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rainydaychai

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    Clinical Psychology

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  1. That is all normal! I received the notice last week too and in the past, the results are available the morning of April 1st. Definitely not getting much sleep for the next couple days. 😅
  2. I can weigh in on how this happens in my program, but please keep in mind that this is just my experience in my own clinical program and that this may not generalize. In my time here, I've known a couple students who have started in the experimental program and completed (or almost completed) the MA portion of the program when they then applied to the clinical side. They were almost unilaterally successful, because at this point they have established relationships with both experimental and clinical faculty and have even collaborated on research with clinical faculty (usually, the faculty memb
  3. "Why didn't you get into grad school last year" [this was on my second app cycle, interviewing for the same program a second time] 😅
  4. Seconding this - I don’t think it’s just SCCP, I think this is becoming more common at all clinical programs. 3/8 of my cohort had MA degrees coming in to the program. I’m a graduate student interviewer for admissions to the program this cycle and most of the applicants my supervisor is considering this year have their MA.
  5. No major red flags, per se, but what @chickenlover12said and a few other reasons were why I was accepted there (as my only acceptance) in my first application year and ended up declining it and applying again. Message me if you want more information!
  6. Speaking as a current student, I applied straight out of undergrad, was waitlisted at a few places but ultimately did not gain acceptance, and then worked as a research coordinator for a lab very closely aligned with my research interests for a year. I applied again the following year and was successful! Looking back, I'm very grateful for my "gap year," as I figured out my research interests more, gained more research experience, and was actually able to go home and relax at 5pm sharp for a year, which was pretty darn nice (certainly not doing that anymore). This may not work for everyone, bu
  7. Throwing my two cents in as a two-time applicant and first year clinical PhD graduate student: 1. Take a deep breath and remember it's at the most basic level a conversation between two people who are both excited and knowledgeable about research in a given area. Maybe I'm in the minority, but especially before my first interviews of the season, I became incredibly nervous my mind would go blank or I would forget the English language - spoiler, it never happened! My anxiety actually decreased throughout the interview as I realized I could form coherent sentences (haha). 2. To second
  8. Current SFU clinical (forensic) grad student here! I would definitely not expect invites to go out until January, us graduate students were given the heads-up that the applicant shortlist will be determined in early January.
  9. I would second this. I applied straight out of undergrad on my first go and while I did get interviews, I was up against applicants who had their MAs and/or had 3+ years of clinical research coordinator experience at prestigious labs... there's just no comparison. I will add, though, that I was accepted with pubs under review and a book chapter in press but nothing in print! I just published my first article in my first semester of grad school, but it was a project from 2018 that I had been working on consistently until now. So it is doable to get accepted with no pubs, as long as you ca
  10. Speaking from my perception of the process, I think the distinction between a "formal" and "informal" interview is larger in the United States, and pre-COVID. Since USA clinical psych admissions overwhelmingly host applicants on campus during one specific weekend for a big to-do, informal interviews are anything before the big on-campus weekend (e.g., phone calls, Zoom interviews). Now, with most things being remote, I figure this stark distinction will blur. Even pre-COVID, though, many Canadian universities may host on-campus interview days but they aren't so much of a "big thing" and they o
  11. Speaking from my experience interviewing at one Canadian school, I was not required to go through any preliminary phone interviews, etc. The first year I applied, I attended the in-person interview day which consisted of two interviews with faculty (the two I listed on my statement of intent) and one graduate student in one of their labs. The second time I interviewed, I had a conflict, so I did those same three interviews (two with faculty, one with a grad student) remotely via Zoom or a phone call! These interviews were on different days, at the interviewer's and my own convenience. I'm assu
  12. Hi there! I'm a current first year clinical psych student, in a program with a formal forensic emphasis, so I thought I'd reach out. You look like you have great experience, particularly in regards to research! I would check out Simon Fraser University if you would consider moving to Canada, as there is very strong forensic representation there. Off the top of my head, I can also recommend Fordham, Sam Houston State, and Texas A&M. Feel free to send me a message if you want to chat more about clinical-forensic psych programs!
  13. I was accepted after my second round of applications and was accepted by a prof I had applied to before! I did not write a completely new personal statement. I solicited some advice on this topic from a few mentors and they generally agreed that 1) professors receive so many applications each year that they will not remember if your statement sounds similar and 2) as long as you are adding your new experiences from the past year, your statement will look sufficiently different. Personally, my personal statement's opening paragraph in my second application year was almost identical to my f
  14. Hi all! First year clinical psychology graduate student here who remembers all the craziness that is this time of the application season from last year. I'll echo the offer of a few others before me - feel free to message with any questions about the application process, and specifically if you have questions about Simon Fraser University's clinical program! Wishing everyone a successful application cycle.
  15. That's totally fine! My own area of interest is in forensics and I was lucky enough to get a very forensic-oriented lab coordinator position, I would have been happy working in any lab that studied major mental illness of any kind. I think that your plan of doing independent projects more related to your area of interest is great, as it allows you to gain experience in that area while simultaneously demonstrating your passion for the topic! I did something very similar within the broader field of forensic psychology - I still had a niche area I was interested in that my supervisor didn't resea
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