Hi everyone? This is my first post and I'm not entirely sure how this works, but I will be applying in the Fall 2019 cycle (for Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs) and have questions for those of you familiar with the process.
Bio: I have a BS in psychology from a big-name state school, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 4.0 psychology GPA and a cumulative 3.8. My GRE scores are, Verbal: 166, 97th percentile; Quant: 157, 66th percentile; Writing: 4.0, 60th percentile. Do I need to retake the GRE to bring up my math and writing scores, even though my combined score is a 323? I will have 2+ years of experience in a lab at an academic medical center by Fall of 2019. I am coordinating a study funded by the NIH, and have gained a lot of technical experience, but I will not have more than a few publications by then (if any).
I have narrowed down my program lists (so far) to:
PhD: University of South Florida, University of Colorado, East Carolina University, San Diego State University, Palo Alto University, University of Memphis, University of Florida, University of Houston, Drexel University, Virginia Commonwealth University (all based solely on faculty research interests).
PsyD: George Washington University, University of Denver, Loyola University, William James College.
I will also be applying to MPH and MAMHC programs as safeties, but I haven't decided how many.
As someone without a masters, or that many publications, should I ~realistically apply to fewer PhD and more PsyD/masters programs?
I plan on reaching out to prospective mentors at every PhD program I'm applying to. So, when is the best time to do that? From what I can tell, most programs don't post which faulty members are accepting PhD candidates until the early fall.
To anyone who actually reads all of that^ I appreciate you already!