a side-gig, I would look into MFT or social work programs. You can get licensed as a master's level therapist and work towards licensure that way.
  10. While California doesn't 100% require completing an APA-accredited doctoral program for licensure, it will make the licensing process infinitely easier because you have to prove the program meets those standards. Doctoral programs are full-time because all of the course work and clinical practicums take up the time of a full time job (arguably more so). Also, you cannot get an APA-accredited internship if you do not go to an APA-accredited program, nor can you even apply to non-accredited internships on APPIC, which is the application process for all formal internship programs. You would be le
  11. If you're interested in straight therapy, you don't really need a PhD. I would look into master's level programs that lead to licensure as either an LPC, LCSW (MSW degree), or MFT depending on the state. Licensure laws vary from state to state, especially for master's level clinicians, so it is best to get trained in the state you are most interested in practicing. An MSW tends to be a more portable degree than an LPC/MFT, and MSWs can bill Medicare, while LPCs cannot. This makes getting a job in a hospital system much easier with an MSW than an LPC. CACREP is becoming more important in
  12. To best help you, it's helpful to know what your ultimate career goal is. If you want to be a licensed therapist, there are many paths you can take. An MSW, an MA/MS, a PhD, or a PsyD can all lead to licensure. The question is what do you want your day to day to look like? Do you want to do therapy? If so, in what kind of setting? Do you want to also be able to do assessment, such as neuropsychological assessment? What kinds of populations do you want to work with?
  13. APA accreditation is only for PhD/PsyD programs in Clinical or Counseling Psychology (and School Psychology to some extent), as those are the ones that lead to clinical licensure. I don't know about all the schools you've mentioned, but for instance, Princeton does not have a Clinical or Counseling Psychology PhD program. Their psychology PhDs are strictly research focused. A Clinical or Counseling Psychology program has specific courses related to clinical practice and practicum experiences interwoven into the curriculum, which research only PhDs (like Social or Developmental) do not.
  14. Is there a reason you cannot ask your supervisor thus question? This is a forum for grad students and prospective grad students. No one here has the qualifications (i.e. licensure) to provide you a specific answer to your question.
  15. I would recommend you speak with the psychologist supervising your research, as no one on here is qualified to help you make diagnoses.
  16. What kind of a graduate program are you interested in? What kind of career would you like to have? From your post it isn't clear, and the advice will differ significantly if, for instance, you're asking about a master's in psychology vs. a master's in accounting.
  17. I don't think it would be considered plagiarism. However, if it is generic enough that the exact letter can be used for multiple students, it's not a very good LOR. You want your letter writers to be able to speak to your specific strengths and accomplishments.
  18. You can take them at a community college (not sure if they are a thing where you are), but in the US those credits tend to be pretty cheap. Also, look up the specific master's programs you are interested in and make sure what courses you actually need for those programs.
  19. It's about that time where we are seeing multiple students asking about their chances of getting into a program this next app cycle. Rather than having many threads about the same thing, it will be easier to have all these questions in one place.
  20. Your GPA isn't that bad. Average GPAs of admitted students hover around 3.5, so you're pretty much within the mean. Research fit is the biggest factor in applications. Also, make sure to do well on the GRE as a way to counterbalance the GPA. Make sure the POIs you apply to are a good research match and that you have great letters of recommendation.
  21. Do you have any research experience? Clinical Psychology PhD programs are very competitive, and applicants typically have several years of research experience along with a few posters/publications. Also, research fit is the biggest factor in acceptance. Are you applying to these programs because they are ivies or because there are faculty doing research you want there? Master's programs are a bit easier to get into than PhD programs, but you want to consider your goal with the masters. Are you using it as a stepping stone for PhD apps? If so, a program that provides strong research mentorship
  22. If you are a US citizen, your application will be viewed as a US citizen. Where you are living now won't really make any difference to them, especially if your whole educational history is in the US. Also, your husband's legal status is also likely not of relevance to the university. I would speak to an immigration attorney regarding your husband's status and options.
  23. Look for programs with faculty doing research that is a good fit for your interests. In the US, PhD programs primarily provide their own funding, as students typically work as research or teaching assistants in exchange for tuition remission and a stipend.
  24. Many research coordinator positions are 2 year contracts. This also gives you time to get posters/pubs out, which, as you said, will help significantly in your application.
  25. Clinical Psychology PhD programs don't really care about clubs. The Quant score may be a barrier though. Keep studying and see if you can boost it. If you can afford it, maybe one of those prep classes. Check out Magoosh for some additional resources. The biggest factor clinical psych programs look for is research match with your intended faculty mentor and research experience. You said you've been in a lab for several years. Do you have any posters at conferences or any publications? If not, definitely try to get your name on some research projects. Can you do a thesis? That's another good op
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