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  1. I have one more year left of my BSc in Psychology. My degree doesn't require a history of psychology class, but I want to go into clinical psych and noticed that the CPA guidelines for classes mention a history of psychology class. If I took this class in my undergrad, would it mean I wouldn't have to take it in grad school?
  2. I can't offer any interview advice, as I'm still an undergrad myself, but I can recommend some papers on SEM and IRT that I read for an undergrad stats class and was able to understand with some work. For SEM: Formulating Clinical Research Hypotheses as Structural Equation Models: A Conceptual Overview (Hoyle & Smith, 1994) and Childhood Social Withdrawal, Interpersonal Impairment and Young Adult Depression: A Mediational Model (Katz et al., 2011). For IRT: An Introduction to Item Response Theory Using the Need for Cognition Scale (Edwards, 2009) and An Item Response Theory Analysis of the Subjective Happiness Scale (O'Connor et al., 2015). The first paper for each explains the concepts and the second paper was used as an example of how SEM or IRT could be applied. Let me know if you can't access the papers or if you need clarification on some points (I'm a bit rusty on the concepts now but I took detailed notes that made a lot of sense at the time). Good luck at your interview!
  3. I have 2 more years of my undergraduate degree to go and will be doing my Honours thesis next year. I will most likely be writing the GRE this summer and hope to get accepted to a Clinical Psychology program eventually. There's a grad student I am working with now who has offered to help me with my application and applying for funding. I realized I may as well write the GRE this summer so I have time to retake if I need to. My GPA is competitive but will only improve as I take more classes. If I apply next year I will have my name on 2 posters, but if I wait another year there's a strong possibility I will have a publication or two as well. Originally I was going to wait until I finished my degree, apply, and take a gap year. But the grad student seems to think I should apply next year. They will be leaving next year, which is why they're offering help now. Money is an issue for me, so I'm just trying to decide if it's worth to apply next year when I am a good applicant, or wait another year when I know I will be a great applicant? I was wondering what other people's experiences have been with situations like this? Also, if I don't apply next year, I will still accept the help to get some of my application ready, but I'm wondering what parts of the application it makes sense to get ready that far in advance?
  4. Thank you so much!! In regards to point 3, I am involved with a psychology lab doing research in the area of psych I'm interested in. My school has 2 campuses and I happen to be at the smaller one, so this is the only psych lab here doing research in my area of interest. I will be doing my honours thesis study in this lab, but there's not really opportunities to do anything else, which is why I'm looking at non-psych labs w research relevant to my interests.
  5. I'm a senior undergrad student looking to apply to clinical psych programs next year. I have a few questions: 1) I was wondering how presenting posters at undergraduate research conferences held by my uni would be viewed in grad school admissions? I will likely have the chance to present at least one poster at an international conference, but for other projects is it okay to be present at small conferences held by my uni or should I be pushing to present at a national or international conference? Cost would be an issue here and I think I would be more likely to have a first author poster at my uni's conference (vs. 2nd or 3rd author at a larger conference) 2) For my uni's undergrad conference, we have the option to apply to do a 10 minute oral presentation instead of a poster. Is this something I should aim for or are they considered equivalent in grad school admissions? 3) How is research experience from fields outside of psychology viewed? I'm helping with a social work study and as the only undergrad and the only onenot in social work, I will likely be last author on any posters or papers that come out of this, but I am learning a lot about qualitative research. I was also looking to get involved with studies run by profs in medicine and kinesiology at my school, because they fit w my research interests and overlap w psych a bit (deal w mental health, brain injury, etc. - I'm interested in health psych and neuropsych). Would it be better to help w a psychology study that isn't related to my interests or help w a non-psych study that overlaps w my research interests?
  6. My grad school applications are a whiles away but I'm trying to get as much research experience as I can because I eventually want to apply to PhD programs. I've figured out that I'm very interested in neuropsychology and cognitive psychology. I'm struggling to narrow it down a specific area I really love (everything is so interesting!!l) I was wondering how other people eventually found a specific research topic they have a passion for?
  7. I won't be applying for grad school for a couple more years but I have my sights set on getting my PhD in clinical psychology and becoming a neuropsychologist. I was just wondering how exactly that process works? I know I have to do my clinical psychology degree first and then specialize in neuropsychology after, but does the school I attend need to have a specific neuropsychology track? I've seen programs in the US that are specifically neuropsychology (and most neuropsychologists I've seen have attended school in the US) but I'm from Canada and would prefer to stay here. I know a few schools have neuropsychology streams but would it be possible to become a neuropsychologist without attending one of these schools? And if so, are there any specific things I do need to look for in schools?
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